What a treat to come across these wonderful young musicians! The performance of my 'Ave Verum' by Ishirini under their conductor Jeremy Rouse was beautiful. The warm, rich tone of the choir and the commitment of its singers really shone through the harmonies, illuminating and making sense of the work's musical journey.
Diana Burrell, Composer, Patron of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival
Ishirini is a choir that I would pay to see on a regular basis to replenish my soul supplies! They sing with that rare combination of confident precision and exuberant flair. The choice of music, intelligently sourced by their conductor, Jeremy Rouse, transports you onto an inspirational and untrodden journey. Ishirini is the most exciting choir I have heard for many years, meeting and exceeding all the requirements an excellent choir should have in our Contemporary world.
Gina Fergione, mezzo-soprano, co-performer in Ishirini's performance as part of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival
Ishirini gave one of the most enjoyable and impressive choral concerts I have ever been to, with their exquisite nuancing of phrases and wonderful balance, blend, intonation and choice of repertoire, contrasting sixteenth century works with twenty-first, including highly convincing performances of Arabic music.
Janet Hughes FRCO LRAM, audience member at Civitas Sancti, Hythe
Wow! We go to a lot of concerts, both choral and orchestral, in our home area but we were 'blown away' by what we experienced last Sunday.
Graham Russell and Gloria Bates, audience members at Civitas Sancti
What better legacy can there be than to forge positive relationships with people of other cultures, as Ishirini are doing?
Maggie Hamilton, Editor of Choir and Organ
What a great pleasure to have had you as partners in this Arab project. In spite of your considerable accomplishments, you approached our collaboration with wonderfully open minds and hearts. We are immensely grateful to you for this great gift and hope that our friendship formed within a musical enterprise will last for a long time.
Professor Andre de Quadros, Artistic Director of Aswatuna
You did an amazing job with my piece, not just to learn it so quickly, but to shape it and invest it with real emotional intensity: I felt very lucky to have such a committed performance.
Tim Watts, composer of Though I Speak, new commission sung in Ubi Caritas, Madingley Hall
...a very distinctive Cambridge sound - so bright and clear... instantly recognisable.
Janet Roffe, audience member at Ubi Caritas, Madingley Hall
when you first mentioned the idea of us sending a CD, and then someone mixing one of our songs with one of yours, I was really asking myself – how is that going to work? And in the end, I didn't expect you'd choose the song that you did. But when we came to perform – it was amazing. We were there singing Asante Yesu and you were all there singing in your style – it was so moving!
Upendo lead singer Joshua Mlelwa
I could not imagine how you would blend Western music with Tagore music. It was only after I heard it that I realised what you had in mind. It was absolutely a classic piece of brillance.
Leslie Ram, member of the congregation of Union Chapel, Kolkata
The audience felt held in a warm and gracious embrace as well as truly engaged and inspired. Your choir had an innocence and purity of sound that is rare to find.
Satish Kumar, Tagore Festival Artistic Director
The program that me & my family attended was once in a life time experience for us. I hope that when my children are older , they would endeavor to grasp & learn how to experience, work and live with music in their lives. I would like to thank the whole choir once again for coming to Kalimpong with such an open heart & mind ... interacting with our society, and for sharing your beautiful music with the Tibetan community of Kalimpong. Your choir's visit in fact will remain one of the highlights of my life ,having hardly stepped out side Kalimpong - I could get a glimpse of the worlds best from the comfort of my hometown . What more can I expect from LIFE!
Norden, owner of Holumba Haven, Kalimpong
The Ishirini choir was a superb opening to the Festival. We were sitting near the front and could hear every one of the twenty individuals separately with their splendid voices, and yet simultaneously all together in a choir that was a community.
Dr Jean Hardy, audience member at the Tagore Festival, Dartington Hall
The Allegri Miserere was better than on the radio.
Audience member in Netherbury
a wonderful example of the past and present interconnecting... sent shivers racing down my spine.
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
stunning & varied repertoire, a first-class group of singers.
Suzi Digby OBE, Judge of BBC Choir of the Year