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Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: Review

At the first rehearsal following our Autumn concert, many choir members commented on the profound and lasting effect Monteverdi’s Vespers has had on them. A number of us still had passages swimming in our minds long after the final chord and, while throwing ourselves into preparation for the upcoming Christmas and Messiah concerts was in some ways a relief, this is a concert that will live long in our memories as one of the most challenging, rewarding and exhilarating we have taken part in in recent times.

Writing for the North East Post, Steve Whitaker reviewed the concert shortly afterwards and commented on, amongst other things, the instrumentalists’ delicacy and veracity, the soloists’ vocal command and authority, and the ‘transformative chemistry’ between the choir and our chorusmaster and conductor, Greg Batsleer.

Read Steve’s full review here:


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