Reviews

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Perhaps the most impressive section was the Gluck-like funeral cortege from Act Three, bringing in the small but sonorous chorus of Cantandum… [whose] voices were admirably balanced.  Gilly French conducted with unfussy aplomb and to marvellous effect. Classical Source

Cantandum is a chamber choir with numerous things in its favour, not least spirit of attack, excitingly good enunciation and subtle dynamic grading. But what one admires above all is the flair that [Gilly French] brings to the choir’s programming… competent preparation… gift for choosing exactly the right pacings… a constantly rewarding concert. The Church Times

…imaginative repertoire – Lhéretier, Eccard, Vanhal, Telemann, Schütz, Buxtehude, Linley – is one of Cantandum’s marked strong points and the main item, Carissimi’s rarely-heard oratorio Jonah, could not have had a better case made for it, delivered not only with assurance, but intensity and pathos… the choir’s balances were ideally modulated by conductor Gilly French… lower-voice passages were assured, and the tuning throughout was usually well-nigh perfect. The Church Times

In this appealing performance… the expressive impact and charm of Greene’s score was skilfully and engagingly communicated… conducted with unfussy precision by Gilly French. Opera Today