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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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‘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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