‘The Leeds Philharmonic Society is the senior choir in the city by date of foundation and by virtue of its continued and very distinguished programme sustained annually since 1870.’

Simon Lindley

Airedale Symphony Orchestra with The Phil 2018

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Sunday 21st October 2018: A richly varied programme marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and the Airedale Symphony Orchestra’s own 120th anniversary. ASO conductor John Anderson opened with Sir Edward Elgar’s swaggering Cockaigne Overture ‘In London Town’. Subtle orchestral colours were illuminated in the final bars by the glorious sonorities of the

The Damnation of Faust 2018, Yorkshire Post

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12th May 2018: For their annual joint presentation, the Leeds Festival and Philharmonic Choruses had made the brave decision to perform Berlioz’s operatic oratorio, Le damnation de Faust, a work that in recent times has slipped from the concert repertoire. It’s a story of Faust falling in love with Marguerite, who

The Damnation of Faust 2018, T&A

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12th May 2018: Berlioz’ description of his vast ‘Dramatic Legend’ based on Faust’s pact with the devil (Mephistopheles) as ‘an opera without decor or costume’ is curiously apt when taken in the context of his works specifically written for the opera house. This revolutionary composer never surpassed the kaleidoscopic colours or

The Damnation of Faust 2018, The Review Hub

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12th May 2018: Opera North is reputed for their variety of operas and other works which are hosted season after season. Their orchestra and choirs, however, are a success in their own right and are regular features in the Leeds International Concert Seasons. On this occasion Orchestra of Opera North plays

Bruckner Orchestra Linz & Markus Poschner, The Scotsman

Press review Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 29th April 2018: With a piece as epic and emotionally overwhelming as Mahler’s Second Symphony, everyone has their own expectations as to how it should go. That was clear from the huge audience for the Bruckner Orchestra Linz’s performance – and with a visiting orchestra immersed in Austrian culture, expectations were high.

Bruckner Orchester Linz – Four stars

Press review Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 29th April 2018: Having recently taken up the post as Chief Conductor, Markus Poschner directed the Bruckner Orchester Linz in an invigorating performance of Mahler’s sensational second symphony, Resurrection, at the Usher Hall on Sunday afternoon. Opening with a rustic, golden hued timbre, the orchestra gave an animated interpretation of the work.

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