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Stephen Layton and Holst Singers Set 'Amateur' Standard

Posted at 1:25 PM on June 3, 2014 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Filed under: Choral Music, Concerts


Photo Credit: Simon Perry

Stephen Layton, the Grammy-nominated conductor, and his "amateur" choir excel with their mind-numbing accuracy and attention to detail on Handel's Israel in Egypt

Listen to a clip of the Holst Singers

The choir consists of all volunteers, and its roster rotates depending on the project. This does not mean that this group is limited in any way; in fact, it's probably the most gifted volunteer choir I have ever heard. During the rehearsal that I attended on Monday evening at the Gresham Centre in the City of London, Layton required supreme focus and wouldn't settle for anything less than perfection.

I won't be here in London on June 19, but if you happen to be near St John's Smith Square in Westminster on that day, this is a MUST hear