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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2013

The first piece on the disc, The Isle is Full of Noises, is a most effective calling-card for the Wellensian Consort. Immediately we hear a bright, eager sound; the words are clear and the rhythms are crisp. The singers…blend very well and the quality of the sound is keen and pleasing. Happily, this sets the standard for everything else on the disc. The music is consistently attractive and so is the singing. This is an auspicious debut CD by the Wellensian Consort. I’m certain we shall hear more of Bob Chilcott’s music on disc but I hope very much that it won’t be long before we have another release from this talented choir. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2013

This is a lovely anthology of Chilcott’s works sung with love, care, and admirable skill by a chamber choir drawn from alumni and staff of Great Britain’s Wells Cathedral School. All of the music here is worth hearing… I adore ‘The Lily and the Rose’; the Jazz Mass is a zippy, zesty take on the liturgy; and I admire the Creation set that celebrates Mother Earth from Chinese, Aztec, Eskimo, and Native American points of view. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Shirley Ratcliffe
Choir & Organ, July 2013

Bob Chilcott is one of a line of very good songwriters—Rutter is another—who can produce a melody that has instant appeal combined with a sympathetic understanding of the text whether accompanied or a capella. When ‘classical’…composers turn their skill to jazz it can be restrained, but this one does it for me with the help of the Will Todd Trio and the multi-talented, award-winning Wellensian Consort. It’s a very enjoyable disc. © 2013 Choir and Organ




Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine, June 2013

…immediately attractive, and performed winningly. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2013

Following that well-trodden path created by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott has captured the interest of the younger generation choirs and their ever growing audiences. Difficult to classify without using that word ‘crossover’, Chilcott is equally at home setting to music the most familiar words in western Christianity, Our Father which art in heaven, or producing a jazzy version of the Catholic Mass with a backing group trio for A Little Jazz Mass. It has all of those tricksy rhythms and harmonies beloved by progressive Christian groups, and certainly titillates and excites the younger choirs. Much of the present release brings these commercially attractive pieces onto disc for the first time, and also introduces to our attention the winners of the 2010 ‘BBC Choir of the Year’ competition, an event never short of entries. Created from students, past and present, and their mentors, the Wellensian Consort was first formed in 2009 to celebrate the 1100-year anniversary of the Wells Cathedral School, one of only four such specialist music schools in the UK. With their conductor, Christopher Finch, it was immediately in demand following their televised success, its twenty-six members producing that now familiar British chamber choir sound with its potent high flying soprano lines underpinned by the warmer sounds of the lower voices. …the recording team provide a nicely detailed and balanced sound. © David’s Review Corner






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