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La Vie…..La Mort – from the Tudor Consort

By , 12/06/2010
Perhaps it was because I'd arrived with only a few minutes to spare before the concert began; but inside the cathedral was an almost unnervingly ambient worshipful silence - I almost expected to be "shushed!" if I had even dared try to exchange pleasantries with either of my seated neighbours, so I gave myself over instead to contemplation and furtive observation. A large image-screen had been placed just to... read more

St.Andrew’s concert – Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi

The performers were brave to tackle a difficult and unusual work such as this cycle of nine songs, and perhaps it was not only the recent bad weather that deterred some from attending the lunch-time concert. However, it proved to be an interesting and worthwhile recital. Messiaen’s songs were written in 1936 for his wife, violinist and composer Claire Delbos, whose nickname was Mi.  He wrote the words himself, with Biblical... read more

Warmth amid the cold – Song Recital at Old St.Paul’s

By , 08/06/2010
Despite the rain and cold doing its best to dampen people's concert-going inclinations, soprano Janey MacKenzie got a heartening and enthusiastic attendance of determined music-lovers at her lunchtime recital with pianist Robyn Jaquiery at Old St.Paul's Church. The performers very quickly made up for the inclement weather through their communicative warmth and whole-hearted enjoyment of what they were presenting for their audience's grateful pleasure, an interchange evident from the response... read more

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