“…every moment was a thrill.”


Herts Advertiser music critic John Manning says SASO’s whole performance in an all-Sibelius programme on June 23rd was gripping Saturday’s all Sibelius programme presented by the St Albans Symphony Orchestra under its conductor Tom Hammond…
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“…assured, fresh and polished…”


Geoff Ward reviewed SASO’s May 2018 concert for the Herts Advertiser St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s concert at St Saviour’s Church on Saturday, May 12 was an all-Russian programme. It began with the hugely entertaining Festive…
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“…a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening.”


Herts Advertiser critic John Manning reviews SASO’s Dvorak and Vaughan-Williams concert (St Saviour’s Church, March 10) Two composers who loved the folk music of their homeland were Ralph Vaughan Williams and Antonin Dvorak, whose music…
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“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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