Tour of Lithuania and Latvia
Maza Gilde, Riga
25 July 2006
After hearing the opening bars of The Wordsworth Singers’ performance in Maza Gilde in Riga on 25th July 2006, it was immediately obvious that this was going to be an exciting event.
The choir has a wide dynamic range and sings with a nice, educated sound. The Wordsworth Singers’ soft singing was particularly fine, wonderful singing indeed. The choir displayed precision and a full range of dynamics in Brahms’ Neue Liebesliederwalzer, op. 65 and Fünf Gesänge, op. 104. This was a beautiful performance – well disciplined and with great charm. It was also strengthening the ties between our countries, introducing new music to Latvians.
The part of the concert with music by Dvořák was an emotional one for me, although I found out later that I was not alone. Aside from the highly charged emotions, the sound and evenness which all choirs try to achieve, together with singing from the heart, made for pure magic. It was a pleasure to create friendship with The Wordsworth Singers and we hope to see this wonderful choir in Riga again one day.
Conductor of Riga Chamber Choir
Comments from audience and sponsors:
“A great honour and privilege [to host the Wordsworth Singers’ visit], of benefit not only to us but to the people of other cities and towns of Lithuania as well as other countries. … Your visit and wonderful performances will remain in everybody’s minds and memories.”
“The quality of the choir …is really top notch.”
“You clearly enjoyed a warm, heartfelt and richly deserved reception from your audiences, and triumphantly carried out a truly remarkable cultural project which will have made an unimaginable impact.”