Guy Johnston ‘The Protecting Veil’ – review round-up

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Guy Johnston‘s recent tour with Britten Sinfonia, performing Sir John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil has garnered glowing reviews. With performances in Norwich, Saffron Walden, London, Dublin and Manchester, Johnston was universally praised for his playing, which ClassicalSource referred to as “beyond beautiful, of sublime transcendence”. (Full review)

In his 4-star review in The Times, Richard Morrison wrote “The orchestra falls silent and the cello soloist — here the admirable Guy Johnston — portrays Mary at the foot of the cross in a movement that fuses ancient chants into a lamentation that seems to lay bare the very soul of the instrument.” (Full review – Paywall)

“It is hard to imagine a better performance than this one experienced at the Barbican. Guy Johnston led us in contemplation, the serenity of his upper register cello line immediately establishing a mood of calm… His was a remarkable performance of stamina and poise”.  Arcana FM (Full review)

Johnston’s performance was also reviewed in The New Statesman, with Jason Cowley writing: “The solo cellist was Guy Johnston, with the violinist Thomas Gould leading the unconducted Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra, and together they held the audience in rapt and solemn attention.” (Full review)

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