REVIEWS

“The performance was one magnificent arch of music, bringing the audience to its feet with calls for an encore … The sound was so glorious and the program so well-chosen that one only hopes the group will revisit this literature in the not-too-distant future.”
                      … Review by Christine Facciolo, Delaware Arts Info (May 2014)

Review, David Christopher, Conductor, Organist, Peabody, Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware

David Christopher, Conductor

“His relaxed presentation of each piece kept the whole audience in his hand, providing fascinating background about the music’s African-American roots”
… Chuck Holdeman, Delaware Arts Info (January 2014)

“I was privileged to be the organist for the Delaware Valley Chorale’s May 2013 concert, which featured Benjamin Britten’s Festival Te Deum and Rejoice in the Lamb and Robert Elmore’s oratorio The Cross … It was bold for David Christopher to program these difficult 20th century works. He has built both a marvelous choral ensemble that rose splendidly to the challenge and a strong loyal audience that supported this innovative program. The choir sang with musical excellence and great spirit as was evidenced by the enthusiastic response of the audience. This choir is a treasure and deserves great support.”
           … Robert Plimpton, Organist, First United Methodist Church (San Diego)
                          San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus

“As a professional musician – a singer, choral director, teacher, adjudicator and composer – I’ve enjoyed thousands of choral performances. But I can say that there are few choirs who sing with the heart, spirit, and style achieved by the Delaware Valley Chorale. There is an attractive specialness in each and every performance.”
                          … David Lockart, conductor, singer and music educator 

 

Review, Delaware ChoralArts, McCullough, Holocaust Cantata, David Christopher, Conductor, Music Director, Organist, Wilmington, Delaware

DCA performs Donald McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata”

“The more than 50 voices of the Delaware Valley Chorale joined together to sing Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Creation. Accompanied by a fine orchestra, under the nimble baton of Conductor and Artistic Director, David Christopher, this all-volunteer chorus (selected by audition) graced the audience with a fabulous performance of this lively setting of one of the Bible’s most beloved and well-known passages.”
                … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info
 

David Christopher balances like an expert – playing harpsichord for the Delaware Symphony, conducting operas, directing choirs and orchestras. His Christmas concerts at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew combine sacred 16th-century polyphony with Caribbean jazz carols lets the congregation express their joy of diversity and community.”
             … Margaret Darby, Delaware Arts Info

“The Delaware Valley Chorale’s concert Saturday night at Newark United Methodist Church was terrific — good enough to hear again on Sunday, Nov. 22, in Wilmington.”
               … Rita Truschel, Delaware Arts Info

Review, Delaware ChoralArts, English Choral Legacy, David Christopher, Conductor, Music Director, SsAM, Peabody

DCA Concert – The English Choral Legacy

“Christopher has helped them grow into a group with a lush, unified quality. Each one of the singers is dedicated, and sings from a place of joy. That is exactly what they brought to the audience, too.”
       … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info

“The Delaware Valley Chorale, under the direction of David Christopher, sang beautifully … each word and voice part rang out clearly. Their rousing rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic energized the audience. Moving was their wordless Hymn to the Fallen, from John Williams’ “Saving Private Ryan” film score, accompanied by the DSO.”      … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info