An uplifting and joyous evening.

Saturday 23 March 2013 at St Gregory's Church, Cheltenham

On a very cold evening we were transported to Germany and Italy by Musica Vera for an evening of Baroque music.  This enthusiastic choir gave a joyous performance of Vivaldi's Gloria (RV589) which they obviously enjoyed singing.  Conductor David Dewar showed his involvement in the music, and drew expressive passages from his singers. With appropriate pacing of each section and variety of dynamics, we could appreciate the choir's hard work in preparation.  The Musica Vera Camerata accompanied with style and necessary rhythmic drive; sequences were never stressed and ritornelli received clear emphasis.  Soloists Kathryn Skipp, Kate Bennett and Sylvia Strange added pleasure to the performance.  Soprano Kate Bennett used her strong, clear voice to advantage in Bach's demanding Cantata Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen.  The cello obligato was most sensitively played by Nicola Clarke, and David Jarratt-Knock's trumpet obligato was an uplifting joy.  Soprano Kathryn Skipp gave a sensitive and poised performance of part of Vivaldi's motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera.  The Choir is more at home with concerted music and they certainly gave of their best in the Gloria.

Anne Dunn, Gloucestershire Echo.