from the Reading Chronicle, March 2004
THE first work in the programme was Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn (Saint Anthony Choral) by Brahms, played on two pianos by Simon Crawford-Philips and Philip Moore. Nine variations in all were superbly performed by two fine pianists, playing with an obvious empathy with each other. Most enjoyable.
Then it was the turn of the choir to be joined, by soloists Claire Ormshaw (Sop), Trine Bastrup Møller (mezzo Sop), Thomas Walker (Tenor) and Adam Green (Baritone), with conductor Aidan Oliver for Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, which was very pleasing with some wonderful harmonies. From the stirring Kyrie at the start to the Agnus Dei at the end this moving and spiritually uplifting work was a joy.
The choir and soloists, accompanied by the two pianos and Denny Lyster on the Harmonium, entertained the large audience right royally.