Louise Macdonald, Testimonials

“This innovative creation is not only a faithful tribute to Mary Queen of Scots, but in the hands of Macdonald and Sawer a work of exquisite beauty.”

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Richard Beck


Stunning programme; electric performance. Loved it all !

I love Louise’s voice – it is so extraordinarily warm and soothing to listen to, I honestly think she would make any music sound good. I really appreciate her passion and commitment to each piece, putting all her heart into communicating the emotion of the song. It was an incredibly powerful experience as an audience member and one that will remain with me for a long time.

It was amazing and astounding. The new works were diverse, sensitive and beautifully textured. Louise Macdonald’s voice was sublime, wonderfully complemented by Ingrid’s sensitive playing. Venue was superb too.

This was a truly stunning and inspiring performance. It was also informative, both for “those in the know” and the other lesser mortals like myself. The programme was fascinating, complex and challenging. The delivery was excellent and admirable for the time taken to engage the audience, whilst managing not to have this compromise the performance. I hope there will be more to come.

I very much enjoyed the evening. Although so much of the music was completely new to me, Louise and Ingrid’s short addresses to the audience with helpful translations and background to each piece were incredibly helpful both in improving our appreciation of the pieces but also setting a friendly and warm atmosphere. I thought it was an excellent idea to pair the Schumann with the more contemporary pieces. This, and the fact that each piece was not over long, made it an accessible programme. I think the ticket price was about right – good value for money for such a high standard of performance. Perhaps charge an extra couple of pounds next time – it’s definitely worth it.

I loved the mix of old and new, with the familiar Schumann lieder introducing the theme and the varied and exciting new works following. The shifting tonalities in Eddie McGuire’s songs brought a wash of colour whilst Judith Bingham’s dark and dramatic Adieu Solace was full of surprises. In contrast, the sparse textures of Dee Isaacs’ intimate triptych restored a sense of calm as the programme reached its conclusion. We were treated to the full range of emotions in Louise Macdonald’s warm and beautifully controlled contralto voice, accompanied by Ingrid Sawers’ sensitive piano playing. I particularly enjoyed hearing Ingrid’s engaging introductions to each of the new works which helped to complete the historical jigsaw puzzle as it was being presented.

Excellent programme of music; Beautiful rich and sensitive singing; Stunning venue; A delight to be part of the audience.

A truly wonderful performance in a beautiful venue. Louise Macdonald sang an inspiring programme superbly, with a very sensitive and highly accomplished accompaniment from Ingrid Sawyers. The programme notes were very interesting and eloquently written. The ticket prices were so reasonable, considering the incredibly high standard of performance.

I really enjoyed the concert. Louise has a wonderful voice and presence and performed the songs flawlessly. She poured her heart into the performance. My particular favourite was “Lullaby for James” by Dee Isaacs. It was profoundly moving in its simplicity as was “In the end is my beginning.”