“Ex Cathedra presented a glorious evening of diverse choral music suitable for a summer’s evening in the magnificent setting of Birmingham’s St Phillip’s Cathedral by candlelight. There was a delightful balance of material, ranging from 6th and 7th Century plainchant, and works from the renaissance through to specially commissioned works by contemporary composers, and arrangements of popular music. There was also a world premiere of Dawn Chorus – Child of Heaven by Roxanna Panufnik (b. 1968).
“Great fun was had with a set of lighter numbers: an adapted Mozart medley, Gershwin’s Summertime, Summer Holiday, Singin’ in the Rain and the ever-popular ‘Chanson Classique’, La Mer by Charles Trenet.
“The choir and its soloists have never looked and sounded so good. June 2018 is proving to be ‘Flaming June’ in terms of the balmy weather. Similarly, this was an evening of music to inflame heart and soul. A truly memorable evening with a choir and conductor of the very highest calibre.”
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