…pleasingly sung, neatly directed…

The Times 15 February 2011

More English stage music, of a slightly later date, at the Wigmore Hall, where Bampton Opera presented Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris preceded by extracts from his masque Alfred (including a rousing ditty called Rule, Britannia, which might just catch on). A golden apple and a few flirtatious glances aside, this was a concert performance but a pleasingly sung one, neatly directed from the harpsichord by Benjamin Bayl, which revelled in Arne’s dapper tunes, busy violin descants and sizzling coloratura. A good incentive to sample Bampton Opera in its Oxfordshire home this summer.

Richard Morrison