Reviews of Remembrance Sunday concert

Comments from audience members at our Remembrance Sunday concert include:

“I thought Sunday’s concert programme was extremely well put together.  The balance of emotion and expertise was excellent and I came away feeling very involved with the playing.” Joan Griffiths, BPO Sponsor

“I enjoyed the concert last Sunday very much. It was my sort of programme and in particular, I thought the performance of the Butterworth was exquisite. I have never experienced a better live performance of the piece and I have a special interest in the subject as my father published the first book on Butterworth’s music back in 1985 – his centenary year!” Peter Copley, Hove-based composer

Tweets from the day included the following (to be read in reverse order):

The first press review of the concert appeared in the The Mid Sussex Times (and later the Sussex County Times and Brighton & Hove Independent) where Phil Dennett felt “Solo violinist Matthew Trusler caught the dissonance of war in his marvellously projected Britten Violin Concerto” and that “Technically the varied pieces kept the musicians extremely busy and the appreciative crowd got plenty of minims and crochets for their money.”

Read his review in full at: http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/whats-on/music/review-fine-bpo-concert-brings-conflict-to-mind-1-8242014

Susan Elkin, for Lark Reviews, described Matthew Trusler’s performance of the Britten Violin Concerto “[He] played it with verve, maturity and impressive control” and particularly enjoyed Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad which opened the second half – “Plenty of yearning, lyrical beauty came through some fine playing.” She was also pleased “to see and hear a selection of works which make such good use of the tuba…Well done, Principal Tuba.”

Read her review in full at: http://www.larkreviews.co.uk/?cat=3

Robert Hugill (of Planet Hugill) wrote an unsolicited and very enthusiastic review of the concert and Mattthew Trusler in particular, with the sub-title “A mesmerising performance from soloist Matthew Trusler, and a furious account of RVW’s Fourth symphony” which you can read in full at: http://www.planethugill.com/2017/11/imaginative-rememberance-day-concert-in.html

Another glowing review appeared in Latest magazine, courtesy of Brenda Greenhalgh – you can read it at : https://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2017/11/14/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-barry-wordsworth-conductor-matthew-trusler-violin/

Reviewing for The Argus Tom Sayer wrote of the performance of ” a trio of pieces from three great English composers; Britten, Butterworth and Vaughan-Williams. Each had moments of wonder in them…” and that “The opening of Vaughan-Williams’ Symphony No.4 was a highlight for me, with the brass given plenty to do and really added a sparkle to the first movement.”

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