“the singing of Ex Cathedra was superb. Their exemplary dynamic range enabled them to bring ‘Hail, O Virgin Mother of God’ (‘Bogoroditse Devo’) vividly to life while movement 8, ‘Praise ye the name of the Lord’, was joyful, the rhythms expertly sprung. Later, dynamic contrasts were used to maximum effect in the service of the music in ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’ and the concluding ‘O queen of the heavenly host’ was rendered as jubilant and exciting as it should be through the choir’s fervent singing.
“It was evident that the singers had been prepared in scrupulous detail by Jeffrey Skidmore but there was nothing studied about the performance. Instead, under his unobtrusive but clear direction, the performance emerged as fresh and completely committed. At the end there was an unusually extended, profound silence as if the audience collectively were reluctant to break the spell of the superb performance they had just experienced.
“This was a richly rewarding performance which did full justice to Rachmaninov’s great choral masterpiece. It offered proof, if proof were needed, of why Ex Cathedra are regarded as one of the UK’s elite choirs.”
Read the full review at www.seenandheard-international.com.
And don’t miss the concert in Birmingham on Sunday 27 October, 4pm – book here!