vocal ensemble
juice (‘The 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’ The Times) are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and the South Bank, King’s Place and the Roundhouse. In 2011, they made their US debut with concerts in New York and at the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2007, they were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.
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Juice Vocal Ensemble
Tangent Ensemble

Dancers: Gemma Payne, Alice Laidler, Andrea Just

Libretto: Kerry Andrew

Choreography: Andrew McNicol


This theatrical new work by Luke Styles features experimental vocal trio Juice and Trish Clowes' jazz/classical ensemble Tangent, performing alongside three live dancers.  Blurring the boundaries between dancer and musician, this evocative piece retells a Native Canadian folk tale in a playful, highly dynamic way.

‘I'm thrilled to have the chance to create a new work for such dynamic forces as Juice, Tangent and dancers. The exposure and performance platform for this as part of the New Music Biennial only increase the excitement I have to compose something virtuosic, lyric, energised and with a touch of improvisation.’ Luke Styles

‘Juice are thrilled to have been selected for the New Music Biennial! It will be a huge pleasure to present our piece in Glasgow and at London's Southbank. We’re really looking forward to collaborating with Luke, Trish Clowes and Tangent, and working with a choreographer for the first time.’


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The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars was commissioned by Juice Vocal Ensemble.


Produced with the support of partners and funders:



The performance of The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars was recorded live by the BBC at the Southbank Centre, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio on 12 July 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201409
Release Date:
4 August 2014