Since we started in 1997, we've received testimonials from choral customers in over 50 countries. We're greatly encouraged by these and, in a sort of self-congratulatory glow as we begin our fourth year of operations,
we thought we might show some of these. Since we haven't asked for specific permission, all the quotes will
have to remain anonymous but, needless to say, a real individual lies
behind all of them. (And some of you will recognise your own words!) As a matter of interest, about 20 per cent of all customers write something complimentary, and quite voluntarily, and we think this has got to be some sort of record!
We've had a slightly sceptical comment from one of our readers that the following are highly selective in that we've included no critical quotes. We do, of course, receive feedback about notational errors (very occasionally -- and we're most grateful to hear of these), but we've actually received no out-and-out negative comments. We've also received a number of constructive criticisms pointing out improvements we might make to the site layout. All these have been noted and we will be incorporating many of these when time and, more importantly, resources give us opportunity to re-design the site in a radical way. Meanwhile, our priorities are to extend our Current List and try to satisfy additional requests.
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"You may be interested to know that we had an inaugural session of our
madrigal group on September 26 and it was very successful. Essentially it
was a reading: we whipped through about ten of your scores, none more than
three times over, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. About twenty people
turned out for it, with all SATB parts well covered, thank God. A number
of people commented on how clear and well edited the Handlo scores were.
We will undoubtedly be ordering more from you before long."
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