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‘mesmerisingly exotic music’ – Birmingham Post review of Shakespeare Odes

This is the full review supplied by Christopher Morley. The version in the printed edition was curtailed. SHAKESPEARE ODES Ex Cathedra at Birmingham Town Hall **** Amidst last weekend’s plethora of Shakespeare celebrations Ex Cathedra was busy delivering a typically

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“one of Britain’s very best choirs … superb” – New York Times review of Shakespeare Odes

“Involving Ex Cathedra – one of Britain’s very best choirs… [Shakespeare Odes‬] was an event created in the spirit of the grand outpourings of collective praise for great men that historically were common practice… Ex Cathedra, with successive solo singers

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“stylishly performed” Guardian review of Shakespeare Odes

“stylishly performed … [Beamish’s] Shakespeare Masque is based on seven typically touching and witty poems by Duffy, which focus on Shakespeare the man rather than on his achievement. They move more or less chronologically through what we know of his

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5* Bach St Matthew Passion review – ‘particularly special’

‘Thank goodness for the event which year on year reminds us of what the day is really all about, Ex Cathedra’s annual performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion — and there is certainly a need for it, as Symphony Hall

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‘a very fine disc indeed’ – A Time to Dance CD reviews

‘It’s the sheer quality of Alec Roth’s invention that really makes its mark in this recording. Previous encounters with his vocal music have made it clear to me that this is a composer who writes imaginatively and with great understanding

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I was glad review – ‘a remarkable achievement’

‘Ex Cathedra without Jeffrey Skidmore? Perish the thought. The choir’s founder-director, we were told, has never missed a performance in its 46-year existence, so Sunday’s announcement that winter flu had forced him to withdraw came as an unprecedented surprise. ‘His

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