Bach B minor Mass – audience reaction

‘I can’t tell you how impressed we were with the concert – every aspect of it, especially the choir, of course.  And I did think the counter tenor and tenor were rather wonderful.  The pace was just perfect – loved the faster-than-usual Laudate Dominum – and we were sorry when it all ended.  Thanks for putting on what the Americans would call A Great Show!’

‘I so enjoyed the concert and was very impressed by your choir – all that rehearsal certainly paid off.’

‘I’m so sorry we left without congratulating you for such a wonderful performance last night: we thought it was wonderful. Let us know of future performances!’

‘Thank you for such a magnificent performance.  We were very impressed by the combination of voices and instruments in such an interesting place.’

‘Simply beautiful and totally cohesive.  Everyone in the choir was so engaged, looking ahead, communicating with the audience and focused rather than buried in their scores. You produced a stunning sound.  I found iextremely moving and spiritual and have to confess I welled up a couple of times. Truly joyous, moving and life-enhancing.’

‘It was so beautifully sung, just rich and varied. I have seen marvellous etchings of Bach in his churches, with the choir around him, I can just imagine how pleased he would be with CML’s interpretation.’

‘How wonderful to sit in a Wren church listening to Bach’s masterpiece performed by Collegium Musicum singing and playing with so much pleasure.’

‘Collegium Musicum gave a fine performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor. The soloists were exquisite and the choir and orchestra gave them great support. A lovely evening of beautiful music in a beautiful Wren church.’

‘What an uplifting experience it was to hear Bach’s joyous B minor Mass performed with great feeling by the Collegium Musicum of London under Greg Morris in a beautiful Wren church.’

‘A wonderful performance of a great work. A very enjoyable and uplifting evening.’

‘Quite simply amazing.  International standard.’

‘A memorable B Minor Mass –there were moments of complete ecstasy: The trumpets were superb every time they contributed (often, of course, to our great pleasure), the woodwinds similarly throughout,  but especially the duo of flutes intertwining so perfectly with the soloists.  The pairing of Philippa Hyde and the understated tenor Nathan Vale was quite beautiful, further embellished by their obvious enjoyment of the partnership, and Ben Williamson’s voice was thrillingly rich throughout – no ‘Counter Tenor screech’ needed in his upper register! One thing that impressed me in the Choir’s performance (very pure sound from the Sopranos was as expected!!) was the unusually soft phrasing and melodious effects achieved by the altos and tenors – with the basses sufficiently resonant when they needed to be.  Greg clearly has a very sure touch as well as an obedient crew to work with.’