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Dazzling saxophone, fireworks, and a bull on the roof

Royal Northern Sinfonia Review Sunday January 20th 2019 There was a hardly a seat in the house when the Royal Northern Sinfonia visited Kendal on Sunday afternoon, January 20. Perhaps the idea of an afternoon concert was appealing in itself; but then it may have been the magnetic personality of solo saxophonist, Jess Gillam, who […]

High Praise for the Lakeland Sinfonia

Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Review Saturday 15 December  The Lakeland Sinfonia presented the society’s annual Christmas concert in the Westmorland Hall on Saturday 15 December. The centrepiece of the programme was Beethoven’s mighty fifth piano concerto, the Emperor, with the Welsh pianist Llyr Williams as soloist. Following a long tradition, the rest of the programme was […]

Bullfight at Westmorland Hall

The Northern Sinfonia’s “Spanish” evening did not disappoint.  An imaginative programme performed with the orchestra’s habitual delicacy and sense of fun, left a packed Westmorland Hall more than satisfied. Rising star Ben Gernon, making his debut as guest conductor with the Northern this season, seems to have already established the rapport with the players which […]

A spine-chilling triumph for the Halle

Halle Orchestra Review Kendal Leisure Centre, Saturday October 20 The Halle Orchestra gave the second concert in the Lakeland Sinfonia’s 2018/19 series. The programme opened with conductor, Andrew Manze’s arrangement for brass and woodwind of Purcell’s short Fantasia on one note, written originally for a consort of viols. Manze’s transcription worked remarkably well with the […]

RNS Italian evening

The Royal Northern Sinfonia opened the Lakeland Sinfonia’s 43rd season of concerts in the Westmorland Hall on Saturday 29 September in splendid style. The concert had an Italian theme: although not all the composers represented in the programme were native Italians, all the music had some connection with Italy. Thus, Austrian Schubert’s Overture ‘in the […]

Audience review: BBC Philharmonic 28th April 2018

5 Star A truly excellent concert. As good as any would hear in most major cities and better than most.

A triumphant ending

The Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society’s season ended triumphantly with the BBC Philharmonic, under the direction of Duncan Ward, presenting a programme of music, which although composed within a brief period of 50 years, was hugely varied in idiom and emotional impact. It enabled the orchestra to display, for our delight and wonderment, its formidable array […]

An all-Beethoven affair

The Royal Northern Sinfonia’s programme for the Lakeland Sinfonia’s most recent concert was an all-Beethoven affair: The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, the 4th Piano Concerto and the 4th Symphony. The director and pianist was Lars Vogt, the Sinfonia’s Music Director. During the pre-concert talk, throughout which ideas were floated relating to Beethoven – the man […]

Refined musicianship was at the helm throughout

As the prolonged final applause at the Hallé’s recent concert at the Westmorland Hall faded, a gentleman rose to his feet, stretched luxuriously, turned to his neighbour and expressed the opinion held by everybody in the Hall at that moment: ‘Magnificent!’ Three composers had been represented: Grieg, Richard Strauss and Sibelius, each knowing how to […]

Piano concerto is tour de force for soloist and orchestra

When I reviewed the previous concert given by the Lakeland Sinfonia I gave the gist of overheard remarks of many at the concert: ‘That was the best playing I’ve heard from this orchestra’. Happily, the quality of performance at its most recent concert confirmed those opinions. Under the direction of New Zealander, Michael Joel and […]