“The resulting performance was first-class…”


Herts Advertiser critic John Manning was impressed by the 2017 St Cecilia Festival Concert in St Albans Cathedral “Probably the biggest achievement of the St Albans St Cecilia Society is bringing together four distinct and…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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‘Elgar workshop results in topnotch playing’ says critic


SASO’s performance of Elgar’s Symphony No 2 at the conclusion of its 2016 Babs Yule memorial workshop weekend was ‘impressive’ according to Herts Advertiser music critic, John Manning. Anyone hearing Elgar’s second symphony for the…
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‘Cristian dazzles as SASO as conductor shows the way’


John Manning, music critic for the Herts Advertiser, was impressed in March by rising violin start Cristian Grajner de Sa – and by SASO’s playing  under guest conductor Leon Gee “Although Cristian Grajner De Sa…
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"SASO gets 2016 off to a flying start for audience"


John Manning, music critic of the Herts Advertiser, declared SASO’s 2016 New Year concert to be “a huge success” After more than three decades St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Year’s Day concert has become…
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St Cecilia Society shows why Requiem still matters


Herts Advertiser critic John Manning praises the St Cecilia Festival Society’s performance of Dvorak’s rarely-heard Requiem Congratulations to all concerned in the St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society’s presentation of Dvorak’s rarely-heard Requiem. Few who heard it…
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Bjorn’s swansong delights audience


John Manning, music critic for the Herts Advertiser, found  SASO on top form for its ‘Best of Britain’ concert, providing a fitting farewell for Principal Conductor Bjorn Bantock For four seasons conductor Bjorn Bantock has…
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