From Barry Clark, audience member at our concert on 29 October 2019 via Twitter: “A big thanks to all for last night’s concert at St.John’s Smith Sq. Loved both pieces, but we were really there for the Bax. Such a rarity to hear his music live. Philip Ellis’s obvious love & relish for the music was plainly evident in the playing.Memorable, & moving.”
Look for the Salomon connections in this lovely clip from the 2019 Proms. (Clue: one is right at the end!)
“I wish to pass on my congratulations to conductor and orchestra for a superb night of music at St. John’s, Smith Square last Tuesday. The Alpine Symphony is a piece of music I have known and loved for a great many years. I have heard this demanding piece of music performed many times, including famous Straussian masters such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, and I have to say that your performance was among the most enjoyable I have ever experienced. Keep up the great work.” Thanks to audience member Jim Johnston for a lovely email about our concert in October 2018.
“Never an ensemble to shirk a challenge, the Salomon Orchestra’s current season continued tonight with what, aesthetically, was an almost perfectly balanced programme”: Thank you to Richard Whitehouse for a kind and candid review of the opening concert of our 2017-8 season, which you can read more about here.
Via Twitter: “Thank you @SalomonOrch @HeskethMusic @tarapersaud for inspired concert. My new ambition is to become an amateur musician- much more fun!” Guy Johnston after performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto on 14th October 2014 as a soloist, with his father and sister both in the orchestra. The concert also included Suk’s dramatic Asrael Symphony: “the Asrael Symphony spoke to me from the first violins, from each hopeful passage produced from Tara Persaud’s bow in her dramatic solos… I echoed with them, I’ll evolve as they told me to. Thanks for all that magic, Josef Suk and Salomon Orchestra!”. Read more about this concert as reviewed by Luis Masutier here.
“The Salomon Orchestra is one of London’s best non-professional orchestras and they can often go where others fear to tread … [On Panufnik’s Sinfonia Sacra] The orchestra responded magnificently, and under Newton’s persuasive direction really brought the work to life, filling its symbolic structures with heart and emotion.” Robert Hugill’s review of Salomon Orchestra, 25 June 2014.
“..the impressive choral forces and the two excellent soloists were often no match for the orchestra. The Salomon Orchestra was in fine form, with brass, strings and percussion effectively painting the seascape.” Michael Gray’s review of Salomon Orchestra with Waltham Singers, Chelmsford, 16 November 2013.
“The concert showed the Salomon Orchestra at the top of its form … I look forward to further concerts in the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season.” Robert Hugill on Salomon Orchestra, St John’s Smith Square, February 2013.