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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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‘Another distinguished St Matthew Passion from Ex Cathedra’ – review

‘Another distinguished St Matthew Passion from Ex Cathedra… an emotionally charged performance by any stretch, above all I experienced compassion, reflection and optimism… As the events of Golgotha unfolded, the hope of resurrection percolated the auditorium during the final combined

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‘full fontal wall of sound’ – FT review of Carmina Burana

‘This year is also the 20th anniversary of David Bintley’s directorship. By the time he took over in 1995 Bintley had already choreographed several popular hits … and his first ballet as director was another crowd-pleaser: Carmina Burana… ‘The vocal ensemble Ex

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