Oct. 7, 2016

Review of King's College Choir Concert Cambridge, July 2016

A wonderful review of the concert by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge in Hong Kong.

(Presented by Christine N Concerts)

Review by John Wright

The Choir of King’s College (Cambridge), Stephen Cleobury, concert in Hong Kong Grand Hall July 2016

The choir of Kings', Cambridge, delivered a concert that I will remember for a long time. The blend was excellent, and the young trebles rendered all of the darkness and light that Brahms' brooding and reserved masterwork called for. Bases were indeed strong , but they never dominated the texture. The piano duet playing was outstanding to the extent that I never once missed the absent orchestral parts. Intonation was generally absolutely fine, as was diction, especially in German. The restrained and precise, but passionate leadership of Stephen Cleobury, one of the world's most highly regarded choral directors, always kept the music itself centre stage. It has been said that, to an extent, choral directors 'play the building' and one star of the show yet to be mentioned is the exquisite acoustic of the hall. The surroundings afforded an intensity of sound and an intimacy that belied the hall's considerable scale. Next time kings' comes to town, Hong Kong, you will not regret listening to this advice: GO, listen and experience something that will leave you enriched for a very long time afterwards.

John Wright, MA (Cantab. - Music), M.Mus (London), Director of Music, The British School of Guangzhou.