From the sublime to the…. encore! What an evening of entertainment, and of absolutely beautiful singing. The glorious soaring acoustic perfection of Byrd’s Haec Dies set the standard for a fabulous evening hosted by Voces8, singing with a purity and clarity that resonated so perfectly with, and in, St Mary’s. But what followed matched and raised it time and again. Better still was that our Chamber Choir contributed in no way as junior partners, but very much as singers of stature in their own right. Maria Durch ein Dornwald ging and Sleep before the interval, Gjeilo, Folds and … how about this?… The Beatles later on. This was a wonderful concert. Our thanks and congratulations, of course, to our internationally renowned guests who brought their familiar mix of ancient and modern to a hugely appreciative audience – delivered with charm, poise, humour and energy; but also our thanks to them for the talent and insight they have brought to this year’s partnership with our choir. The combination worked brilliantly; our singers will have gained immensely; and the result was that the audience applauded loud and long for performers young and old(er). Well done Ms Weston and the Chamber Choir, and well done Voces8.