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‘Two jewels of the local music scene’: Plymouth Philharmonic Choir with the Orchestra of the Band of HM Royal Marines

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir with the Orchestra of the Band of HM Royal Marines.
Sunday March 18 at 7.30pm in Plymouth Guildhall

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brings its Cello Eulogy Concert to Exeter and Plymouth

Wednesday 21 & Friday 23 February 2018
Exeter University Great Hall, and Plymouth Guildhall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Christoph König, will perform ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ at Exeter University Great Hall, and Plymouth Guildhall on Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 February 2018 respectively, both performances starting at 7.30pm. Christoph König is a conductor of deep intelligence and musicality who is widely admired for his sensitivity, clarity and elegant interpretations.

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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir superb in bringing Monteverdi’s Vespers to life

Plymouth Philharmonic Choir – Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
Plymouth Guildhall

Monteverdi’s Vespers was written over a hundred years earlier than some of the other big guns in Baroque choral repertoire, like Handel’s Messiah, or Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Yet performances only started happening during the 1930s, spurred on by the post-war interest in early music.

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PSO create musical fireworks and Alexander Ullman shows the panache of his immense pianist power at Plymouth Guildhall (review)

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Ullman (piano)
Plymouth Guildhall

If Saint Cecilia – patron saint of music and musicians – was up there watching a live streaming of Plymouth Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) latest concert, which took place appropriately enough on her annual saint’s feast day, I’m sure she would have been really delighted with what she saw, and heard.

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Plymouth Philharmonic Choir perform Monteverdi’s Vespers

Sunday November 26 in Plymouth Guildhall at 7.30pm

Monteverdi’s Vespers has been described as a ‘towering masterpiece’. It is intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual – a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets.

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Outstanding Plymouth Symphony Orchestra inspire with music from the movies

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra has featured music from the movies at previous concerts. But it’s never sounded like this before.

There had been but few changes of personnel among the ranks and, as ever, conductor Anne Kimber gave her absolute all throughout.

But while a conductor can infuse music with an individual interpretation, they still need someone to communicate this to the players in more practical terms.

In Cath Smith the orchestra has now got a superb leader who not only looks after technical issues, but brings such a sense of vigour, enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment to her role, and which immediately inspires the orchestra as a whole.

This was so evident not only in the strings’ gloriously-rich rendition of Born Free, or the precision and excitement in the jagged, percussive rhythms of Pirates of the Caribbean, but also in the way it encouraged such fine woodwind solo playing on the night, and gave real confidence to the horn section, who often can appear so very exposed in this kind of writing.

Through the auspices of Plymouth Music Accord there were many young people present, who could only have been truly motivated by what they were hearing – and hopefully might even come again.

As for the rest of the large audience, two separate standing ovations said it all – a quite outstanding performance from the city’s only symphony orchestra.

PHILIP R BUTTALL

Welcome return of the abundant talents of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Guihen Queyras at Plymouth Guidhall

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra marked its long-overdue return to the Guildhall with a delightful mix of classical and neo-classical works, under the inspired direction of Frank Zielhorst.

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Stars emerge: Plymouth Symphony Orchestra with Michael Petrov at Plymouth Guildhall

Most orchestral programmes include a concerto, which not only gives the players an opportunity to perform alongside some of the top names, but also can make programmes considerably more attractive in helping to fill a venue.

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