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“magnificent purity of sound” BBC Music Magazine review of Celestial Bird CD

“sumptuous harmonies that soar and sting, aptly showcasing Ex Cathedra’s magnificent purity of sound… “elegantly-shaped and full of warmth, rather like this disc as a whole.” (BBC Music Magazine) Read more of the  review of our Celestial Bird CD, watch

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“never looked and sounded so good” – another 5* review of Summer Music by Candlelight

“Ex Cathedra presented a glorious evening of diverse choral music suitable for a summer’s evening in the magnificent setting of Birmingham’s St Phillip’s Cathedral by candlelight. There was a delightful balance of material, ranging from 6th and 7th Century plainchant,

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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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