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‘extraordinary, transcendent’ – What’s On review of Christmas Music by Candlelight

‘An electrifying Peruvian pavane sung in the Inca language Quechua is an inspired choice to open Ex Cathedra’s Christmas Music by Candlelight in the 18th-century setting of St. Paul’s Church. There’s something unearthly about what follows: the choir separates into

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‘an abundance of musical riches’ – review of Bach Christmas Oratorio

‘Outside, the frying frankfurters and electronic yawp of the sound system told us that the annual festive market was with us. Inside, a very different aspect of Christmas was in evidence: music of grandeur, tenderness and sheer beauty… and abundance

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‘overwhelming’ – 5* review of The Grand Tour

“The programmes Jeffrey Skidmore devises for Ex Cathedra are not mere concert-offerings. They are also educational experiences and, beyond even that, fascinating examples of presentation, exploring every resource of the performance space. “Sunday afternoon’s sequence was brilliant in its simplicity,

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Rachmaninoff Vespers at Ryedale Festival – review

“A performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers by Ex Cathedra, conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore, was always going to be a musical treat, and indeed it was. “… the choir were in top form; it wasn’t just a question of balance and projection

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‘a breathtaking feat of pure ensemble singing’ 5* review of Summer Music by Candlelight

‘If you’ve been to one of Ex Cathedra’s candlelit Christmas concerts, you’ll know just how beautifully they’re devised. An imaginative selection of a capella repertoire, superbly sung; a handful of readings. And above all, an intense care over presentation –

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‘beautifully-imagined’ – Summer Music by Candlelight at Lichfield Cathedral

‘a beautifully-imagined candlelit sequence of mostly British choral music, beginning at 9pm and skilfully paced against the fading of the evening light through the Cathedral’s great west window… ‘…Skidmore and his choir do this sort of thing superbly: the real

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