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Here are links to reviews of the concerts on 31st March and 1st April in which - together with the Ardwyn Singers - we joined forces with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Michael Sanderling) to sing Beethoven's 9 Symphony.


Western Mail : Monday April 3rd


Rohan Shotton writing for Bachtrack gives the performance 4 star rating ( - "an excellent event that will be one of the best things you've seen this year")

"If the third movement had come close to touching the heavens, the finale dragged the music back to Earth in the most brilliantly human way. From the pianissimo first Ode to Joy theme in the lower strings to its last proclamation from full orchestra and choir via Thomas Faulkner’s arresting interjection and call to arms, the sense of joy was inescapable. Sanderling’s tempi suddenly picked up to a brisk march, and the massed choirs threw their voices out into the hall with all the raw, naked enthusiasm the work can demand. The tenors and basses, coming over as a greatly multiplied Welsh male voice choir, deserve special credit for their efforts. The result was a huge wall of sound, occasionally rough-edged but born of the most joyful intent."


Paul Corfield Godfrey writing for Seen and Heard International

"Beethoven marks the penultimate section of the score Allegro ma non tanto, and Sanderling’s headlong speed left me wondering what more he could find to deliver for the succeeding Prestissimo; but singers and orchestra rose superbly to the challenge in a manner which brought the sizeable audience cheering to their feet"