"It was an immense pleasure to perform McDowall's Requiem alongside the dedicated singers of SWCS. Witnessing a choral society embrace a new piece with such skill was truly refreshing. Under the exceptional guidance of Quintin Beer, their sound was impressive. Saffron Hall provided a stunning backdrop, making singing the solos for this concert a genuine delight."

Susanna MacRae - soprano soloist - Cecilia McDowall, Da Vinci Requiem - March 2024

SWCS are always so welcoming and generous and it was a pleasure to join their most recent committed, energetic performance of Handel's Israel Egypt at Saffron Hall, lead by their fabulous new director Quintin Beer and accompanied by the period instruments of the Brookstreet Band. Thank you so much for inviting me to sing with you for an evening of wonderful music making.”

Grace Davidson - soprano soloist - Israel In Egypt - March 2023

"Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday.........
Thank you for your wonderful singing, bringing Israel in Egypt so vividly to life. It sounded like you were having so much fun in the concert, and it was a pleasure to be a part of the process...."

Brook Street Band - Israel in Egypt - March 2023

"Saffron Walden Choral Society kindly invited me to sing as baritone soloist in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in the incredible Saffron Hall. It's a difficult piece to pull off, and they absolutely rose to the challenge in the concert, led by their brilliant new conductor Quintin Beer. They are a very friendly and expressive choir and I would love to sing with them again in the future."

Julian Chou-Lambert - baritone soloist - Carl Orff, Carmina Burana - July 2022

“Saffron Walden Choral Society sang brilliantly when I joined them for their special concert to mark their last performance with director Janet Wheeler at the wonderful Saffron Hall. It was my pleasure to be invited to join their performance of Fauré’s Requiem and Janet Wheeler’s world premiere of ‘The Measure Of A Tree’ written especially for the choir as a leaving gift. They were kind and welcoming and I very much hope to sing with them again."

Grace Davidson - soprano soloist - Faure Requiem and The Measure Of A Tree - March 2022

"Many congratulations to you and the choir on a really memorable, splendid concert. I loved playing the Brahms along with Richard and Elsa in this 2-piano+timps version and it was an absolute pleasure to join with you all on Saturday - also in such a wonderful venue and with two utterly fantastic pianos, to boot!"

Simon Howat - pianist - Brahms Ein Deutsches - November 2021



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