‘shimmering harmonies’ – Birmingham Post review of Christmas Music by Candlelight

‘It’s not every Christmas concert that complete strangers in the audience spontaneously offer you a mug of mulled wine in the interval. But then the beautifully-conceived sequences of Christmas Music by Candlelight that Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra present each Christmas at St Paul’s Church aren’t just any Christmas concerts. That spirit of goodwill has become part of the experience: few concerts in Birmingham each year create such a sense of community between performers and audience.

‘The formula remains as simple as ever: mostly unaccompanied vocal music performed in near-darkness and punctuated by carefully chosen readings. It works beautifully…

‘shimmering harmonies seemed to glow in the darkness like an Aurora borealis. Once again, Skidmore and his team achieved the impossible on a raucous pre-Christmas night in central Brum – restoring both mystery and optimism to this much-abused season.’

Read the rest of the review at www.birminghampost.co.uk

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