Reviews of Viennese Gala concert – Sat 31 December

We’ve seen some lovely reviews of the Brighton Phil’s New Year’s Eve concert, including:

Reviewing for The Argus Phil Dennett noted that the newspaper got a special mention in the Brighton Phil’s Viennese Gala concert at Brighton Dome. He praised “the charming Rebecca Bottone, a soprano who loves to show off in the nicest possible sense, seduced and dazzled with a display that showed not just vocal agility but a fine control of tone and soaring power. Her supreme talents were best shown in the melodious Vilja by Lehar, enhanced by shimmering strings, and in a graceful Don’t Be Cross.” Read his review in full at:

Chris Francis for Mid Sussex Times/Sussex County Times wrote that: “The BPO certainly were well on top of their game and appear to relish working with Bell, especially in this traditional new year’s eve Viennese-style concert. The audience again enjoyed the mix and clearly were captivated by the coloratura excellence of soprano Rebecca Bottone.” Read more at:

Andrew Connal for Latest Brighton also enjoyed Rebecca Bottone’s “laser-accurate stratospheric coloratura [which] soared out to bring the house down each time.” Read his review in full at:

Dr Brian Hick for Lark Reviews was full of praise for Rebecca and also wrote that “the Dome seemed even more alive than usual for the traditional Viennese Gala from Brighton Philharmonic, this year in the capable hands of Stephen Bell. His Christmas cracker jokes strike just the right note between the musical items and the orchestra not only responded with enthusiasm but came dressed for the occasion.” Read more at:

The solo violin in Kreisler’s Stars in My Eyes played by Leader John Bradbury was also singled out for praise, as was the percussion section, in particular the BPO’s very own “cuckoo” Donna-Maria Landowski!

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