Reviews

Guest violinist is ‘stunning success of the evening’

All sections excelled in Prokofiev’s rugged Fifth Symphony, according to Herts Advertiser critic John Manning. But magnificent playing by soloist David le Page provided the evening’s stunning success in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto While Serge Prokofiev’s March from his The Love for Tree Oranges suite might be one of this best known pieces, the same cannot [...]

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“Dynamic Tom leads SASO into 2017 concert success”

GEOFF WARD, reviewing SASO’s 2017 New Year Concert in the Herts Advertiser, says he has never heard the orchestra play better. St Albans Symphony Orchestra gave their annual New Year concert in St Albans Cathedral a day later than usual under their charismatic and dynamic new conductor, Tom Hammond (pictured). The concert began with a [...]

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‘Tom gets off to a flying start at symphony orchestra concert’

Herts Advertiser critic has given warm welcome to new SASO principal conductor, Tom Hammond  – and  the ‘exquisite’ singing of soprano soloist Dima Bawab. “New conductor Tom Hammond got St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s new season off to a fine start on Saturday (15 October) with a programme aimed to please.” “Wagner’s, ever-popular overture to The [...]

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“Orchestra take a concert bow”

Herts Advertiser critic John Manning was impressed by SASO’s summer concert, featuring Mahler’s monumental 5th Symphony. Members of St Albans Symphony Orchestra can feel justifiably feel pride at their overall level of performance at their concert in St Saviour’s Church on Saturday. With cellist Michael Wigram, their programme contained just two works, Saint-Saen’s Cello Concerto No [...]

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