The BWS performance of Haydn's Creation with the Eighteenth Century Orchestra was a treat. We particularly delighted in the sound-world of the orchestra, playing instruments that would have been heard in Haydn's day. Throughout, the woodwind playing was assured and delicate; the horns, trumpets and timpani were exciting and the lower strings in And God Created Great Whales were outstanding. Soloist Emma Boger (soprano) sang with a beautiful bright sound, and I enjoyed Nicholas Perfect's (bass) performance of Rolling in Foaming Billows. But tenor Glyn Aubrey stole the show, with confidence and thoughtful nuance in dynamics and vocal colour. The ensemble of the BWS was, as always, accurate and dramatic, even in the trickiest of fugal passages. Conductor David Burrowes knows this choir well and brings out the best in them. This concert, marking the bicentenary of Haydn's death, was supported by Lottery funding.

Alison Macmillan, Reader Review, published in the Sentinel, May 2009