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Renaissance Music From Scotland And England (Byrd International Singers)

By | Published on Tuesday 6 August 2019

Singing unaccompanied polyphony and weaving separate strands of music into a coherent whole is the early music equivalent of a circus high wire – if you make a mistake there’s no safety net and everyone notices! Yet amateur singers from all over the world came to a summer school and after a week of rehearsals accomplished this beautiful concert. The direct plainchant quotations in John Nesbett’s ‘Magnificat’ were particularly well sung and the tenor section of the choir were authoritative, moving and accomplished. This seldom performed repertoire was deftly navigated by the choir and conductors, the occasional slips only highlighting the beauty of the rest of the music and showing how much courage it takes to sing these lovely pieces.

St Giles Cathedral, 2 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Rodgers]