A few weeks ago, we sent a copy of the recording of our May performance of von Suppé’s Requiem to the respected ABC Classic FM presenter, Colin Fox,. In 2012 Colin had warmly praised our performance of Mendelssohn’s Paulus, praise we greatly valued.
Colin wrote to us on 21 August, commenting that he had listened to the first few numbers of the von Suppé work and was enjoying the work and the performance. He had earlier told us that he had never heard or heard of it, which adds force to his final comment: ‘What a find!’
Colin Fox’s enthusiasm is further vindication of Christopher Bowen’s judgement in proposing the performance of von Suppé’s work and a thoroughly deserved rebuff of those in the Choir, who had (almost) died in a ditch opposing its programming. Scoundrels! Philistines!
The Choir can take satisfaction from the fact of being held in good standing with someone as professional and informed as Colin Fox, as can be seen from the generous, detailed announcement he made on air for our ‘Saxon Baroque’ concert on 21 August.