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Performer: Choir of Royal Holloway

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Bacchic ebullience in Beethoven from Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
The culmination of Thomas Ades' Beethoven cycle with the Britten Sinfonia channels Beethoven's atavistic energies. 
****1
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Bold programming impresses at Presteigne Festival

© Choir Royal Holloway
A concert built on the work of composers from Britain, Finland and Latvia formed a rewarding programme of choral, vocal and orchestral music with several gems. 
****1
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Choir of Royal Holloway stir the emotions

© Choir of Royal Holloway
Love and Passion provide a vibrant theme for an enterprising choral concert given by the Choir of Royal Holloway. 
****1
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Late-night Pärt(ying) with the Choir of Royal Holloway and Bristol Ensemble at St George's

Embarrassing puns aside, the music of Arvo Pärt is hardly the staple fare of late-night revellers on Bristol’s Park Street, especially on a Friday. Tucked just around the corner, though, St George’s was celebrating the end of the long summer drought of live classical music courtesy of the Choir of Royal Holloway – fresh from their tour of the Balkan states – and the Bristol Ensemble.
**111
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English exiles return to St John's Smith Square

While early English Baroque is not an area of music which generally comes to mind when we think of controversial composers, it seems that the scores of composers we now associate with purity and conventionalism had their own streaks of radicalism in their time, political and otherwise, and a fair few were exiled.
*****
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