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Apollo Baroque Consort warmly accoladed for 'Passiontide' album release on Convivium Records
The Apollo Baroque Consort's Passiontide: Holy Week in the Courts of Europe 1600-1745 has been warmly reviewed by Paul Spicer, following its release on May 5th, 2012.
Spicer, well known as a choral conductor, composer and specialist in new English choral music praised the performances of soloist Chris Fitzgerald-Lombard and organist Joe Waggott, and the depth and richness of the choir and instrumental acoustics:
"This recording is one of the most beguiling I have enjoyed in recent years. Rare, lyrical, involving music sung musically and intelligently by Chris Fitzgerald-Lombard and supported sensitively and unobtrusively by Joe Waggott makes this CD a must for any music lover. The supporting cast of singers and instrumentalists add to the colour and variety of the sound world and the generous acoustic of the wonderful Pearson church of St Alban, Highgate, Birmingham provides a suitable halo to the recorded sound which is excellent - clear, warm and present.
Waggott and Fitzgerald-Lombard state that one of the aims of the Apollo Baroque Consort (the ensemble's name) is 'to nurture and expose some of the vast young talent in the early music world and to give young performers opportunities to perform this music to a professional standard'. This is a laudable aim and both these young musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire demonstrate their professionalism at every turn. But, as much as anything else, the overriding and lasting impression is the love of the music and the sheer physicality of the music making which connects at every turn.
Now on my third straight through listen I expect this disc to join me on my desert island to which I would retire with pleasure in this company"
Paul Spicer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Research Fellow of Birmingham University, an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire, a Trustee of the Finzi Trust, Chairman of the Finzi Friends, Vice-President of the Herbert Howells Society, and Advisor to the Sir George Dyson Trust. A full biography, including information about Paul's latest performances, workshops and diary, is available at
Track listings, album information, and MP3 or disc orders are available online at www.conviviumrecords.co.uk