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“This is just to say THANK YOU, Saturday was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone I have met this week. We loved the music and the way you presented it. The way you used the building was on of the things that most impressed people. The energy you put into costume and prop changes kept everyone’s attention, and the singing and accompaniment were superb.”

“Many thanks for the wonderful weekend you gave us with your music. We would love to have you back sometime soon.”

“Classical Encounters gave an excellent performance of A Miniature Mikado in the second half with Sally-Ann Shepherdson as a sparkling Yum-Yum, Trevor Alexander still up to the minute with Ko-Ko’s little list including David Cameron’s taxation promises, and Pauline Birchall, whose Katisha was much admired as she responded to Trevor’s rendition of ‘Tit-Willow’. ‘Marine Parade, Clacton-on-Sea’ had an authentic ring as Nanki-Poo's address abroad and Myfanwy Bentall as Peep-Bo completed a dazzling trio of little maids. Peter Crockford was an admirable and sympathetic accompanist.” (Peter Mountsteven, Gilbert & Sullivan News, Autumn 2009)

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to you and ‘The Team’ for helping to make the evening so memorable. I have received many plaudits for the ‘Opera Idea’ and feel sure that you will be contacted by some of my friends and guests in due course.”

“Described, quite rightly, as the most delightful Musical Evening we have ever had… the delightful programme; beautiful voices and superb presentation, to such expertise in accompaniment. What an evening to remember for all time.”

“Thank you once again for coming such a long journey yesterday to entertain us so delightfully. Everyone enjoyed your performances very much indeed and your choice of programme brought back many memories.”

“The highlight of the 83rd London season to date has been A Savoy Miscellany by Classical Encounters, with a superbly researched programme of G&S and their direct contemporaries up to 1919. We look forward to hearing the CD of this excellent programme and highly recommend this talented trio to affiliated societies.” (G&S News, Spring 2007)

“Thank you Sally-Ann, Trevor and Peter for a delightful afternoon. (Incidentally, Peter, our old piano has never sounded so good!) We all left the hall feeling much lighter of heart after your performances and we sincerely hope you will be able to visit us again. We’d love to have you back.”

“What a great success - Thursday evening was hugely enjoyed by everyone I have spoken to. The whole thing was superb; the set, the way you had abridged the show, costumes, singing, the organisation. Please will you pass our thanks to all who were involved.”

“Thanks for bringing the Mikado to our Festival. It was the highlight this year. A very beautiful and well sung production and much appreciated by the folks of Bedford Park. Well done!” (Father Kevin Morris, The Mikado, St Michael and All Angels Church, Turnham Green)

“At a time when financial cuts in the performing arts abound, here at The Crossing, Worksop we run a volunteer-driven regular programme of community concerts ( ) for our local community without any financial support from anyone. Sally-Ann Shepherdson and the trio 'Classical Encounters' are a key part of that community work, bringing the high musical standards we have come to expect!” (David Jordan, Concerts Programmer)


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