Reviews

CREDO – James MacMillan 
Rushley Singers with Manchester Chamber Choir and Northern Sinfonia Chorus
BBC Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 7th August 2012
The three choirs….combined perfectly in this well defined and cleanly delivered account
                       – Guardian 8/8/12
MacMIllan said the he wanted to give the choirs “a good sing” and the
three groups joined here……… did him proud
 -Daily Telegraph 9/8/12
 
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MESSIAH
Lancaster Cathedral, Friday 24th May, 2013
SINGERS UNLOCK A GEM
                                       A performance of Handel’s grand choral masterpiece, Messiah, provided the start to
                                       Lancaster’s ‘Georgian Gems Unlocked’ Festival.
                                       Handel composed Mesiah in 1741 for modest vocal and instrumental forces and only
                                       much later was it adapted for larger numbers. The Rushley Singers returned to Handel’s
                                      original concept with 26 voices and a small string ensemble led by Mary Gibson with
                                      Ann Bond (harpsichord) and Tina Macrae (cello) providing continuo.
                                     The standards were exceptionally high with the four soloists adding quality to the
                                     performance. Sarah Kelly (soprano) excelled with her true voice; Miranda Westcott
                                     (contralto) brought moving expression; Simon Lee (tenor) had a purity of tone rarely
                                     heard to such advantage and Richard Paterson (bass) gave fine gravitas. All were pitch
                                     perfect and good.
                                    Under Rachael Lee’s direction, the Rushley Singer’s technical excellence provided
                                    magnificent contrasts, from delicate running notes and dancing rhythms to filling the
                                    cathedral with remarkable sound. Attention to phrasing and dynamics was meticulous
                                    and Rachael held all together with quiet authority.
Anne Kerr, Westomorland Gazette, 13/6/2013
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