Reviews

Here you will find a small selection of some of our reviews. We are interested in what everyone thinks (not just the critics), so if you have been to one of our concerts please tell us what you thought!

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The first visit by the The Purcell Singers to the Festival and certainly not their last. Beautiful poised singing in what is clearly a repertoire in which they are more than comfortable. Mark Ford moulded the performance with style and elegance.

Bob Porter, Artistic Director, Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival


In the cool beauty of St Batholomew’s the Purcell Singers performed a series of stunningly beautiful works that had the packed church rapt. Allegri’s Miserere seldom fails to win over an audience and the Tallis 40 part motet is breathtaking in its complexity and its simplicity. But the highlights for me were Gorecki’s Totus Tuus with its spectacular opening ‘Maria’ and Arvo Part’s Magnificat. Hearing such works in a space like St Bart’s qualifies why these composers are getting such popular acclaim. The Purcell singers were a hair’s breadth from faultless in their performance, filling the room with sound when singing both sotto voce and in full voice. A rich evening of glorious music.

Andrew Kay, Latest 7


The 44-strong choir produced a coherent and well-balanced sound… Mark Ford’s commendably restrained conducting let the music unfold as it wanted to, without forcing it in any particular direction. The soloists were outstanding.

Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review


What a glorious, splendiferous, uplifting and soul enriching way to end the lunchtime concert season at the festival. The Purcell singers threw out the most wonderful choral sound which was full without being cloying; clear without piercing and melodic without being dull.

If I had absolute power I would insist that everyone in Brighton should listen to the Purcell group sing Byrd’s ‘Sing Joyfully’ every morning. The level of therapy needed in Brighton & Hove would drastically decrease.

There was not a single cough or sneeze throughout their performance – just total immersion in the enjoyment. A wonderful 5 star experience.

Arthur Oppenheimer, BBC South West


The Purcell Singers are an exemplary group, perfectly balanced, warmly focussed and totally committed to this deliciously attractive music [Georg Schumann].

Gramophone


Mark Ford gets superb results from his Purcell Singers

International Record Review


The young Purcell Singers…. perform with excellent discipline and well blended ensemble under the guiding spirit of conductor Mark Ford.

BBC Music Magazine


Unbridled energy and tastefully passionate interpretations

Classicstoday.com


The performances are uniformly excellent… a musical triumph.

American Choral Review