“He completely gripped the audience with the quality of his playing…”
All sections excelled in a fine performance of Prokofiev’s rugged and technically demanding Fifth Symphony on Saturday 11 March. But it was magnificent playing in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto by soloist David le Page that provided the evening’s crowning success, according to Herts Advertiser critic John Manning
“His playing was warm and sonorous, yet fully charged with the emotion of the piece. He completely gripped the audience with the quality of his playing and the dazzling cadenza towards the end of the first movement was magnificent, matching the quality of many much better known performers.
“Throughout, the orchestra matched his fine performing skills and Tom Hammond showed himself to be someone who works in complete cooperation with his soloist. Overall this was a captivating performance of a very well-known piece of music and all the better for coming at the heart of a thoroughly stimulating and enjoyable concert.”