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'Everything about this evening was inspirational and original' Jo Bayne, Wiltshire Times, on Sam Sweeney's Fiddle: Made In The Great War
'The pianist's inaugural gig of a year long artist-in-residence stint at the newly re-furbished Centre in Bradford-on-Avon brought a near capacity crowd out and they were thrilled by the fireworks it produced ... this was a reminder, if we needed it, of the world beating quality of the UK scene and a mouth watering start to the programme at the Wiltshire Music Centre.'
Mike Collins, Jazzwise Magazine on Jason Rebello / Empirical, Sept 2014
part of the Jason Rebello 2014-2015 Artist Residency
'A well-crafted programme centred around the superb musicianship and virtuosity of possibly Britain's finest period violinist, Rachel Podger ... brought a purity of sound enhanced by the crisp acoustic of the concert hall.' Reg Burnard, Gazzette & Herald
on Rachel Podger / Brecon Baroque Gala Concert, Sep 2014
'This well-constructed programme invoked Britten in other pieces, too. Violist Lawrence Power paid his tribute in Britten's Lachrymae, capturing perfectly its ghostly, sometimes manic, shadows, and imbuing the whole with tone-colours of exceptional artistry.'The Guardian, Academy St Martin in the Fields, May 2013
'It's a wonderfully intelligent compilation, all of it superbly performed by the BCMG instrumentalists. Quite rightly, it's Britten's own music that's the centre of attention; it's music that tries on various styles to see how well they fit, not only anticipating things to come, but also hinting at directions he chose subsequently not to follow.'
The Guardian, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Apr '13
'Some concerts tick all the boxes, stir the right emotions. This was one such. And, pleasingly, a packed audience showed appreciation in full measure: almost to the embarrassment of director and soloist who seemed visibly touched by prolonged applause.'
Reviews of the Centre
'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
'Bradford on Avon has its own Music Centre with a lovely programme including younger, upcoming quartets and groups. The centre is well supported and does great work in the local community.'
Dr J Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford speaking on Radio 3 Private Passions programme
John Williams on playing at Wiltshire Music Centre , April 2011
It was such a pleasure meeting you on Friday, and thank you for making us all feel so welcome. It's obvious from the players and Barbara [Hannigan] today that they had a great evening - what a special way to start the run. Once again, thank you so much and please do pass on our gratitude to the team.
Concerts Director, Britten Sinfonia
'I love playing at the Wiltshire Music Centre.'
Imogen Cooper CBE
'Very good space for small to medium size orchestras. We enjoy our visits here; warm and friendly staff and audience. Good numbers make us feel we are welcome!'
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
I wanted to write to thank you again for the extremely warm welcome you and your colleagues gave us on Sunday. I thought the concert went really well and the audience reaction at the end was extremely positive.
John Walker, English Touring Opera
' The music centre really is the jewel in Bradford's crown ... one of the best concert venues in the county without a shadow of a doubt.' Hugh A.
'This facility is a small, friendly, intimate venue with an excellently eclectic choice of performances by world class performers. The acoustics are excellent and the ticket prices are always fair and good value for money.' Tim Storey
'the sound was incredible, great seating with great views and very good access around the building ...' Jack A.
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