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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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I was glad review – ‘exuberantly optimistic and uplifting’

‘An exuberantly optimistic and uplifting concert, Ex Cathedra’s I was glad is thoughtfully programmed with characteristically eclectic choices from Jeffrey Skidmore. Sadly, due to illness, the choir’s founder was unable to conduct, but Paul Spicer stepped in with energy and

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‘a renewed sense of mystery and wonder’ – Artsdesk review of Christmas Music by Candlelight

‘Is it possible for a carol concert to have a cult following? Ex Cathedra’s annual Christmas Music by Candlelight performances in St Paul’s Church have quietly grown into a Birmingham institution. The audience has evolved its own rituals: camping out

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‘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

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