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Ruby

Joe Duddell caused quite a stir

and so should Ruby his

percussion concerto for Colin

Currie and the Bournemouth

Symphony Orchestra (More)

Robert Maycock, The Independent

 

Freaky Dancer

It has a minimal quality to it, but

it also has an incredible groove

(More)

Bill Kanengiser

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

 

Four (mere) Bagatelles

had a wonderful clarity and

assurance, expressed most

tellingly in the chords of the

third bagatelle, which reached

a positively serene

acquiescence

Rian Evans, The Guardian

 

Ode to English

Delicate and elegiac, furthest

removed from celebratory

indulgence, Duddell set Grace

Nichol’s Ode to English with

artful simplicity

Tom Service, The Guardian

 

Mnemonic

It’s elegantly crafted block-

structure with a constant

interplay of metre and rhythmic

pattern managed to intrigue the

ear in a way that imprints itself

quite firmly in the mind (More)

Rian Evans, The Guardian

 

Snowblind

Snowblind is a sharply focused

piece of writing in three

distinctive movements (More)

Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman

Duddell’s concerto, which is

being premiered on this tour is

a fabulous addition to a

percussion repertoire too long

on pyrotechnics and short on

quality (More)

Susan Nickalls, Edinburgh Evening

News

 

Elbow & the Hallé

***** (5 stars)

Earns the very rare honor of a

standing ovation after only the

first half (read more)

Dave Simson, The Guardian

 

Elbow and the Hallé

stretched and turned the

existing orchestrations into

spellbinding flights of fancy.

(read more)

Kat Dibbits, Bury Times

 

Elbow & the Hallé

***** (5 stars)

a night set to be instantly

etched in Mancunian folklore

(Read more)

Gideon Brody, Music OMH

 
 
 

New Order & ACO

**** (4 stars)

Glorious arrangements make

for a moving retrospective

(read more)

Andrew Street, The Guardian

 

New Order & ACO

A win for the band, orchestra

and audience. A rarity to be

celebrated (read more)

Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning

Herald

 

Nero & BBC Philharmonic

The result though was an

exhilarating listen. The

symphony soared and

brooded, building to a powerful

final section

Elizabeth Mahoney, The Guardian

 

James & Orchestra of the

Swan

**** (4 stars) 

On all these songs the band,

orchestra and choir dance in

perfect harmony. And when that

unity peaks with Sometimes the

prolonged standing ovation says

it all

Sarah Walters, Manchester City Life

 

Steve Mason & No. 6 Ensemble

As strings soar at the mental

disquiet of Mason’s Dr. Baker,

sunlight streams through the

windows behind him. William-Ellis

hoped his creation, Portmeirion,

would remind people how life can

be lived better with beauty. No. 6

honours that dream.

The Independent