Created in 2011, the Ensemble Sottovoce is a musical ensemble with two main caracteriscs.
The first one is to be a vocal quartet and to being composed by four full-time members.
The second one is that the Sottovoce Ensemble is comprised by young singers and musiciens, professionals or semi-professionals.
Video realized throught the 5th anniversary of the Ensemble, in 2016.
© Raphaël Réales - July 2016.
AT THE BEGINNING, A FUND RAISING FOR AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP.
At the beginning of 2011, Angéline Johnston proposed to three of her friends to create a vocal quartet, in order to realize a fund raising for an educational trip organized in a primary school of Vannes (Brittany, France). The first concert of the Ensemble is organized on April 16th, 2011, at the Church St Vincent-Ferrier in Vannes.
It is the beginning of the adventure for the ensemble: they decided to pursue this experience after their first concert and created the Sottovoce Ensemble.
© Isabelle Bleckmann - July 2016.
In July 2011, few months after its first concert, the Sottovoce Ensemble has been invited to open the "Chapels in concert" festival, organized by Auray's tourist office, in Britanny. The Sottovoce Ensemble has made numerous collaborations then, as with the "7 chapelles en arts" Festival in Guidel (2013), "Festival de la Baie des Caps" in Étables-sur-Mer (2016), Les Musicales de Redon (2017), Les Folles Journées Polyphoniques in South of France (2018) or the Open Music Festival (2019). They integrated the musical season of St-Merry's church in Paris in 2020.
Since 2011, the Ensemble Sottovoce has made more than forty concerts. Singing in a reduced vocal ensemble is a rather unusual initiative, and the Ensemble Sottovoce proposes to their public a new experience, though a large and eclectic repertoire, going to the very beginning of the Baroque period until contemporary pieces and exclusive creations.
A GROWING SUCESS THROUGH THE YEARS.
© Francis Payol - August 2019.
AN ENSEMBLE WHICH ALSO WORKS ON SOCIAL MEDIAS
Downloaded few days after a concert in July 2011, a first recording of the famous "Cantique de Jean Racine", composed by the French composer Gabriel Fauré, has had good results on the Youtube platform, with thousands of views around the world.
One year later, the Sottovoce Ensemble has decided to create its own Youtube channel and downloads several pieces recordings each year. Like this, it has risen its audience and thanks to the social medias, create a community which gave to the Ensemble some amazing opportunities like working with professional soloists or singing unpublished works and exclusive creations by living composers.
© Nicolas Fourault - August 2017.
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IN THE PRESS:
Nicolas Lafitte's broadcast on France Musique
"Histoire Dingo de l'opéra "Lakmé" de Léo Delibes". With Belgium soprano Jodie Devos.
On 28th May, 2016.
In Robat Arwyn's broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru
A Variety of Music
On 2nd December, 2018.