Critics Review of Bradford on Avon Concert
Created: Friday, 11 July 2014 07:34
8th July 2014 - Gazette & Herald
Review of Cwmbach Male Choir at Wiltshire Music Centre - Reg Burnard
They sing, they say, in the language of heaven; they are British born but by the grace of God (maintains a friend of mine) Welsh. It is a Welsh Male Voice Choir: Cwmbach to be precise. And you will not hear better this side of Eastern Europe. A programme, partly devoted to the fascinating link they had with Paul Robeson, was full of fervour, passion, glorious sound; in fact, everything Welsh.
They had an excellent narrator - again with Welsh clarity of diction and enunciation - and, in Andrew Quick, a musical director who had a firm yet sympathetic hold. The choir did not miss a beat, oft times a millisecond ahead of Quick - call that Welsh passion - and their tone was constatnt, golden, to the end.
Their discipline, so often nowadays considered unimportant, was impeccable: All hands by sides as they sang, all across the lap as they sat; no fiddle faddling, no distraction. Newbury's American Trilogy was fascinating; John Rutter's arrangement of When the Saints Go Marching In was quite captivating but, for sheer roundness of sound and precision, the items sung in Welsh were the cream of the evening !