Review: Portsmouth Baroque Choir Summer Concert

For their summer concert, Portsmouth Baroque Choir chose, as the main items, two strongly contrasting contemporary works, the first being by Jonathan Dove, and the second, by John Rutter.

New music, whilst often challenging, needs to be heard in convincing and confident performances. Dove’s ‘The Passing of the Year’, commissioned by the London Symphony Chorus – and written for double choir, is certainly challenging, especially for the much smaller forces of the Baroque Choir. Sympathetically accompanied by Karen Kingsley, the choir rose to this challenge in fine style.

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