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What the critics say
"Many choral works place huge demands on those who are performing them but few can
be more challenging than Rachmaninov’s Vespers. This tremendous, emotionally-charged work is not only demanding as a piece of music but it has the additional mental challenge of being sung in Church Slavonic, the language of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Saturday’s performance at St Albans Abbey by the city’s Bach Choir cannot be rated highly enough. Under their conductor Andrew Lucas they presented a top-class performance of the remarkable work. In spite of language difficulties their diction and clarity was superb and there was never a problem in following the words. The musical quality of the unaccompanied work shone through with often spine-tingling effect with wonderfully controlled dynamics and magnificent interpretation by Andrew Lucas and the choir."

Herts Advertiser 29 March 2012


"Quality and excitement are two words that just about sum up the first few days of the International Organ Festival at St Albans and its Festival of Summer Music. The first major concert of the festival was staged with St Albans Bach Choir and Mosaic Chamber Choir joining forces for an outstanding performance of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius. The members of Mosaic, singing semi-chorus parts, really stood out with quite amazing clarity and purity of sound while the Bach Choir gave a flawless performance with exquisite dynamics and tonal quality. Once more Andrew Lucas showed himself to be a complete master of his art."

Herts Advertiser 14 July 2011

‘‘The musical quality of the unaccompanied work shone through with often spine-tingling effect with wonderfully controlled dynamics’’
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