Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

With a programme like Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra could do nothing but start their concert season with a triple forte bang. I should begin with a disclaimer that I perhaps don’t write from the usual perspective of a casual BSO concert-goer, having been connected with the orchestra in varying forms as a spectator, concert steward and President of Exeter Uni Symphony Orchestra for many years now. I always find it interesting seeing the different people that rock up to the BSO concerts: the regulars who have been coming religiously since The Great Hall was built (as one man informed me when I offered to help him find his seat), the well-dressed families having a civilised evening out, the young couples on a classy concert date. This Thursday, the crowds were out in full for the BSO’s return to Exeter with this spectacular programme. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

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

Review: BSO ‘Triumph & Passion’ @ The Great Hall

The ritual is by now familiar to me. I took my seat a few rows back from the front, settled in and took down the names of some players. The hall, smelling faintly of gravy, gradually filled with an eager audience, and the orchestra tuned their instruments with ears fixed on the most minute discrepancies of tone above the murmur of the crowd fumbling to … Continue reading Review: BSO ‘Triumph & Passion’ @ The Great Hall

Gig Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at the Great Hall

Monday 17th March saw the wonderful Bombay Bicycle Club stop off here in Exeter on their current tour. The Great Hall is probably not the most exciting venue the London based Indie four-piece have played, but it served its purpose and was a very pleasant surprise for keen fans (such as myself) here at the Uni.   The evening was sold out and the crowd’s energy … Continue reading Gig Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at the Great Hall