Reviews

‘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 first time might be forgiven for not recognising it as the work of the great composer. For, in its overall style, [...]

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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 is still an undergraduate he dazzled his audience ill St Albans on Saturday with his performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. [...]

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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 one the biggest musical events of the year for the city. And the 2016 concert at St Albans Cathedral was no [...]

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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 in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday could fail to agree that this powerful and dramatic work should be heard far [...]

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