Critic applaudes Choir's performance of Bach

Stephen Cleobury conducting the Choir

The Choir's performance of Bach's St John Passion has received an enthusiastic review on MusicalCriticism.com. The Choir performed the work twice over the Easter period, once in King's College Chapel and once in the Cadogan Hall, London. Reviewer Mike Reynolds attended the Cadogan Hall concert on 29 April.

He noted that despite the different acoustics in the Chapel and Cadogan Hall, 'the sound world that was created on the concert stage was vivid, beautifully controlled, subtle and always in balance.'

The Director of Music at King's, Stephen Cleobury, 'conducted a richly satisfying account of one of Bach's most glorious scores...The result was a musical, and a spiritual treat.'

Stephen Cleobury was conducting the Choir, the Academy of Ancient Music, and soloists Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), James Laing (counter-tenor), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Marcus Farnsworth (bass), Andrew Kennedy (Evangelist) and David Wilson-Johnson (Christ).

Reynolds concludes, 'So a St John Passion to remember, and hopefully a foundation stone for many things to come on the London scene from these rather wonderful musical forces.' Read the full review.

For future concerts by the Choir, see Choir concerts and tours. For more information about Stephen Cleobury and the Choir see the Choir pages.

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4 May 2011