Past Performances / Reviews

November 2021
Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, Mozart: Requiem
'There were some spine-tingling moments, noticeably the beginnings of the Lacrymosa and Sanctus.  The overall performance from the combined forces here proved to be a satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable evening under the familiar baton of Marcio da Silva.
It is good to see the Philharmonic Choir back, performing a mixture of the well-known and the less performed.' (Lark Reviews, 6 November 2021)

November 2019
Britten: Saint Nicolas
‘The men’s chorus were particularly strong in the journey to Palestine with the higher ladies voices adding the waves and the angels. The work may have been written with amateurs in mind but there is nothing simplistic about the writing which is highly demanding throughout.’ (Lark Reviews, 3 November 2019)

July 2019
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
‘It was beautifully and arrestingly sung.    The balance was absolutely right and the choir maintained that equilibrium throughout the performance.  I was very much impressed by the choirs’ attention to dynamics.  …  What was most impressive to me was that the men, few in number – 9 tenors and 8 basses – were heard as strongly, as softly, as effectively and harmoniously as the outnumbering women.  Well done men!’  (Lark Reviews, 8 July 2019) 

March 2019
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
‘this is not … a work for the chorally faint hearted.
High spots included the vibrant sound in the opening and closing choruses, the very rich confident alto work in the exposed section of Primo vere and slow section of Swaz hie gat umbe and the well-handled shift into 3/4 time for Floret silva.’  (Lark Reviews, 7 April 2019) 

December 2018
Carols for All
‘Marcio da Silva drew on the strengths of solo voices in the choir not only in the spiritual but also for the opening of In the bleak midwinter and the voices of the kings in We three kings.’  (Lark Reviews, 16 December 2018)

November 2018
Handel: Messiah
‘Many choirs trot out Messiah as if they don’t need to do anything because they know it so well.  Then along comes Marcio da Silva with a reading fresh as a daisy to persuade us that we have actually failed to pay attention to a masterpiece.
The approach was exhilarating throughout …’  (Lark Reviews, 11 November 2018)

July 2018
Opera Gala
‘If they were letting their hair down just a little it was rarely at the expense of the music, which came across with bold authority throughout’ (Lark Reviews, 8 July 2018) 

May 2018
Verdi Requiem
‘the massed voices proved to be impeccably well disciplined. Rhythms throughout were tight and Verdi’s sudden endings given all the lightning control they need. Where sheer volume is required it got it – the Dies Irae only being topped by the force of Rex tremendae and the joyous outpouring of the Sanctus. Yet the opening bars had been as hushed and reflective as I can recall hearing them. A masterly shaping of the narrative as it unfolded …’ (Lark Reviews, 6 May 2018)

July 2017
Duruflé Requiem
‘The clarity of text was impressive and the Kyrie beautifully crafted. The sudden outpouring of the Hosanna was thrilling in its impact and the Sanctus had a warm lightness of touch.’ (Lark Reviews, 16 July 2017)

April 2017
Mozart Requiem
‘an impassioned reading of the Requiem. The chorus were in excellent voice here and the rhythms were crisp and clean throughout. There was a real sense of bite in the Rex tremendae, an empathic sensitivity in the Lacrimosa and joy in the Sanctus. Phrasing was finely crafted and balance throughout excellent.’ (Lark Reviews, 2 April 2017

November 2016
Philip O’Meara No Man
Beethoven Symphony No. 9

‘energetic and incisive singing from the very large chorus’ (David Pullen, Hastings Online Times, 15 November 2016)

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