News & Reviews

Read reviews of our performances and find out what the choir has been up to...

News & Reviews

Read reviews of our performances and find out what the choir has been up to...

Haydn: Theresienmesse | Rutter: Magnificat

Soloists: Jo Boddison (Soprano), Kathryn Woodruff (Mezzo), John Bowley (Tenor), Andrew Ashwin (Bass)

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The Choir exploited the St Mary’s acoustic to the full and produced a beautifully mature, well-blended sound which was incisive and clearly articulated

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Review by Grahame Whitehead for Nottingham Evening Post
Mar 27, 2010

The Nottingham Bach Choir under Paul Hale was in top form for this performance of Haydn’s Theresienmesse and John Rutter’s Magnificat. These liturgical settings come from very different musical backgrounds, almost two centuries apart, but they complemented…

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Grier: Around the Curve of the World | Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens | Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Soloists Soprano: Dorothee Jansen, Mezzo: Sarah Pring, Tenor: Stephen Brown, Bass: Adrian Clarke

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Combining human emotions and the changing motions of the sea, choir and orchestra resembled a constantly turning kaleidoscope

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Review by Peter Palmer for Nottingham Evening Post
Nov 29, 2009

Francis Grier wrote Around the Curve of the World (2000) for a specific occasion, the 150th anniversary of an Anglican colony in New Zealand.

Such works often get a couple of performances at most, so does Grier’s deserve better? Nottingham…

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Elgar: Te Deum and Benedictus | Haydn: Te Deum | Durufle: Requiem

Soloists: Zena Bradley (Mezzo), Stephen Cooper (Bass), Margaret Chadwick (Cello), John Keys (Organ)

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Choir and organist complemented each other with style and panache

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Review by Peter Palmer for Nottingham Evening Post
Jun 27, 2009

OUTSIDE the world of French organ music, Maurice Duruflé is remembered for one work, the Requiem Mass he composed in 1947.

In character the piece is largely meditative and intimate – although Duruflé’s setting of the “Pie Jesu” text departs…

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RODERICK WILLIAMS MASTER CLASS

Leader: Roderick Williams. Accompanist: Angela Foan
RODERICK WILLIAMS MASTER CLASS

Roderick Williams
Mar 14, 2020

This is a fantastic opportunity for local, young aspiring singers, aged 16 to 21, to perform to, and be coached by, one of this country’s leading professional singers. The masterclass is one of the choir’s initiatives aimed at encouraging young singers…

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Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245

Soloists Mary Bevan (Soprano), Roderick Morris (Counter-tenor), Richard Dowling (Tenor, arias), James Oxley (Tenor, Evangelist), Marcus Farnsworth (Bass, arias), Stephen Cooper (Bass, Jesus)

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The choir’s first cries of ‘Herr, unser Herrscher’ were delivered with such fervent conviction that there seemed no choice but to believe that goodness will rise triumphantly out of betrayal and humiliation

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Review by William Ruff for Nottingham Evening Post
Mar 21, 2009

YOU could tell that the St John Passion is well and truly embedded in the lifeblood of the Bach Society. Their long familiarity with Bach’s great work meant the story could be told with a vivid sense of drama and that the audience could have confidence…

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Verdi: Requiem

Elisabeth Meister (Soprano), Lise Christensen (Mezzo), James Edwards (Tenor), Paul Reeves (Bass)

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Everything combined to bring alive the texts with an immediacy which transcended their traditional Christian context and spoke to both the heart and the mind

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Review by Grahame Whitehead for Nottingham Evening Post
Nov 29, 2008

From the hushed opening Requiem aeternam to the final heartfelt Libera me, this was an interpretation that brought out the depths of Verdi’s masterpiece. All the components of a fine performance were there: superb solo work from Elisabeth Meister (soprano),…

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