Sunday, 25 November 2007

Good write-up

The Handel & Haydn concert was very good - but you don't have to take my word for it. Here's the review by Jerald Smith that appeared in the Express & Star last Monday:

"An atmosphere of foreboding is set in the opening Kyrie with the City of Wolverhampton Choir, clearly well prepared for this event, managing to catch the drama and anguish of the uncertainties which faced Europe at the time.

"Conductor Gary Cole has worked hard with his singers and the result is a much more compact sound and tightness of ensemble, with only the cloremely [sic] able quartet of soloists - soprano Gemma Busfield, contralto Kathryn Chrimes-Morgan, tenor Roger Brotherton and baritone Paul Mocroft - all sang their parts admirably and the Wolverhampton Chamber Orchestra provided an excellent accompaniment.

"Saturday's programme began with a pair of Handel Coronation Anthems. Zadok The Priest has been sung at every coronation since 1727 and the choir performed it with enthusiasm."

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