Reviews of Sun 5 March concert at Brighton Dome

In sending in his review of the concert, which followed a very well-attended open rehearsal for children, Andrew Connal of The Latest wrote:

“I always enjoy witnessing the enjoyment of the youngsters at their first orchestral concert. It’s no surprise that they were thrilled by the Enescu. I do hope my review in The Latest catches some of the children’s enthusiasm.”

Read his review of the concert at:


Reviewing for The Argus Daniel Searle awarded the concert five stars!, praising the orchestra for “A classic cinematic sound with rich flourishes”

Read his review at:


Another warm review from Lark Reviews who was particularly impressed by guest conductor Cristian Mandeal’s interpretation of Elgar’s Symphony No.1, saying: “he brought a beautifully developed sense of line and much lovely phrasing in the construction of long paragraphs. He was aware of the smallest of details, allowing tiny moments to blossom – a sudden fleet bassoon line; a falling brashness from the trombones – and capture the imagination in ways we may not have heard before.”

Read the review in full here:


Chris Francis, reviewing for the Brighton & Hove Independent and Mid Sussex Times, wrote:

“It was open rehearsal time with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday morning and I can only hope the 500 or so children and their parents attending enjoyed the George Enescu piece as much as I did during the concert a few hours later.

With guest conductor being Enescu’s Romanian countryman and ardent supporter Cristian Mandeal, the Romanian Rhapsody No.1 was almost guaranteed to be a hit with all concerned and for me was the highlight of the penultimate concert in the 92nd season. And that is saying something considering that the other two pieces on the 20th century programme were the highly talented Chloe Hanslip playing Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major and a full orchestra doing full justice to Elgar’s Symphony No.1.

Maybe slightly less surprising was that Enescu was a little ambivalent towards the piece as it tended to overshadow subsequent works he considered of a little more substance.

Mandeal belied his near 71 years with an athletic performance on the podium and Hanslip, not surprisingly, showed her superb talent in the widely acclaimed Erich Korngold concerto that includes strains from his many movie scores.

But despite the abundance of riches, it was the Romanian Rhapsody that lifted me and with its energy and folk-based gypsy themes would have been an ideal introduction to classical music for the one to 10-year-olds attending the rehearsal session.

The BPO season at the Dome ends on Sunday March 26 (2.45pm) when conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth returns to take up the baton as Martin Roscoe plays Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor sandwiched between Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Scriabin’s Symphony No.2.”


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