FLORENCE 2007 – FROM A CHOIR MEMBER
It is obviously quite impossible to be an objective music
critic when one is a participant in a performance. However, the praise heaped upon us by
complete strangers from
From our point of view, the experience of singing in
beautiful surroundings such as
Both performances must have been exemplary because the audience responded magnificently each time, with applause of real fervour, perhaps due to the Italian blood and the local red wine!
Steven conducted in an assured and energetic style and was pushing us nearer to his concept of perfection with each extra rehearsal and performance. He really was a Maestro, in control of the whole situation. Particularly impressive was the (apparently) immaculate Italian with which he introduced the items to the audience, while we ourselves were attempting to sing in our very best English and Latin.
Despite leaving home without one, I managed to find the obligatory black shirt. A Policewoman who threatened to arrest me was pacified when I explained I was a Grandfather and not a Godfather.
Mike Cummings Bass 2