In Praise

Peter Stoltzfus Berton, Music Director, St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford
"The Anglican Singers sang (Evensong) with a refined sense of communicating the meaning of the words. Besides achieving this goal, it was evident that they enjoyed doing so! Having experienced this group under three conductors, my impression is that they continue to grow from strength to strength, as devoted champions of an ancient art form kept alive as an exciting, beautiful and relevant tradition. I look forward to their return in future seasons."

Robert J. Powell, Renowned composer of over 200 works for choir, solo voice, organ
and brass

"Some of the finest choir singing I have heard was by The Anglican Singers,under the direction of Marianna Wilcox. Marianna and the singers moved as one to present a program with beautiful blend and diction."

"My wife and I were invited by the Singers to hear the first of my 1965 Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, recently discovered at the Church of St. James in New London, CT. The sound and tempo of this piece was just right; no better performance would have been possible. I was inspired by this performance to "turn back the clock" and re-visit some of my earlier pieces, perhaps using some of the ideas found there as a basis for more recent works."

"All in all, this was a most inspiring experience for us--long may the good work of the Anglican Singers continue!"

Edward Janusz - Music blog
"I made my way over to St. James Episcopal Church in New London tonight and heard "Lessons and Carols for Advent" with the Anglican Singers…. If you like choral music at all – or if you’re just curious – go see them, because they’re wonderful, truly a local treasure."

The Reverend Walter H. Raymond, OGS, Dean & Rector, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec City, Canada
"The Anglican Singers provided a magnificent ministry to us when they sang Evensong at the Cathedral in Quebec City on our Feast of Title (Trinity Sunday)in our bicentennial year, 2004. Through a very faithful presentation of that gemstone of the Anglican musical heritage, Choral Evensong, the Anglican Singers touched us all very deeply with the graceful discipline of their singing – an unforgettable contribution to our bicentennial celebrations."

The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (April 2005)
“AAM (Association of Anglican Musicians) members were treated to a beautifully rendered Evensong. AAM member, Marianna Wilcox, has trained her singers well, and they sailed through Our Music with ease, from the opening introit (Byrd’s Look down, O Lord) through Bruce Neswick’s Preces and Responses, Psalms 114 and 115, and Herbert Howells’ Collegium Regale setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The anthem, Arvo Pärt’s The Beatitudes, albeit a departure from the Anglican tradition, was a ravishing addition to Our Music. Organist Simon Hold accompanied expertly.”

Brian Jones, Director of Music Emeritus, Trinity Church, Boston, MA.
"The Anglican Singers...added a great deal to the...service. The group is committed, well trained and attentive to details,...of diverse ages,(and) sings with a fine sense of musicianship and expression. Marianna Wilcox has trained her singers intelligently and thoughtfully, and they are clearly and thoroughly dedicated to the style of singing which their title implies."

John Rose, College Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
"Many thanks to you and your superb Anglican Singers for yesterday's Evensong. What a joy it was to listen to all of you and Simon! Your choice of literature was perfect in balance and flow. Needless to say, the welcome mat is always out for you and your group. All the best for continued success in your important and unique endeavors."

Dr. Ronald Arnatt, internationally known composer, conductor and organist. Director of Music, St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, MA, formerly head of the Church Music Department at Westminster Choir College, past National President of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. The Anglican Singers " up to their title, singing four centuries of Anglican liturgical music as well as music by American composers. They have a wonderful understanding of the Evensong service and prepare the music with great care, giving full attention to the stylistic performance of the many styles that they cover."

"I am fortunate in having a strong association with the Anglican Singers and their director Marianna Wilcox. Several of my compositions have been given their first performances by them, some commissioned especially for them. It can be a harrowing experience to have to listen to a performance of my music by a group that is unprepared; not only have I never been disappointed by the Anglican Singers, I cannot imagine better performances by any chorus. They were thoroughly prepared in every way and obviously derived a great deal of pleasure and joy from their experience."

Benjamin Waterhouse, Organist, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec City, Canada
"Of all the events of that (bicentennial) weekend, . . . it’s Evensong that sticks in my mind. The atmosphere in the church was quite magical, and I don’t think there could have been a better way to introduce the chamber organ to its new home. The choir did a wonderful job singing what was basically an unaccompanied service. . . "

T.B., New London, CT
"Thank you for bringing more beauty into the world."