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December 2014

“…flawlessly executed…”

Our latest CD ‘De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem’ is collecting rave reviews.

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November 2014

Church Times review of Under the shadow of His wing

“Jonathan Rathbone’s new cantata Under the Shadow of His Wing can be pronounced a total success… a peripatetic performance that was compelling, resonant, and varied in texture.”

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October 2014

Jonathan Rathbone’s Under the shadow of His wing:
world première performed to capacity audience and greeted with a spontaneous standing ovation

Here is what some of the audience members said in the following days:

“Terrific concert on Friday. The choir sounded in tremendous form. Some of the movements were incredibly moving, and sung really beautifully and expressively. In contrast, Hail gladdening light was absolutely stonking! Congratulations. I’m really glad I was there.”

“When you go to see amateur choirs perform, most of the time you have to be prepared for the odd wince. However Vasari Singers are the calibre of the best professional choirs – it is always astounding.”

“…better than professionals because the commitment and love of it shines through
 
The style of the performance of ‘Under the shadow of His wing’ is innovative and it led to an amazing aural experience. With Jonathan Rathbone’s clever and beautiful writing and your excellent direction and management, the whole atmosphere was ethereal. In addition to Jonathan’s completely new movements in the composition, I liked the way he brought in the tunes of familiar hymns like ‘Glory to Thee, my God, this night’ and ‘Abide with me’ and arranged them with such accomplishment.  The singing was superb. Composer, conductor and choir completely deserved the long standing ovation at the end.”

“I feel privileged to have been at the world première of such an interesting and beautiful work.”

“Just returned from a truly amazing and inspirational evening. The premiere of Jonathan Rathbone’s magnificent choral work ‘Under the shadow of His wing’ was a huge success, with a packed audience giving the brilliant Vasari Singers, expertly conducted by Jeremy Backhouse, a sustained standing ovation.”

“… was at a world premiere this evening: the Vasari Singers sang Jonathan Rathbone’s ‘Under the shadow of His wing’. A wonderful event, superbly sung and a great use of the space (St Alban the Martyr, Holborn) all under the stewardship of Jeremy Backhouse! A fantastic event!”

“Congratulations on an amazing performance…stunning singing and very moving.”

New CD Release – De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem

These three pairs of sublime choral settings span well over 350 years. The earliest is Allegri’s Miserere, a work considered so precious it was kept secret until Mozart heard it and famously transcribed it from memory. James MacMillan’s 21st century companion piece is a transcendent reply to this challenge from history. Find out more

Vasari to sing live on BBC Radio 3 – Wed 15 October

On Wednesday 15th October, we shall be appearing live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” programme to sing three works, including a World Premiere sneak preview of our Rathbone commission.  Tune in from 4.30pm or listen again on BBC iPlayer

September 2014

Meet my Choir feature on BBC Radio 3

We’re started our autumn programme with a big splash, with two appearances on BBC Radio 3 in one week. Firstly, we’ll be on Breakfast with some Gabriel Jackson, and then on Sunday 14th September on The Choir with their regular feature “Meet My Choir”. The package includes two of our members discussing their experiences of singing with Vasari Singers over the years. For more information on the feature and to listen again, visit the BBC Radio 3 website

June 2014

The choir is actively seeking new singers in all voice parts to audition for our new season of activity. If you are a keen, versatile singer with good sight-reading skills and enjoy singing a varied repertoire, get in touch via our auditions page! Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses all welcome.

May 2014

We have posted new videos from our recent live performance of the Rachmaninov Vepsers. Visit our VasariTV page for more info

March 2014

The choir is now hard at work rehearsing for our forthcoming trip to Lincoln Cathedral, and getting to grips with our repertoire for our Baltics Tour.

February 2014

A fantastic weekend of singing for our new CD, De Profundis. Watch out for more announcements in due course for release information.

January 2014

The choir has started rehearsals for our next CD, to be recorded in February 2014 and for release on the Naxos label in October 2014.

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