In Voice and Verse

What has been said about our performances...

of London In Voice and Verse...

"Belinda, Heather & Lance performed their delightful 'London In Voice and Verse' for our Patrons Night and wowed a very discerning and experienced audience. Beautifully paced and linking song and narrative with illustrations this really was a celebration of the City. Their version of Ralph McTell’s Streets of London will linger long in the memory."
Ken Maliphant, record producer & director of St George's Festival for Beckenham - November 2019

"October 27th 2019 saw a very welcome return of the exciting trio to The Stables, Eastcote House Gardens, with a completely new programme. Playing to a full house, both audience and In Voice and Verse raised the roof. A beautifully crafted programme which gave a nostalgic and humorous celebration of the greatest city on earth. With words and music from Wordsworth to Zephaniah, Handel to Gershwin. All performed to perfection by Belinda, Lance and Heather.
We eagerly await their return in 2020."

Lesley Crowcroft, Friends of Eastcote House Gardens.

of Armistice...

"What an amazing and wonderfully cathartic afternoon you gave us. And what a stimulatingly diverse choice of poets, writers, and composers, some familiar, but others must have been as surprised as I was to meet people like Ivor Novello, Vera Brittain, Jerome Kern, Edward Elgar, and AA Milne along with Wilfred Owen, Sassoon, Kipling...............
A real tour de force, and a most moving experience for us all."

John Mann - Secretary, The London Appreciation Society - Nov 2018

"In Voice and Verse's commemoration programme 'Armistice' is an excellent way to mark the centenary of the Great War. The narrative moves through the war years dexterously; encapsulating the profound effect it had on the home front as well as in battle. The music - although intrinsically linked to the first-hand accounts and suffering at the front - gives light relief to the narrative and works as a perfect counterpoint. The programme is beautifully paced, reverential to those who lost their lives and celebrates the life-affirming music and poetry that emerged from the depth of human suffering."
Christopher Borrett. Director of Music, St.Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich - June 2018

of Shakespeare in Song.....

"An exquisite hour of related Shakespearian songs and speeches from a real find on the [Edinburgh] Fringe...".

"Belinda Yates has a voice to die for. From first note to last, she pulls every drop of emotion and meaning from each of the songs she renders... [with] Heather Chamberlain, providing piano accompaniment to song and speech."

"Lance Pierson’s rich, bass voice brings each of the selected texts to life... He rolls words in his mouth so exquisitely and is never afraid of silence, leaving text hanging in the air, letting us enjoy the richness of the language without feeling rushed. Perfect."

"...And the idea of running a slide projector showing the words and some very helpful explanations of the more obscure parts of Shakespearean language was a masterstroke."

"....this magical, little gem of a show – the sort you search the Fringe for each year and are so delighted to find. A must see for Shakespeare and music fans alike."

Click here to read the full review Tim Wilcock -

"... brilliant entertainment by this thoroughly professional Trio, from whom words leap to life in speech and song, along with concurrent screen displays enhancing every performance. An afternoon or evening with these exceptional artists and their unique presentations is sheer delight."
John Cotterill, Conductor, July 2015

of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits.....

"'Personally, I enjoyed it hugely and so did lots of parents but, much more importantly, the boys who attended have hardly stopped talking about it and those who missed out have definitely been left wishing they had gone!'"
Mark Smith, Headmaster - Northcote Lodge School, May 2016

"Thank you again for such a wonderful afternoon revisiting Shakespeare's Greatest Hits - the singing was magnificent, the accompanying excellent and the verse dramatic and meaningful..."
Alison Makepeace, Vice Chair - Thornbury U3A, May 2016

"...we thought it was fantastic.... The performers were uniformly brilliant, and we were both very taken with the singer, who was superb - in particular [her rendition] of the West Side Story song was tremendous; a natural Maria.
Richard Harris, Composer, May 2014

"..what a joy last night was. Truly enjoyed it. Humming the tunes on the way home and reflecting on the Shakespeare."
Edmund Matyjaszek, Poet & Playwright, May 2014

of Rule Britannia (Elizabeth to Elizabeth).....

“...outstanding! Three very different talents blended into a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening!”
Jacques Arnold, Author

"I very much enjoyed the performance of Elizabeth to Elizabeth at the English Music Festival.
The programme was very thoughtfully created, with a good balance of music, speech and
historical information, and the audience response was extremely positive".

Simon Wales, Head of Visitor Experience, Waddesdon Manor (National Trust), May 2013

“A wonderful evening of entertainment, of laughter, of thoughtful reflection and poignancy.”
Canon David Gibb, Vicar of St Andrew's, Leyland

“thank you so much.....for a wonderful afternoon which will be talked about very much.”
Jane Streeter, Lowdham Book Festival

“It was fast-paced and humour played a major role...
...I'm impressed with the way they have put their programme together.”

Margaret Starr, The Baptist Times

“Excellent show... Entertaining, informative, evocotive... thanks for yesterday's Right Royal Entertainment.”
Ian Miles, Organist & Director of Music at All Saints Church, Sutton Courtenay

of From Time to Time.....

“Thank you once again for an excellent concert. People are still talking about how much they enjoyed it.”
Canon Michael Rusk, St. Peter's Church, Oadby

“A delight from start to finish. The trio brought us laughter & pathos in equal measure as they led us from morning to evening & through the stages of life from birth to death...”
Joanna Comer - The Prayer Book Society

of The Bible In Voice and Verse.....

“Actor Lance Pierson added another dimension to the text with his animated and ebullient delivery, while soprano Belinda Yates sang with a polished tone and verbal clarity.”
Miranda Heggie, The Herald, Scotland

“It was an extraordinary performance: imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed.”
Professor Gordon Campbell, Former Professor, University of Leicester

“The concert provided a superb and moving presentation of passages from the AV. It was an unforgettable evening.”
Professor Stephen Sykes, Former Bishop of Ely

“The Bible in Voice and Verse is not to be missed.”
John Martin, The Church of England Newspaper

of John Milton In Voice and Verse.....

“...[they] both enthralled and enlightened us.”
“...[their] intelligent and imaginative combination of song and verse truly added a third dimension to Milton’s work”

Father John Simpson, St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden

“Thank you so much for making the night such a success.
I really think we put together a wonderful performance.”

Gayna Pelham, The National Gallery

of Christmas In Voice and Verse.....

“I can't tell you how much of a pleasure it was to meet and 'work with' Lance, Belinda and Heather on Monday night. By the end of it I felt I wanted to go on tour with them all. They were sheer delight to have with us. They got on so well with the stage crew and they with them. When I arrived, Chris Robinson said he could not believe the strength of Belinda's powerhouse voice!

I ran into people shopping this very morning and they stopped me to say how appreciative they were of the wonderful programme with which we were all served on Monday evening. It was invigorating, moving and entertaining.”

Edward Thomas, Chairman of the Ashridge Circle

Edinburgh Fringe Performances - Full review links...
 2014 - Shakespeare in Song   2011 - The Bible In Voice and Verse 

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