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The Scholars press reviews

"The most elegant small chorus now going . . . A precise, sweet-toned, intimate performance that left you feeling you had been let in on a secret . . . The Scholars of London are superlative . . ." – Boston Globe

"A rare concert . . . utterly exquisite performances . . . This quartet could not imaginably be more finely matched in timbre, musicianship and intelligence. No matter how intricate the counterpoint became, it never dissolved simply into a texture . . . The four voices easily projected all this music throughout the vast reaches of the cathedral with utter lucidity. They must return . . ." – San Francisco Chronicle

"They reigned supreme . . . with remarkable speed and clarity, the singers imitated birds, told naughty stories and sighed of love . . . despite the cold, the audience was sufficiently enchanted to cheer the singers and win an encore: the English folksong Scarborough Fair." – Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The Scholars of London made their L.A. début with a wondrously sung account of a strong program . . . light, flexible sound, utterly transparent textures and completely integrated finesse." – Los Angeles Times

"The Scholars remain a musical treasure for their unusual repertoire and the seamless perfection and sheer technical finesse with which they sing it . . . There was a large and appreciative audience – which there always should be when this fine ensemble comes to town." – Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The Scholars sang with fine blend, spit-polish accuracy and a compelling sense of personality . . . they adapted graciously to the changing times and musical styles." – Houston Chronicle

"A celebration of that oldest and greatest of musical instruments, the human voice . . . marvelous intonation, ensemble and sonic blend  . . . Palestrina's Super Flumina Babylonis, announced as one of the composer's greatest hits, was noble and spiritual. . . Viadana's Exsultate Justi was truly joyful . . . Jannequin's Le Chant des Oyseaux was a tour de force of vocal trilling and trickery . . . Tenor Robin Doveton's arrangements of Welsh, Scottish and English folksongs were a joy to hear." – News-Journal (Daytona Beach)

"The British vocal quartet engaged and entertained its sizeable audience from first note to last in a program that spanned the centuries and the emotions . . . verve and energy, awesomely unified attacks and the ability to make any kind of text come alive." – San Antonio Express

"Felicities abounded, too many to enumerate . . . but soprano Kym Amps' distinctly British ability to float a pure, vibrato-free tone must be recognized, so ethereal was the effect, and so representative of the Scholars' impressive, uniform musicanship." – New Orleans Times Picayune