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Christmas Oratorio

December 2004
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

"Applause all round for Bach singers"

"Birmingham Bach Choir has every right to name itself after this most imposing and inspiring of composers... its members have acquired a natural response to his music which, allied with an inbred feel for living scholarship worn unobtrusively lightly, makes their performances of Bach's music especially convincing and exhilarating.

Under Paul Spicer's fluent and persuasive direction the choir delivered Bach's almost instrumentally laidout choral writing with confident familiarity, well-paced energy and firm, positive diction... Special praise to the tenors, unflinching from the honour Bach gives them in kicking off some of the most spectacular choruses, but applause everywhere for the way the choristers brought to life all these frescoes in sound"

Christopher Morley
Birmingham Post
20 December 2004