The Herald interviews Cath Backhouse, mezzo soprano, soloist in this year's performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, which took place on Wed 17 Dec 2014.
'Tonight’s concert will be her tenth with Ludus Baroque and her first as a soloist with the group. Last year’s Christmas Oratorio marked a turning point: it was her final concert as part of a choir.'
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“crack group of British early musickers”
The New York Times
Ludus Baroque is Scotland's chamber orchestra and chorus specialising in great works of the early music repertoire. The large ensemble gathers the finest baroque singers and instrumentalists from around the UK and is renowned for its twice-yearly productions at Edinburgh's stunning Canongate Kirk: a performance of JS Bach's B Minor Mass to celebrate the start of the Festival in August and a festive performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio every December.
Formed in 1998 under the direction of Richard Neville-Towle, the group prides itself on the exuberance and energy of its performances, combining exceptional soloists with a chorus of the country’s top emerging artists and an ensemble of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists. Ludus Baroque has an enviable reputation for bringing together rising stars of the highest quality for energetic and uplifting performances of early music.
“These 19 young choristers, an expert team of period instrumentalists, a brilliant bunch of soloists, inspiringly conducted by Richard Neville-Towle, have become a small Edinburgh Festival in themselves.”
In addition to its popular Edinburgh performances, the group has expanded its activity to concert venues outside the capital and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs with Delphian Records. The third CD, Handel's 'The Triumph of Time and Truth' was released in 2014, gaining the accolade of Gramophone Editor's Choice for August 2014.