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Press comments about the English Concert Orchestra and Roy Wales as a Conductor

ENGLISH CONCERT ORCHESTRA – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

“On July 5th the English Concert Orchestra conducted by Roy Wales brought Mozart’s  Symphony No. 38 (Prague) to the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Within the narrow confines of these wood and concrete walls, they brought out in a masterly fashion all the excitement of the work.”
Daily Telegraph                                                

CARMINA BURANA – Orff.  Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

“No doubt ‘Carmina Burana’ does everything its critics say about it – but given a performance as uninhibited and riproaring as the London Chorale’s and the English Concert Orchestra under Roy Wales, it can still make the listener feel that he is intermittently grasping a high tension cable.  Much of the zest and high spirits of the performance could be attributed to the conductor Roy Wales for whom it is clearly a favourite work”
N.K. Daily Telegraph 1.7.77

ENGLISH CONCERT ORCHESTRA – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

“The English Concert Orchestra under Roy Wales commenced the concert with a most delicately tuned ‘Fingal’s Cave Overture’, its tunes in woodwind octave sounding deep and plangent.”
Financial Times

BRAHMS REQUIEM – Town Hall Birmingham

“Roy Wales is an experienced conductor and he led the English Concert Orchestra in a performance that crowned the 20th Anniversary of the English Concert Singers and Chorus.  There was tenderness and sensitivity from players and singers in the work’s many quiet passages but no shortage of power when it erupted in the rousing section which proclaimed that ‘all flesh is grass’.”
Birmingham Post

Première of Phyllis Tate’s ‘All the World’s a Stage’.

‘In its concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the English Concert Orchestra gave the first performance of Phyllis Tate’s ‘All the World’s a Stage’ and showed that a powerful and moving work had been added to the repertoire…..The English Concert Orchestra contributed in no small part to the dream-like quality.
Hampstead and Highgate Express

ADRIAN BOULT HALL, BIRMINGHAM

“The orchestra gave a splendid account of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’.  Wales drove the piece with vitality and just the right measure of gaity.  The precision and detail evident in the orchestra’s playing added to a warm hearted performance.”
Birmingham Post

MOZART – Hampstead Arts Festival

“Roy Wales directed with real skill and he is without doubt a highly sensitive and stimulating musician.”                                                                                                     Hampstead and Highgate Express

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

“What was unusual was the boldness of style brought by guest conductor Roy Wales.  He had themes cast in a clearer light, rhythms made more propulsive and shapes strengthened and simplified.”
Financial Times

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – University of Warwick

“These days the orchestra is capable of producing lustrous sounds over a wide dynamic range.  In Gerald Finzi’s ‘Dies Natalis’ David Johnston squeezed every last drop of poetry from this work of gentle pastoral beauty.  Roy Wales’ measured treatment of the luxuriant accompaniment ensured a blend of words and music that captured the piece’s childlike innocence….. Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’ were busting with colour and vitality and Roy Wales fully exploited the personality of Elgar’s sketches.  To open the concert, Rossini’s ‘Thieving Magpie’ overture was an example of how thrilling a fine symphony orchestra can sound at full throttle.”

Coventry Evening Telegraph

Bernstein’s MASS – A Theatre Piece (UK première).  Royal Albert Hall, London

“The playing of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was bold and vigorous; and so too was the singing of the London Chorale and the excellent Southend Boys Choir.  Roy Wales had clearly trained his forces exceptionally well.”
The Financial Times

LONDON MOZART PLAYERS

“The orchestra got off to a fizzing start with an account of the ‘Marriage of Figaro Overture’.  In Mozart’s ‘Fourth Horn Concerto’ Mr. Wales accompanied sympathetically and in the ‘40th Symphony’ conducted with style, precision, rhythm and a good sense of charm.”
Evening Echo

BOURNEMOUTH SINFONIETTA  – Bournemouth International Festival

“Dr. Wales got well proportioned playing from the orchestra in ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ with an exquisite romanze and a vital, fleet-footed finale.”
Bournemouth Evening Echo

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“Last night we heard string playing of real distinction, especially from the first violins who displayed a really glowing tone.  Elgar’s ‘Introduction and Allegro for Strings’ was beautifully shaped by Roy Wales, with class playing and fine contributions from the four principals.  Even move lovely playing came in the ‘First Peer Gynt Suite’ of Grieg which I have never enjoyed so much before.  Mr. Wales made the first two movements glow – the last two really hummed along.”
Daily Mail

PHILOMUSICA – Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea

“On Sunday Roy Wales conducted the Philomusica of London in a performance of Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings’.  It was one of the finest performances I have ever heard and had exactly the right wistful quality.  Here Mr. Wales drew playing of the utmost romantic fervour from the 15 string players.  The climax of the central slow movement was beautifully brought off.”
Evening Echo

HUGH THE DROVER – Vaughan Williams

“The Camden Opera Group was formed only two years ago by Roy Wales, an enterprising and very effective conductor.  He got some fine playing out of his young orchestra and some excellent singing from his principals and chorus.”
The Stage

DIE FLUT (The Tide) –Boris Blacher

“It was Roy Wales’ command and authority that I admired and he won an excellent response from his singers and players.  Mr. Wales is the important one in all this.  We are too short of conductors not to welcome eagerly a man who has the right stuff in him.”
What’s On in London

GHANA NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Accra

“Roy Wales was inspirational in front of the orchestra and the accompanying choirs”
Daily Graphic, Accra