Reviews

26 February 2011 · Exeter College Chapel

“The expressiveness of the music was well conveyed in Oxford Spezzati’s singing… The choir of eight voices was well balanced and produced an attractive sound. Nicholas Mumby, who sings one of the bass parts, directed with nice observation of detail and obvious empathy for the music.” — Simon Collings, The Oxford Times, 2 March 2011

25 April 2009 · Wesley Memorial Church

“Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto was a most refreshing contrast, with the orchestra matching the ebullient tone and tempi of Charlotte Woolley, a soloist who also brought out the touches of Mozartian pathos in Finzi’s Adagio, as well as humour in the outer movements. I thought Mumby’s control of orchestral dynamics in this quite difficult music excellent, as it was in the very understated accompaniment to Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending.” — Hugh Vickers, The Oxford Times, 29 April 2009

11 October 2008 · Exeter College Chapel

“A splendid feast was on offer at Exeter College Chapel last Saturday… [conductor Nicholas Mumby] achieving a well-balanced tempo that felt, at all times, exactly right. And that wasn’t the only thing that felt exactly right – clear diction, expressive phrasing and tonal purity were all in there too, resulting in a fresh and dynamic performance that was articulate and focused.”

“This is an ensemble that we don’t seem to hear about as much as some of Oxford’s other choirs and orchestras, but certainly worth seeking out.” — Nicola Lisle, The Oxford Times, 15 October 2008

9 November 2007 · Sheldonian Theatre

“Conductor Nicholas Mumby… guided Spezzati with a sure hand through Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen. Expressive, well-bowed string playing was the order of the day.” — The Oxford Times, 14 November 2007

28 April 2007 · Merton College Chapel

“A high-quality event. The Spezzati soloists and ensemble were in sparkling form… It is a privilege to hear music of such quality in such surroundings.” — The Oxford Times, 3 May 2007

21 October 2006 · Merton College Chapel

“The soloist, Rhydian Griffiths… with his rousing cadenzas in the first and third movements… and melodic second movement… was a delight.”

“This was a genuine coro spezzato, and very good too.” — The Oxford Times, 26 October 2006