Saturday, October 19th saw CML return to Temple church for a polished and moving performance of choral music by Duruflé, Pulenc and Fauré. A large and appreciative audience enjoyed the atmospheric surroundings and in particular the contributions of soloists Joanna Harries, Michael Hickman and Sophie Harries, alongside virtuoso organist Daniel Moult.
‘One voice of exceptional quality, rich in tone and enhanced by practice and study, is a joy to behold. It almost seems excessive of the Collegium Musicum to amass thirty-odd of such talents, and blend their individual skills into an auditory feast for anyone lucky enough to catch one of their performances. They blend together in a celebration of singing that lifts the spirits and touches the soul. But even this does not suffice: the Collegium also offers soloists of deep skill and rich tone, and adds a cello to enrich and enhance the human voice; while an organ supplements and adorns. This is bordering on an excessive feast of sensual qualities even before it is staged in one of London’s oldest monuments – the impeccable Temple Church. The event is a serious joy; the Collegium, an enterprise of great talent and knowledge from which the highest standards are presented with dignity, assurance and understanding. Quite wonderful!’
‘Very talented choristers. Excellent choice of repertoire. Very worthwhile evening.’
‘Fantastic venue for a choral concert. Good programme and mix of composers.Great performance from the choir, soloist and organist in particular.’