“Dynamic Tom leads SASO into 2017 concert success…”
Critic Geoff Ward, writing in the Herts Advertiser, says he has never heard SASO play better than on January 2nd at its 2017 New Year Concert in St Albans Abbey.
He praises the “sparkling” performance of Richard Strauss’s under the orchestra’s “dynamic and charismatic new conductor”, Tom Hammond. Leader Jenny Wigram is also singled out for her solo playing in the theme from Nigel Hess’s score for the film Ladies in Lavender.
A rendition Schumann’s thrilling, but rarely heard, Konzertstuck for Four Horns, featuring a quartet led by the internationally renowned soloist Pip Eastop, is described as “exemplary from both soloists and orchestra.”