Press Reactions/Quotes

African Sanctus has received international acclaim.
It is a celebratory and visionary work, expressing unity between people, their faiths and above all, their music.

"Afro-Latin, tribal-choral masterpiece" The Observer

"A work of pure vitality and excitement in which two distinct worlds meet"
The Australian

"African Sanctus is literally unique, both in conception and completion"
Antony Hopkins, BBC Radio 3

"The overall effect is an exhilarating mixture which celebrates differences and unites cultures" Britannia Classic Music Magazine

"A very engrossing, musically rewarding piece" Washington Post

"The effect was spellbinding and won an ovation from a capacity audience" The London Times

"I have performed in innumerable ways over the past fifty years in both music and drama. African Sanctus was, however, the most deeply moving and fulfilling of any performance in which I have ever been involved." Choir Member

"Fanshawe's Sanctus, electrifying, stirring" Pretoria News

"A work of ethnic diversity and multi-culturalism" Toronto Globe and Mail

"Fanshawe's work is a remarkable, heart-gripping achievement, sensibly formulated and beautifully crafted enough to be of abiding interest as music alone. But, beyond that, it cradles with great respect the music of those 'who neither read nor write music', the magnificent Africa of several lands whose music is from their souls and often surprisingly complex." Green Bay News

"Highlight of the Convention" ACDA Minnesota

"Somewhere in this massive aural collage is something anyone can relate to" LA Examiner

"Shattering primitive power in the Sanctus chorus, poetry in the beautifully written Kyrie" Bournemouth International Festival

"Mass meets Masai - majestically ecofriendly" Melbourne Age

"'African Sanctus' a significant musical work" University of Wisconsin

"The Lord's Prayer, rich evocative simplicity" Financial Times

"David has the real stuff, not someone's interpretation of fake African drumming" Jo-Michael Scheibe

"It bridges cultures and elements in our world and our history. It's a historical work that has to be performed" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Massive 'African Sanctus' by chorale truly special" Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin

"It's a very religious piece, but not in an Anglican way. It's also a very theatrical piece" Exeter Herald

"Composer celebrates unity through diversity" Tampa Tribune

"Fanshawe integrated cultures from the two continents so skillfully the audience was compelled to consider the remarkable global unity of the human race" Lincoln Journal Star

"David Fanshawe's 'African Sanctus' meant to be experienced" Durham Herald, North Carolina

"African Sanctus artfully combines folk and rock music in an eclectic rendition of the religious service" St Petersburg Times, Florida

"'African Sanctus' aptly blends tribal recordings, chorus" Register-Guard Eugene, Oregon

"AFRICAN SANCTUS is a highly original work in which very different cultures have been imaginatively and ingeniously fused. The music is as fresh today as it was when first heard in 1972 and its message of peace, goodwill and understanding between nations just as relevant." Sir David Willeocks

"Throughout African Sanctus, Fanshawe provides surprising, but always effective juxtaposition of African music and his own choruses. The humanity and reverence we share with the Africans who Fanshawe recorded shines through every minute. It is an uplifting piece, also exhilarating with its strong rhythmic drive. Fanshawe's tapes and photos are a precious document of these vanished pieces of culture." Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon.

"These performances have the size and feel of a millennium turning event. The significance of African Sanctus hardly stops at its being a symbolic meeting of two worlds. The work deeply engages its audiences .... African Sanctus has in fact become an unintentional requiem." Philadelphia Enquirer

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