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Concert Reviews

THE choir portrayed their [Victoria's Tenebrae Lessons and Responsories] narrative swells without overacting, crafting a subtle and measured performance... excellent execution.

Saturday 23 March  2019   York Minster:  Tenebrae (York Press)

WAR sharpens sensitivities. The only time England was at war with itself, York came under siege, in 1644. Both siege and Civil War inspired some of the most distinctive choral music in our history. Paul Gameson and his Ebors are absolutely the right people to encapsulate this repertory for posterity.

Saturday 27 May 2017   York Minster:  Music for Troubled Times (York Press)

IN a city as musically vibrant as York, new ensembles seem to spring up with disorienting speed. Getting one to stick is no mean feat, and this makes the groups that have managed it – like the Ebor Singers – all the more valuable. With Saturday’s Anglo-centric programme they celebrated twenty years at the heart of York’s choral firmament, lead by founder Paul Gameson.  Two decades of concerts, records, and tours have not robbed the ensemble of its vitality. In the face of modern-day pressures to specialise, the Ebor Singers only seem to become increasingly versatile. Long may it continue.

Saturday 11 July 2015   St Olave's Church: 20th Anniversary concert (York Press)

IT takes a daring, committed choir to present a concert combining Renaissance and contemporary sacred music, let alone a programme of only four works, including substantial compositions from each period.  Last Friday, The Ebor Singers did so and proved their mettle.... Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles is a bold, challenging work.  An enormous sing, it proved a thrilling experience: rhythmic drama, consolatory introspection, and an energetic end avoiding sentimentalism. Gameson’s control of foreground and background – always maintaining clarity – was impressive.

Friday 27 March 2015  Chapter House, York Minster: Path of Miracles (York Press)  

WITHOUT a strong thread tying it together, a themed concert programme can easily appear cobbled together. When it works – as it did at Unitarian Chapel on Saturday – it offers welcome food for thought. The Ebor Singers’ spiritual exploration of light and darkness boldly married contemporary and classical, with five centuries represented. Paul Gameson was an attentive helmsman, teasing out musical shape.   Whether old and new were happy to be bedfellows on this occasion is hard to say; that they’re sharing a bed is important, though. And when a performance is this engaging, who cares?

Saturday 4 October 2014  Late Music Festival, York: Come, sable night   (York Press)


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