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Lammermuir Festival – Purcell: Songes & Ayres – BachTrack Review

Linda Holt, Bachtrack

★★★★★

The star of this gentle program of “songes and ayres” was soprano Mhairi Lawson, whose sparkling eyes and winning smile were exceeded in appeal only by a voice of limitless charm and purity.

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Messiah 2014 – Bachtrack Review

David Smythe, Bachtrack

There were too many wonderful moments in this performance to single out. What made this a memorable Messiah were the small forces blending into a big dynamic sound, crystal clear diction and both singers and players simply bursting with infectious energy. As the final Amens with trumpets and timpani faded away, I wondered how different the first performance might have sounded all those years ago in Dublin. The beaming smiles from performers and audience suggested it surely must have come close.

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Acis & Galatea – Bachtrack Review

Alan Coady, Bachtrack

★★★★

‘The brisk Sinfonia suggested an energetic, committed performance. Control of dynamics was literally vital, moments of sudden quiet allowing further urgent build up […] everyone looked delighted to be taking part. When not actively involved the singers and musicians seemed genuinely to be enjoying the contribution of others as much as we were.

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