Choral music

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Venice Biennale Musica review – things old, new, borrowed and bleurgh
The contemporary music strand of the Italian festival brought a typically elegant and thoughtful music theatre work by Michel van der Aa; less successful was Yvette Janine Jackson’s ‘radio opera’ Left Behind

Andrew Clements

26, Sep, 2022 @11:06 AM

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Three Choirs festival: Quo Vadis review – George Dyson’s soul-searching oratorio still resonates
Hereford Cathedral
Referencing the greats of English poetry, the remarkable polymath’s work asks questions about life, death and the great beyond

Rian Evans

27, Jul, 2022 @10:48 AM

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St Paul’s Cathedral to admit girls to choir for first time in 900 years
First girls will join in 2025 after boarding school facilities have been expanded

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

05, May, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Hitting the high notes: the lessons of all singing from the same sheet
Singing with others is a joyful thing, even in difficult times, writes Joe Moran

Joe Moran

20, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Maya Shenfeld: In Free Fall review – 21st-century tech communes with the ancient
The Jerusalem-born sound artist’s debut invokes the transcendent via a compelling mix of analogue synths, brass and human voices

John Lewis

04, Feb, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Francis Jackson obituary
Organist and composer of Anglican sacred music with a secret love of big bands

Barry Millington

03, Feb, 2022 @5:41 PM

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Classical home listening: young composers and Handel’s power women
The National Youth Choir of Great Britain have been busy commissioning, while Sandrine Piau soars on Enchantresses

Fiona Maddocks

22, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The week in classical: Tosca; Handel’s Messiah with the Hanover Band
Half Italian, half Tunbridge Wells, Freddie De Tommaso is a sensational Cavaradossi. Elsewhere, there’s maximum Messiah uplift

Fiona Maddocks

18, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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From wassails to Wexford: the best classical Christmas albums of 2021
From an empty King’s College chapel to a treble duo with a cause, domestic Elizabethan music to the balm of vocals and kora, small-scale is beautiful

Fiona Maddocks

18, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Schmaltzy, saccharine, sinister? A guide to the worst Christmas carols
I enjoy Ding Dong Merrily on High, but disapprove of my own enthusiasm. And don’t get me started on We Wish You a Merry Christmas ...

Emma Beddington

15, Dec, 2021 @4:31 PM

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An Elizabethan Christmas review – a feeling of consolation you can hunker down with
Festive viol pieces and consort songs from Tudor and Stuart winter celebrations offer moments for both contemplation and rejoicing

Erica Jeal

09, Dec, 2021 @3:27 PM

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Men Who Sing review – adorable Welsh geezers tug at the heartstrings
Dylan Williams’ wry eye for comedy stops this documentary about a senior Welsh male voice choir from being too sentimental

Leslie Felperin

02, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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