Rathbone

Saturday 29 June 2019 Rathbone A Day at the Fair

"Composer Jonathan Rathbone was ... thrilled to see the choir enjoy the songs and really bringing out the scenes of the joys and sorrows of the fairground."


Bishop's Stortford Independent

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Mendelssohn

Saturday 30 June 2018 Mendelssohn Elijah

 "Credit must be given to the music director, Richard Brain ... for choosing this oratorio and guiding the 70-strong choir to a powerful and moving performance."


 "Mendelssohn had serious anxieties about the first performance of Elijah at a Birmingham Music Festival in 1846. Had he been in the Bishop’s Stortford audience last week he would have gone home a very contented man. "


Sinead Corr, Bishop's Stortford Independent

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Bach

Saturday 2 December 2017 Bach Mass in B Minor

"Conductor Richard Brain mustered the joint forces of the choral society, a quartet of splendid soloists and the Bishop’s Stortford sinfonia with great panache and skill."


Trevor Hounslow (Artistic Director Thaxted Festival), Bishop's Stortford Independent

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Handel

Saturday 8th July 2017 Handel Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems

 ​"I was delighted to sit through a really enjoyable, spirited and, thanks to the excellent interpretation and clarity of direction of their conductor, Richard Brain, stylistically accurate performance of this exciting setting of Psalm 110." 


Andrew Bruce (Director of Music Bishop's Stortford College)

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Elgar

Saturday 21st May 2016 Elgar We Are The Music Makers and RVW Five Mystical Songs

 

"Bishop's Stortford Choral Society together with Hertfordshire Philharmonia, soloists Helen Stanley and Nick Beever, all under the baton of Richard Brain, proved they were indeed music makers of the highest calibre in their splendid and uplifting concert."

Christopher Benham, Herts and Essex Observer

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Bach

​Saturday 12th December 2015 Weihnachts Oratorium, ​Bach

 

"Richard Brain has clearly worked his choir hard; the attack was firm and precise, the words were clear and concentration was maintained throughout."

Richard Lewin,​​​ Herts and Essex Observer

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