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Testimonials - What people say about us!

“A most difficult work for a one-day sing, but an amazing challenge, and an incredible thanks to Chris for guiding us through and to Mark for amazing accompaniment, enhanced by young expert soloists.” WFCS member, participant in 'Come and Sing' Dream of Gerontius workshop day (April 2017)

“Perfect – wonderful musical experience, great conductor & accompanist with such enthusiasm and humour.  Fantastic organisation – cakes particularly appreciated.” David B., participant in 'Come and Sing' Dream of Gerontius workshop day (April 2017)

“It was such a pleasure to return to Worcester Festival Choral Society for Messiah this year. The choir is in such great shape, singing so musically and confidently, it was wonderful to sit back and enjoy your performance. As ever, you took great care of me and the other soloists. Thank you for your wonderful music and hospitality.” Clare McCaldin, mezzo-soprano, Handel Messiah (December 2016)

“It was a pleasure to be parachuted into Worcester on Saturday. The atmosphere was so friendly and cooperative, and the choir sang with style and panache.” Lucy Bowen, soprano, Handel Messiah (December 2016)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the concert, it always a great pleasure to come back and sing in my home county. I hope I have the pleasure of singing with you again before too long.” Nathan Vale, tenor, Handel Messiah (December 2016)

“I really enjoyed performing the Nelson Mass with Worcester Festival Choral Society in Worcester Cathedral. It was a real joy to perform the work with such an accomplished choir and orchestra. Huge thanks to Peter Nardone for letting the music 'speak for itself' and for providing so much fun and warmth during the rehearsal and the performance.”  Andrew De Silva, baritone, Haydn Nelson Mass (November 2016)

“I had the pleasure of joining Worcester Festival Chorus for Haydn’s Nelson Mass in their 2016-17 season. It’s hard to imagine a better atmosphere for music making than is cultivated by Dr. Nardone; congenial, relaxed and total commitment to the music. Having performed the piece extensively as a chorister, I felt a pang of jealousy as the sopranos soared over the ‘Amen’ of the Credo. A rousing performance followed by wonderful hospitality. Thank-you!” Ruairi Bowen, tenor, Haydn Nelson Mass (November 2016)

“Great to sing with WFCS again and a privilege to sit beside the wonderful Sarah Fox. The choir is clearly in great shape and made a magnificent noise in the cathedral. Bravo to all concerned, especially Peter Nardone of course!” Susanna Spicer, mezzo-soprano, Haydn Nelson Mass (November 2016)

"It was a pleasure to support the Festival Chorus and to be so richly entertained in the Cathedral. The setting in front of the Quire and the intriguing, serene Lux Aeterna contrasting with Hadyn's stunning Nelson Mass made for a memorable evening. The energy of the Choral Society, both in performance and in constructing such a super concert is to be admired. The Meridian Orchestra and the choice of soloists under conductor Peter Nardone gave the audience an evening to remember. The Worcester Festival Choral Society deserve much credit for their significant contribution to the cultural fabric of the City and the county." Jim and Margaret P., concert attendees (November 2016)

“A wonderful day. We are particularly impressed with Peter Nardone's style of conducting and approach. Thank you for a very enjoyable day!” Anne and Mark P., participants in Singalongelijah 'Come and Sing' workshop day (April 2016)

“Stimulating and challenging. Excellent use of rehearsal time - nice smattering of humour and stories, but musical focus was never lost. Good opportunity to meet other local singers.” Carol S., participant in Singalongelijah 'Come and Sing' workshop day (April 2016)

“As a newish singer, I had a fabulous day. I shall certainly return. Thank you!” Mary H., participant in Singalongelijah 'Come and Sing' workshop day (April 2016)

“I thoroughly enjoyed performing the Alto Rhapsody as part of this excellent and varied concert. Peter Nardone is always a joy to work with and I thought the Chorus sounded excellent.” Deborah Miles-Johnson, alto soloist, Brahms Alto Rhapsody (March 2016)

"I had a wonderful time in Worcester - what a treat to be presented with such a bold and varied programme.  The choir performed with such commitment and passion, more than matching the splendid orchestra in colour and excitement.  I was extremely well looked after and made to feel very welcome, so thank you." Timothy Dickinson, bass soloist, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Dvorak Te Deum (March 2016)

"My wife and I spent a delightful evening listening to the Worcester Festival Choral Society’s production of the Messiah in the Cathedral.  It was so was beautifully produced and proved to be a real treat of a night out, the Cathedral was full and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.  The soloists were superb, in fact the evening was superb and it was an honour to sit in the front row and enjoy such a well produced and tremendously enjoyable event.  Our thanks go out to everyone from the singers, soloists, musicians and Conductor through to all those who helped in the production of this lovely event in our Cathedral here in Worcester, it was excellent!" Councillor Roger Knight, Mayor of Worcester 2015/16 (December 2015)

Thank you so much for a wonderful concert.  Bach’s Mass in B Minor, a glorious creation by any reckoning, is one of my favourite pieces of music and I greatly appreciated your rendition of it.  Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all involved.”  +John, Bishop of Worcester and President, Worcester Festival Choral Society (March 2015)

“It was the most incredible musical experience of my career so far.” Zarah Hible, mezzo soprano soloist, Verdi Requiem (March 2014)

“Verdi Requiem at the Cathedral was spectacular. The Festival Chorus was in excellent voice and the conductor, Peter Nardone, bristled with energy.” Councillor Pat Agar, Mayor of Worcester 2014/15 (March 2014)

“I was so pleased to have been able to be at your performance of There Was A Child in November 2014, which I commissioned as a celebration of the life of my son Robert who died too young. The piece is a marvellous legacy and his spirit lives on through Jonathan Dove's exhilarating and moving music. I hope you all enjoyed singing it as much as the audience clearly enjoyed listening to it.” Rosemary Van Allan, concert-goer and commissioner of There Was A Child (November 2014)

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