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2011-12 Season

Audience Comments

June 2012 - Antonín Dvořák's Stabat Mater

"Flew in from America yesterday, and really enjoyed this concert on the first day of my trip." - Donna.

March 2012 - Italian Baroque Concert

"A delightfully programmed concert"

"The choir has moved on a lot in the last few years."

"I was so glad to be able to get to the concert. I thought the programming was imaginative. The duet and solo complemented the choir singing, particularly in the solid block of the Scarlatti. It gave a well-balanced evening."

Press Reviews

December 2011 - Rachmaninov Vespers; Mendelssohn's Hymns - Leicester Mercury

"A clash with a performance of Handel’s Messiah just down the road seems to have done little to weaken the support for the Leicester Bach Choir’s December performance at St James the Greater Church.

Claire Bartrum’s rich soprano tones opened a concert of contrasts, beginning with Felix Mendelssohn’s Hymns.

Interspersed with full choir passages, the rich tones of this bright, beautiful piece reverberated in the church’s excellent acoustic. Full of energy, the choir brought the work to a joyful conclusion.

Mendelssohn’s grand Sonata No 2 in C minor for organ provided a transition to the main work of the evening, with organist Ivan Linford giving a wonderfully flowing and expressive performance. Ivan made excellent use of the tonal resources of this powerful instrument.

With soloists Clare Bartrum and tenor Kelvin Steele, the scene was set for Sergei Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil; commonly known as Vespers.

The bright and stunningly performed opening, O Come Let Us Worship, led into the dark-sounding Bless the Lord O My Soul. One could almost smell the incense in its atmospheric Russian Orthodox harmonies and this set the scene for the rest of the performance.

The choir conveyed the complex harmonies and multiple parts with clarity and beauty. The basses deserve particular credit. Thrilling; conductor Richard Laing was in charge of a breathtaking performance."



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