REVIEW: QUOQUE Plures Mulieres

QUOQUE Plures Mulieres, a choir of skilled amateur singers, is fast becoming a fixture on the Salisbury arts scene. In just a year since they were founded by local music teacher Patricia Dragonetti, they have sung at church services around the city including two evensongs at the cathedral.

In a departure from their usual liturgical mode, the group of around 30 women put on a spirited, moving performance of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by 15 year-old harp prodigy Kirsty Chaplin, who also wowed the audience with a solo performance of the first movement of Handel's Concerto in B Flat.

The really pleasing aspect of this group is the fine voices. These are mature women producing the pure sounds of trained choristers but with the sensibility of people who have lived full lives.

The selection of carols following the harp solo went on a bit too long, but it is hard to fault such an elegant and well presented programme.Watch out for Quoque Plures Mulieres - they are well worth a listen.

Julian Demetriadi

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