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“Totally sublime” 5* review of Summer Music by Candlelight

“The first of this season’s performances definitely hit the ground running, attracting a capacity audience to Shrewsbury’s largest church. “In a hugely enjoyable collection of more than two dozen choral items Jeffrey Skidmore offered something for everyone, from the serious

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“riveting … spectacular” – 5* review of Mozart’s Women concert

“Drawing upon Jane Glover’s absorbing book Mozart’s Women, Jeffrey Skidmore devised and directed this absolutely riveting programme for Ex Cathedra, so stylishly accompanied by the CBSO, showcasing soloists spectacular both in vocal pyrotechnics and warm, well-sustained tenderness…” (Birmingham Post –

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‘sumptuous and sensual’ – Birmingham Post review of Monteverdi Vespers (1610)

“Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Vergine may be a single work, a collection of disparate pieces, or musical curriculum vitae… Pressing matters for the musicologist perhaps but less so for the listener who can simply marvel at this musical cornucopia, the

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‘as Baroque interpreters Ex Cathedra are hard to beat’ – 5*

‘You don’t really need an excuse to celebrate Bach, but linking him with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, which spawned the Reformation in October 1517, was an opportunity too good to miss. And so was this concert.

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‘another outstanding performance by a choir of the highest calibre’ – read the review

‘an evening imaginatively programmed, full of contrast and performed with outstanding sensitivity and warmth. Another outstanding performance by a choir of the highest calibre.’ Read the full review of Summer Music by Candlelight at www.reviewsgate.com

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‘meditative to the manic … simply splendid’ (Summer Music by Candlelight review)

‘At first glance one wondered if the choir’s selection for Summer Music by Candlelight had over-stretched that capacious category “eclectic”. Could a coherent midsummer evening’s entertainment embrace sixth-century plainchant, 13th century polyphony and an arrangement of Cliff Richards’ 1963 chart-topper

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