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Soothing sounds in Westminster

The boggy patch formerly known as Thorney Island is set this Summer to become even murkier, with skullduggery and constitutional challenges to tax the best and wisest of us. We’ll be heading there in the opposite spirit: for Evensong at Westminster Abbey on Monday 12th August. Join us for some calm, aided by Eriks Ešenvalds’ Magnificat and Gustav Holst’s Nunc dimittis, under the direction of Greg Drott. The service begins at 17:00 but the queue can be long, so get there by 16:30.

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“… the Holst Singers gave everything”

Holst Singers

“Too many felicities of colour, nuance and detail to mention, from the good-humoured, capricious continuo to farting contrabassoon, the contrasting derivation of the choral fugues from Bach and Handel, Lucy Crowe’s amorous cooings and flutterings as lark and dove. Everything was done with a terrific sense of enjoyment: I’ve rarely seen such a smiley bunch of performers. And the lodestone, in a performance with a far bigger, fuller and less namby-pamby sound than I’ve heard from a period band in a while, was an excitement in the process – of creation, and of its musical representation – something new around every corner, a pervasive feeling of wonder and rapture and surprise. Crowe was on her best, open-hearted and communicative form, Ben Hulett a clarion Uriel, William Berger a lyrical Raphael and Adam; the Holst Singers gave everything – notably the tenors swelling out of the top of The heavens are telling (here Die Himmel erzählen, in the original German).”

(From the Critics Circle review of “Die Schöpfung” at St John’s Smith Square, 19th Nov 2018)

Full Critics Circle review

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