“Working with a basic consort of six singers, conductor Mark Chambers elicits performances which expertly blend the interleaving sensuality of Monteverdi’s part-writing with the biting drama of his word-setting.”

“The rapid hocketing of syllables between the singers is thrilling, the rhythmic attack tight and well co-ordinated. The becalmed sestet is, by contrast, mellifluously negotiated by bass-baritone Brian McAlea, currently a student at New College, Oxford.”

“This is, all told, an effervescent evening’s entertainment, and another colourful feather in the cap of Sestina, a group fast developing a reputation for classy, intelligent programming of Baroque music, idiomatically sung and expertly accompanied on instruments of the period.”

Excerpts from the review of Sestina at Culture Northern Ireland’s website