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  • MELVYN TAN PIANO

    Wednesday 29 April 2015

    7:30PM

    Melvyn Tan has been at the top of his game for a long time – and this concert showed you how. He was technically impressive showing prodigious virtuosity combined with wonderful musicality. Just as important was his immediate rapport with the audience with his disarming smile, humour and self-effacing manner. He was keen to talk to the audience when standing or seated (even without an essential microphone) and would end pieces with an inclusive big smile that seemed to say ‘we all enjoyed that, didn’t we’?
    The concert itself was very unusual. There were a handful of virtuoso pieces from Chopin and Liszt, that he played with aplomb, and two sessions of specially commissioned pieces by ‘living composers’, each about 2 minutes long and as varied as you could wish for.

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  • BRITTEN SINFONIA / BARBARA HANNIGAN SOPRANO

    Friday 01 May 2015

    7:30PM

    What a terrific concert and the pre-performance talk!

    It is such a treat to have such wonderful programming and performances so close to home; many congratulations for making this happen.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • BRITTEN SINFONIA / BARBARA HANNIGAN SOPRANO

    Friday 01 May 2015

    7:30PM

    Thank you so much for making the A level music students so welcomed on Friday evening. You certainly know how to encourage the concert goers of tomorrow!

    Thank you
    Music Teacher, St Augustine's College

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    Average rating: 5

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  • MELVYN TAN PIANO

    Wednesday 29 April 2015

    7:30PM

    I really enjoyed both the masterclass and evening concert. The modesty and encouraging style of Tan’s masterclass gave his virtuoso performance in the evening even more appeal as you could not help but warm to his open, humorous and exuberant personality. I thought him the ideal masterclass deliverer as he managed to put the performers at their ease with his genuine encouragement and yet subtly tease the best out of them. I loved the concert in the evening, too as he continued to engage the audience through his technical prowess and beautiful warm tone and interpretation. It was also good to meet your new artistic director who was welcoming and personable.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • WILTSHIRE & SWINDON YOUTH ORCHESTRA / JI LIU PIANO

    Friday 03 April 2015

    7:30PM

    A wonderful concert performed by very talented young musicians and the fantastic Ji Liu.

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    Average rating: 5

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  • 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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  • 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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