“A superb evening of choral music” …

…that was what Tim Wilcock said about Cadenza at the Fringe 2018 in his review published on Fringe Review, in which he awarded us a ‘Highly Recommended Show” rating. He poured universal praise on the concert, from John Cameron’s arrangement of Elgar’s Lux Aeterna which was “a beautifully reflective opening, building to a sound that soared around this iconic Edinburgh venue” to Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, where “the choir pulled off this difficult work with aplomb, with crisp, bright entries, superb diction and a rousing Amen“. The highlight of the concert, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms performed 100 years to the day since the composer’s birth, was recognised as “a fitting celebration of the event with a faultless performance”.

Libby Crabtree, who was bringing to a close a very successful stint as Interim Musical Director with the choir, was singled out for special praise, as Tim noted that her “expert guidance has seen this choir really up its game”. Additionally, he comments that “her passion and conviction as a conductor is obvious – she lives the music”.

All in all, Tim summarised the performance as follows:

“This was Cadenza on top form from start to finish.  Entries were precise, the balance between voices just about perfect, soloists clear and sharp, semi-choir supportive, diction at times like cut glass and there was expression and conviction in each piece.  This wasn’t a choir bashing out notes, it was a choir telling a story.  To great effect.”


Read the full review on our Reviews page.

Posted: Tuesday 28 August 2018 at 10:48 pm

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