Reviews

“The whole concert was a delight…”

Geoff Ward, writing in the Herts Advertiser, awarded top marks to SASO’s ‘Orchestral Colours’ concert in May. The dynamic and enterprising conductor of the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Bjorn Bantock, chose to showcase the various sections of the orchestra in the first half of last Saturday’s concert at St Saviour’s to great effect. As a result [...]

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Grand scheme of things for Symphony Orchestra

Herts Advertiser critic John Manning was “completely dazzled” at SASO’s Mendelssohn and Strauss concert on March 8th. When it comes to doing things on a grand scale German composer Richard Strauss certainly knew how. His tone poem, An Alpine Symphony, demands an orchestra of epic proportions and includes an organ, wind machine. thunder sheet, double horns [...]

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Movie music to see in the New Year

Music critic John Manning praises SASO’s “outstanding” New Year concert of  film music Although music from the movies may not be regarded as “classical” by some, it really follows in the long tradition of composers such as Hamlet and Mozart who wrote for the theatre. It is music designed to help entertain people and if anyone doubted this, [...]

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‘A real tour de force’

SASO’s Festival Concert was by turns ‘powerful’ and ‘stunning’, says Herts Advertiser critic, John Manning There was something rather special about St Albans Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Holst’s popular Planets Suite on Saturday night. It felt as though the work could have been written for St Albans Abbey with its huge reverberation time. I can’t [...]

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