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Hertfordshire Chorus Reviews


quotation-leftA deeply moving work that showcases the composer’s ability to craft sumptuous melodies and build powerful climaxes with a full chorus and orchestra…this was a powerful concert that will stay with me for quite some time.

BBC Music Magazine Online

It is heart-on-sleeve, sometimes unashamedly so, with a passion that is intoxicating.

Financial Times Online

I gripped the side of my seat trying not to weep. And failed… Deeply moving to all those increasingly familiar with Turing’s story and profoundly beautiful, illuminating and touching to those who are to discover him through this piece. A humanising communion with the spirit of a beautiful man. A man punished (in spite of his importance to all of us as a war hero, codebreaker and the father of modern computer science) for being alive in an intolerant time. This is a wonderful, personal tribute and unique perspective on an extraordinary man and his tragic story.quotation-right

Benedict Cumberbatch

James McCarthy Codebreaker: Barbican Hall

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Hertfordshire Chorus’ ‘first class’ performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom at St Albans Cathedral

The members demonstrated just what a well-drilled choir should be able to do.
It presented excellent diction and, under its musical director David Temple, presented fine colour and dynOverall Hertfordshire Chorus’s performance of The Kingdom was a great success.
Even though it was 90 minutes without a break, time flew and all those can be proud of their achievement.

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John Manning Herts Advertiser

Elgar The Kingdom: St Albans Cathedral

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quotation-leftThe performance in St Albans Cathedral, with the Chorus under its musical director David Temple and soloists soprano Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, mezzo Jessica Costelloe, tenor Paul Hopwood and bass Graeme Danby together with the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, was completely absorbing.

The overall performance from the choir and the orchestra was as good as anyone could wish with fine intonation and great care with the often difficult music. quotation-right

John Manning Herts Advertiser 

Tippett A Child of our Time: St Albans Cathedral

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quotation-leftPut simply, it was the finest performance of The Kingdom that I have ever heard, or can ever hope to hear… this was the real Elgar, and a performance of The Kingdom of which everyone involved can be immensely proud.

In David Temple there was, for once, a conductor who actually took notice of the directions Elgar has given in his score, and the result was a revelation. I went armed with pencil and notepad, expecting to be dutifully critical, but these were discarded within a few minutes as the force of Elgar’s inspiration took hold.

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Martin Bird, The Elgar Society Journal

Elgar The Kingdom: St Albans Cathedral

 

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quotation-leftA truly inspirational evening…The whole programme was a delight… Hertfordshire Chorus suggested to me last year at the Barbican, in a spectacular performance of the Mass In Blue they commissioned from Will Todd, that they can hold their own against any choir in the land. This year at the Royal Festival Hall my view was confirmed.
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Helen Wright, MusicOMH

Holst Hymn to Jesus, Berlioz Te Deum, Tallis Spem in Alium: Royal Festival Hall

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