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Just a few of the nice things that have been said about our concerts


This is just a selection of quotes from our reviews. For a downloadable pdf file with more reviews, pleaseclick here.

Paul Crampton reviewed our concert in St. Peter’s Church, Canterbury, on 21st February, 2016. Here is part of what he had to say::

For me, the stand out pieces of the first half were the Lambert, O Radiant Dawn by James MacMillan and, Jauchzet Dem Herm, by Heinrich Schutz.

In the Schutz, we got to hear the wonderfully mellifluous voice of soprano, Catherine Futcher who literally took my breath away.

The second half was very different, consisting of the Sonata in D Major for flute and forte piano, by CPE Bach, and Jesu Meine Freude by ‘Big Daddy’, JS Bach.

The sonata was performed by Ben himself, and bass singer and flautist Paul White.”

You can download a pdf file of the complete review by by clicking here.

A review by David Harman of one of our concerts in St Clement Danes, London, as part of the Brandenburg Festival:

“Anyone who thinks of Latin as a dead language should have heard it brought vividly to life in Austro-German and English Romantic settings that soared heavenwards at St Clement Danes – suitably, the Central Church of the RAF! Bruckner’s Ave Maria and Holst’s Nunc dimittis were among the highlights of this Sunday matinée given as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival, now about halfway through its wide-ranging schedule of more than 60 concerts at various central London venues, by the Canterbury-based pilgrims of the Caritas Chamber Choir.”

A review of our Summer Concert in St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Canterbury, on 16th June:

“Canterbury Caritas Chamber Choir is now in its second year, and gave its Summer Concert on Saturday, 16th June. The ambitious title of the concert — A Little Piece of Heaven — was not an exaggeration, if taken metaphorically!

“The choir, under their youthful and dynamic Director Benedict Preece, sang a well-chosen and varied programme of motets, which were well suited to the intimate church. Works ranged from Schutz, Purcell and Palestrina, to Bruckner, Fauré and Holst. The selection was well within the choir’s scope, and was sung with confidence and feeling. Most  adventurous was the modern O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen, which was sung with accuracy and sympathy.

“The choir has attracted a core of well-known and experienced local singers. In the tenor and bass sections they were augmented by a number of singers of student age, one of whom, George Inscoe, accompanied two pieces on the organ.

“Audiences have increased in the few concerts sung so far, and Saturday’s was very enthusiastic in its reception. The concert was free, with a retiring collection in aid of St. Peter’s Church, and of the choir itself.

Caritas is a very welcome addition to the rich musical life of Canterbury.”

Dr Peter Harland, organist at Little St Mary’s, Cambridge, had these words to say about our concert in Little St Mary’s on 21 April 2012:

“Throughout the concert the music was sung to a very high standard. The words came across clearly and the choir used the acoustic of the building to great effect. The choir showed great team spirit in the way they so obviously enjoyed the music which they sang with great feeling. The organist who accompanied played to high standard and chose effective registrations for the music.

“Of particular interest was a composition, entitled War in Heaven by their director Benedict Preece. This was a powerful work and the music fitted the words well.”

The next review is by Stephen Portman :

“[My] first impression of the choir was of a surprisingly lovely sweep of well-in-tune and homogeneous song rising up the hill. The second piece sounded even better through the door of the church while I waited outside.”

“... a genuinely enjoyable way to spend a summer's evening, and further concerts by this group merit attendance by anyone with the time available to attend. My compliments! ”

American sopranoHolly Boaz, writing about our concert in St Peter's Canterbury on 12 February:

“The songs [Brahms’ Op. 109 Fest- und Gedenksprüche] were excellent show pieces for the choir, displaying the sense of ensemble within the group and providing much drama and excitement in the intimate space of St. Peter’s. Dynamic contrasts were effective and well-executed, entrances and cutoffs were crisp and clean, and the German diction was quite clear and precise.”