Patron: HRH Princess Michael of Kent
President: Lady Solti

Reviews: Orion Orchestra

Orion Orchestra / Elgar In the South, Vaughan Williams, Elkington, Howell

“The real star of the evening was Toby Purser, who directed the whole show with a mastery and understanding of the music. His careful preparation of the orchestra, and his interpretations, were eagerly welcomed by a very enthusiastic audience.”
Bob Briggs, Seen and Heard International

Orion Orchestra / Shostakovich Symphony No.9, Britten, Tippett, Vaughan Williams

“If you want to learn the secret of classical music’s perennial good health, look no further. The programme was stunning...the sound had at times a burnished perfection.... The way Purser and his players negotiated the sinister muted waltz in the second movement [of Shostakovich Symphony No.9], and the grotesquerie of the last, was masterly.”
Michael Church, The Independent

“[Orion]...played with enormous ebullience and abandon...This intense and energetic performance [of Shostakovich Symphony No. 9] was a welcome outing for this under-rated and seldom-performed work, ending a hugely enjoyable evening of contrasting moods.”
Simon Thomas, Music OMH

Orion Orchestra / Brahms Symphony No.2, Wagner, Strauss, Reger

“Toby Purser led his equally young musicians assuredly through the potential minefield of this mainly Romantic music. The Tristan Prelude had an apposite yearning quality to it but there was also a youthful eagerness to press on with the chromatic melodies.”
Jim Prichard, MusicWeb International

Orion Orchestra / Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Smith, Purcelll

“The concert included Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, in which Purser coaxed a most touching pianissimo from the orchestra, and Vaughan Williams’ great Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, in which Purser aimed, and succeeded, in giving us ‘a glimpse of something of eternal beauty’.”
Penelope Cave, British Harpsichord Society

“[Purser] ...raised the performance to the level of the truly ethereal…an incredible performance.”
Sam Smith, Music OMH


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