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The A Cappella Academy

'There is no purer expression of music than using an instrument which is in-built.' – Timothy Wayne-Wright

Building skills in the precise art of a cappella singing is the vocal equivalent of preparing instrumentalists to perform chamber music. UKARIA is proud to support the development of South Australian, national, and international choral traditions and has appointed Timothy Wayne-Wright as Choral Consultant. Tim created The A Cappella Academy, which launched globally at UKARIA in April 2022 and featured Adelaide Chamber Singers and Aurora Vocal Ensemble directed by Christie Anderson, and Festival Statesmen Chorus directed by Jonathan Bligh. The A Cappella Academy returned in 2023 with The Gesualdo Six as Ensemble-in-Residence and was once again directed by Tim. 

We are delighted to announce that the 2024 edition of the UKARIA A Cappella Academy will feature VOCES8 as Ensemble-in-ResidenceVOCES8 will perform three bespoke programs in the first half of each concert, followed by recitals from Adelaide Chamber Singers, Aurora Vocal Ensemble and Festival Statesmen Chorus in the second half. Each concert will culminate in a special collaborative performance. In addition to the three concerts, Tim will lead professional development workshops for singers and conductors on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June.


VOCES8 with Adelaide Chamber Singers | Friday 14 June 7.30pm 

VOCES8 with Aurora Vocal Ensemble | Saturday 15 June 7.30pm

VOCES8 with Festival Statesmen Chorus | Sunday 16 June 2.30pm

Read the 2023 Review  The A Cappella Academy CutCommon

Read the 2022 Review The A Cappella Academy InReview


'VOCES8’s gorgeous sound, impeccable ensemble and intense responsiveness to text, harmony and melodic shape is all of the highest quality. Hearing them sing is a joy.'

BBC Music Magazine

Established in 2005 by brothers Paul and Barnaby Smith, GRAMMY-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8 epitomises the magic of a cappella singing. The ensemble’s reputation for world-class performances across a wide range of repertoire has grown exponentially, and in recent years, alongside their live performances, the ensemble has increased its global reach through high quality video production. Their ten LIVE from London festivals, created as a specific response to the pandemic through The VOCES8 Foundation, have sold over 250,000 tickets across the globe.

Timothy Wayne-Wright

Tim was a member of the GRAMMY award-winning a cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers for ten years. During that time, he toured the world, singing over 1,500 concerts in some of the world's greatest venues, including London's Royal Albert Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Tim has taught over 500 masterclasses and workshops, imparting chamber music skills and techniques to choirs and instrumentalists across the globe.

Since leaving The King's Singers in 2018, he continues to thrive as part of the choral scene internationally. He's the Artistic Director of CHORALSPACE's Winter and Summer Festivals in Berlin, 2021–2023, and also manages an exciting roster of artists (including The Gesualdo Six) and holds consultancy roles with vocal ensembles in both the UK and Canada. In March 2021, Tim moved to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children.