Reviews

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 been an inspiration to the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, providing excellent leadership and direction. But Saturday’s concert was his last [...]

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Orchestra’s all-Scandinavian Success Story

Geoff Ward, writing in the Herts Advertiser, suggests that SASO has “improved immeasurably under their dynamic conductor, Bjorn Bantock” St Albans Symphony Orchestra presented an all-Scandinavian programme in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the births of Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen at St Saviour’s Church. The concert began with the popular Karelia Suite, which [...]

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“Beethoven symphony raises roof”

Herts Advertiser critic John Manning found SASO’s March 7th Beethoven concert “exciting and inspirational” With members of the Hertfordshire Chorus and other local choirs as well as a team of top class soloists, the orchestra and its conductor Bjorn Bantock produced an evening of music which must rate as one of the most outstanding in [...]

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Oh those Russians…

Pianist Alissa Firsova and the St Albans Symphony Orchestra received further critical praise from critic John Manning for their New Year 2015 performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: “Although Alissa Firsova has spent most of her life in St Albans the influence and passion of composers from her native Russia is clear [...]

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