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King's Colledge choir
Posted by Richard Lester on April 19, 2017, 11:05 am
I agree with Simon Thompson’s comments that King’s College Cambridge boys sound unfocussed and hollow in their recent recording of Bach’s St John Passion. The Easter service shown on BBC 2 was another case in point where intonation in places was insecure and the boys just sounded tired. The problem is that King’s at present have too many passengers in the treble line and too few discreet leaders. I noticed at their Christmas Nine lessons that the basic discipline of standing together and sitting was ragged, something that had not been improved at the Easter service.
Under Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger, the choir was at its peak and rightly held the position as arguably the finest choir of its kind in the world. Sadly, over the years the choir has deteriorated in standard and now other choirs are setting the benchmark for excellence. Westminster Cathedral choir is a case in point who for years have consistently maintained the highest standard of excellence and deserve more ‘air’ time on the BBC.
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