UEA Choir, Chamber Orchestra Anglia and Tonus Peregrinus

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

The forces of the UEA Choir, Chamber Orchestra Anglia and Tonus Peregrinus produced a gentle delight in Arvo Pärt's Passio, a modern account of the Passion of Christ.

Howard Williams has an encapsulating conducting technique, his clear and precise method imbuing confidence while also being a delight to watch, keeping the piece progressing with the required momentum.

The deep, mournful tones of Robert Macdonald, bass, standing high in the cathedral's pulpit, proved an evoking representation of Jesus. His resonant, masterly voice depicted him as Christ.

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His steady control over the slow passages contrasted well with the sections by the evangelists, performed by Tonus Peregrinus, who carried their more flowing line sublimely and with a sense of utmost ease.

Mark Anderson, tenor, convincingly played Pilate as the innocent figure.

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The choruses were dynamic and accurate, but was this the University Choir's end-of-term performance? They did well, but there was little for them to do.

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