November 2017 concert - Audience member, letter to Saffron Walden Reporter
Last Sunday, I was very proud to be a resident of Saffron Walden. Not because of the size of our Christmas trees or the brand new re-surfaced George Street, but because of our very own superb Symphony Orchestra. Instead of shivering at home, I sat cosily in comfort in Saffron Hall, soaking up over two hours of the finest music. There was a soloist who usually straddles the grandest stages in Europe, and then a performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd symphony that could match anything on Classic FM ....
June 2016 concert - Jerome Sadler, chairman of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra - Full review here
"I was so impressed by the SWSO’s performance under the calm and authoritative leadership of Richard Hull. The orchestra was well prepared, had mastered the complexities of Martinů’s score, and executed excellently. Regular attendees of CRSO concerts will know that we love to programme new and unusual works ... it was thrilling to be part of a performance of such a rarely-played work. I wonder what the SWSO’s audience thought of the experience. My sense was that the work had made a powerful impression in the hall. Perhaps the audience felt the same as Michael Crump whose reaction to a performance of the Third Symphony ends this blog post:
“I felt disinclined to linger and talk to anyone afterwards…unwilling to dissipate the strong yet mixed emotions aroused by this magnificent work. I find it rare to leave a concert hall in this disturbed, agitated, yet pleasurably melancholic frame of mind, but I’m sure I was not alone that night. The reaction left me once again convinced that Martinů’s Third Symphony is one of the towering symphonic statements of the twentieth century, a work whose communicative power transcends the particular time and circumstances from which it arose.”"
February 2016 concert - Audience feedback
"My first encounter today with SWSO, and a splendid afternoon of film music, with good introductions to the pieces from conductor Richard Hull. Took me back many years to the last time I attended a concert of Film Music while on holiday in Bournemouth. The orchestra on that occasion was the Bournemouth Sinfonia, and their guest conductor was the great Ron Goodwin! I enjoyed this afternoon every bit as much as that earlier concert! Thanks to all concerned!!"
February 2015 concert - Audience feedback
"I had the pleasure of attending your music from the movies concert yesterday and I must say I was utterly blown away by it. It was my first experience of live classical music and one I will not forget in a hurry. I have already booked for both the April 18th and June 27thperformances and simply cannot wait. I am also a big fan of film and thought your choices were fantastic. I hope you will do another film based performance soon as I would love to hear live renditions of ‘Fargo’; The Untouchables’; Miller’s Crossing and so many more! Many thanks for a terrific afternoon".
October 2014 family concert - James Mayhew
"...it was a terrific occasion with lots of children dressed up as princesses and fairy tale characters. Richard Hull conducted with drama and tenderness, expansive in the sea episodes. And Sarah on the solo violin made a splendid Scheherazade. My thanks to them and the entire orchestra – and indeed to Jo Burch, festival director, for supporting such a great project".