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Reviews

  • STEVEN OSBORNE PIANO / ALBAN GERHARDT CELLO

    Friday 06 March 2015

    7:30PM

    There's an undoubted magical feeling when this seemingly unassuming man picks up a cello. The cello Gerhardt cradled in his arms was more than 350 years old, but I doubt any previous user has ever played it so quietly. Sure, there were moments of barking brutality, but it was the lingering, dying away notes that were so awesome.
    Debussy's Sonata in D Minor for cello and piano was a dreamy, languid opener and Osborne matched the mood perfectly.
    The huge dramatic contrast of Schnittke's infrequently heard Cello Sonata no 1, with its rapid, frenetic major and minor shifts, served almost to highlight the tranquility of Debussy but more fireworks, in Messiaen's Louange a l'eternite de Jesu, allegedly composed in a wash house in 1940, showed how Gerhardt seems to explore the soul of cello.
    Two sonatas from Beethoven's later years rounded off a superb evening. Naturally, Beethoven, no longer the performing genius of his earlier years, saw the piano as more than an accompanying vehicle and these two cello sonatas, Opus 102 No 1 in C and the last, No 2 in D Major, enabled Osborne to demonstrate what a polished performer he has become.
    He has an incredible way of easing out a melody where, almost, none exists. It is as though he is seeking always to find a new nuance, a different emphasis. That he succeeds is his gift; and ours to enjoy.

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  • KATHRYN TICKELL AND THE SIDE

    Saturday 14 February 2015

    7:30PM

    An excellent informal evening brilliantly led by Kathyrn. 4 very talented ladies whose joy in performing was infectious - pure pleasure.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

    Saturday 31 January 2015

    7:30PM

    What a wonderful OAE concert on Saturday evening! Fabulous playing and some delightful repertoire. That Myslivecek Octet was a real discovery for me - absolutely incredible natural horn parts! But as ever, brilliantly well played by the OAE. The Don Giovanni snippets were also effective and witty arrangements. All made a great foil for the Gran Partita, and such fun! Another great evening, and as the Spring Summer series unfolds there is so much more to look forward to! Brilliant!

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    I thought the whole thing was such a warm, life-affirming, talent-filled event - and a magnificent antidote to the commercialised privatised dog-eat-dog world that we increasingly live in.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    'This is definitely a local festival for local people. There is plenty to enjoy wherever you hail from, but part of what makes it special is that many of those attending are bound to know at least somebody on the bill.' Wiltshire Times on Bradford Roots Festival 2015

    more: http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/11734449.Bradford_Roots_festival_is_a_big_hit_with_fans_and_performers/

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    Watched some amazing performers, sang with Wiltshire Wailers and enjoyed the sausage and mash! Wonderful weekend.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    A fantastic weekend of music for the third year in a row! thanks to all involved!

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    I came last year and was so impressed with the Festival, my weekend was cleared for this year once the date was confirmed.
    Another throughly enjoyable weekend spent listening, laughing and participating ( audience) with a wide range of very talented musicians regardless of age!!
    The hard work involved in order to organise this event is also very much appreciated.
    Thank you - see you in 2016!.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    Great festival for all ages. Refreshing, talented young musicians thrilled us all.
    Thank you Chris and Lisa and the WMC.
    Looking forward to the 4th Bradford Roots already!

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRADFORD ROOTS FEST - WEEKEND PASSES

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    11:00AM

    A great little festival which deserves to grow (a little) and be supported (a lot). Nice venue. Thanks for a really great week-end - some fantastic, wide-ranging music & great performances.

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    Average rating: 5

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