Frank McKone’s review of the Polyphonic Bard
Frank McKone of the Canberra Critics Circle on The Polyphonic Bard:
“For the young students of the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, the top-quality 5-part singing of the Pocket Score team – David Yardley (countertenor), Paul Eldon (tenor), John Virgoe (tenor), Daniel Sanderson (baritone) and Ian Blake (bass) – provides a model for them to aspire to. They have a long way to go at this point in their quest, but this public performance is an important step along the way.
“Once upon a time, when I trained young people for tertiary training auditions, requiring a Shakespeare piece, of course, I used to explain how 5- or even 8-part singing took place in the pubs of London in Shakespeare’s day, and how those complexities of rhythm, harmony and stress patterns underlie the poetry of Shakespeare’s words. These CADA students are lucky enough to learn in practice, from the Pocket Score Company, what I could only explain to my trainees.”
Read the full review on the Canberra Critics Circle website.