“Totally sublime” 5* review of Summer Music by Candlelight

“The first of this season’s performances definitely hit the ground running, attracting a capacity audience to Shrewsbury’s largest church.

“In a hugely enjoyable collection of more than two dozen choral items Jeffrey Skidmore offered something for everyone, from the serious to the tastefully silly, plainsong to popular…

“But it’s at the serious end of the musical spectrum where Ex Cathedra’s choral virtuosity and fabulous tonal range fully reside. We heard this at the start, in the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Dawn Chorus – Child of Heaven, a glorious Indian-inspired depiction of awakening day glowing into life… Equally tantalising was Eriks Esenvalds’ Stars, an unusually moving and subtly passionate piece with its gentle rhythmic pulses and accompaniment of tuned wine glasses.

“Ex Cathedra’s composer-in-residence Alec Roth was also represented, his Stargazer songs rich in subtle word-painting and, in the train number, ear-teasing onomatopoeic effects. And it was Roth’s music which ended the programme, his Night Prayer sung at the High Altar like a distant coda which gently drifted into silence. Totally sublime.”

(Birmingham Post – 5*)

Book now to hear this concert:
– Tue 19 Jun, 8.30pm || Birmingham Cathedral
– Wed 20 Jun, 8.30pm || Birmingham Cathedral
– Sat 30 Jun, 4pm || Sutton Concerts in the Park
– Sun 15 Jul, 8.30pm || Buxton International Festival
– Sat 28 Jul, 7.45pm || Dartington Summer School

SMBC - Bham Post

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