Haydn The Creation – 2007

Charity: The Art Room
Venue: Sheldonian Theatre
Date:3rd February 2007
Lianne-Marie Skrinniar (Soprano)
Patrick Ashcroft (Tenor)
Aidan Smith (Bass)

From a review by NICOLA LISLE in THE OXFORD TIMES February 2007

…….And what a glorious performance it was. Everybody – performers and audience – seemed in particularly buoyant mood, and there was an almost tangible atmosphere of good-humoured enjoyment……the greatest praise, perhaps, most go to the choir; …. Who, after only one rehearsal, produced a sound that was bright, joyous and thoroughly infectious. Haydn penned some particularly wonderful choruses in The Creation, and the singers here were clearly relishing every moment. Underpinning it all was a confident and meticulous contribution from the Oxford Sinfonia, with conductor Robert Dean in masterful control….!

Sir Alan Budd on singing in the Art Room Come and Sing Creation.

Robert Dean is a genius. At the actual performance the sheer joy of the singing (is an ) experience hard to match. At the end of th performance, one member of the audience was heard to ask “what was that excellent choir?”