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Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

For one evening (and one evening only) those present at Exeter Great Hall were transported to cold, 19th century St Petersburg and Moscow; an invited state of Tsardom overseen by the remarkable talents of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. With works by three of the biggest names of Russian Romantic music, the Orchestra gave a resounding, and even at times rousing, conclusion to the first instalment of performances at the Great Hall as part of their 2018-19 season. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Russian Winter

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Review: Isaac Gracie @ Exeter Phoenix

Gracie has the ‘last words’ on love. I stood at the bar, beer in hand, amongst the bundle of young people all raring to see the London native swoon his way onto the stage. The fans weren’t rowdy, nor were they uncontrollable. They simply sipped their drinks, with the clinking of glasses and a lingering sense of anticipation in the air. Not one of wondering … Continue reading Review: Isaac Gracie @ Exeter Phoenix

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Preview: BSO’s Russian Winter

The Bournemouth Symphony orchestra will soon once again grace Exeter Great Hall with its abilities, bringing a seasonal selection to the stage. As the title suggests, the evening of the 6th will consist of three works that deal with the not-so-mild temperament of a ‘Russian Winter’, in what is sure to be a resounding conclusion to the first term’s worth of the orchestra’s 2018-19 season. Conducting the evening will be Antonio Méndez, Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and evidently an expert in his field. He is highly-sought after, and the fact that he is once again returning to work with the BSO is testament to both his and the orchestra’s stature in the classical music world. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Russian Winter

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Interview with BSO’s Marta Gardolińska

Ben Britton: Congratulations on becoming the BSO’s Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association. Could you tell our readers a bit about what the role entails?

Marta Gardolińska: It is a kind of assisting position, but a bit more than that, because it means I have three main responsibilities. One is covering for all the conductors, which means whenever they get sick, whenever they don’t catch a plane, I am there and I have to take over either the rehearsal or concert. The second thing is working with the Participation Department, which organises school concerts and the BSO Resound Concerts, a lot of outreach work. So, I am usually the person who goes to conduct the bigger concerts of these programmes. And I have a series of concerts with the actual BSO throughout the season; one of them is tonight.
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Review: BSO’s Smooth Classics Vol. 2

On Wednesday, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought to Exeter a different form of concert to the standard set-up. As the conductor, Marta Gardolińska, explained to me in my pre-concert interview for RAZZ, it was a night designed to attract those less familiar with classical music with a variety of musical delights. Rather than one or two shorter pieces, an interval, and then a symphony (as is typically done in contemporary concerts), the evening consisted of a tremendous sequence of pieces by a whole range of composers. The title of the evening was ‘Smooth Classics, Vol. 2’ with pieces chosen for their relaxing temperament. This being said, there was a multitude of emotions amongst the pieces of music, which the BSO asserted clearly in their performance. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Smooth Classics Vol. 2

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Preview: BSO’s Smooth Classics II

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns once again to Exeter Great Hall on Wednesday, with the exciting second volume of the ‘Smooth Classics’ branch of their main season. Presenting well-known pieces, including several individual movements from piano concertos, the evening promises to be both diverting and soothing. Conducting the pieces, in her Exeter debut, is Marta Gardolińska, the new BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, whose last-minute stand-in last month at Poole was received with resounding praise. RAZZ has been lucky enough to secure a forthcoming interview with Ms Gardolińska, to discuss her work and role, and this reviewer looks forward to both meeting her, and seeing her skill first-hand. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Smooth Classics II