Mozart Solemn Vespers & Coronation Mass/Delphian
Benjamin Nicholas conducts the Mass and Vespers with vigour and grace and the Ave verum corpus with a sublime stillness that never sounds sentimental. English boys' choirs can sometimes sound a bit too wispy and ethereal for Baroque and Classical Music but not so Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, which has a marvellously rich and full tone. Nicholas drawsfrom it beautifully articulated singing as well as a surprisingly wide range of vocal texture. In the 'Kyrie' of the Coronation Mass, for example, listen to how he changes the choir's timbre from open-throated exultation at the beginning to feathery delicacy at the end. In the sternly contrapuntal 'Laudate pueri' psalm from the Vespers, Nicholas controls the forces with greater success than many a conductor I have heard. The solo soprano parts are all sung most intelligently by treble Laurence Kilsby, who has a strong and lovely voice.
A Cotswold Christmas/Regent
Benjamin Nicholas reveals that he has trained the men and boys into a choir of exceptional quality.