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NEWS & GALLERY

★★★★

“Given that the players only came together a month ago, the performances were miraculously good. The sound was fiercely honed and full of the abrupt passion that youth orchestras have, which comes from throwing caution to the wind. [...] In all it was a wonderful debut - let’s hope we hear more from the orchestra in the coming years.”

The Daily Telegraph (Ivan Hewett) 26 September 2019

 

★★★★

“Fierce intensity at tour’s grand finale [...] the package still brought something special, and something uniquely English, to this bridge-building cultural jamboree”

The Times (Geoff Brown) 26 September 2019

 

“The message this orchestra sends - celebrating a friendship and artistic dialogue which flourished in the face of the new cold war, and bringing a host of young people from different countries together to create a beautiful sound - is surely a good thing, and one of which we should all be proud.”

The Arts Desk (Miranda Heggie) 19 September 2019

 

“The Britten Shostakovitch Festival Orchestra is a shining ray of hope, bringing together some of the best offerings of both nations, both in terms of their respective great composers and emerging young talent.”

Number 9 Reviews (John Waterhouse) 22 September 2019

 

★★★★★

“To get such an accomplished band up and running so quickly is a real achievement and shows the energy and vitality that is the international music scene today.”

Edinburgh49 (Charles Stokes) 23 September 2019

 

“It had become obvious that we were hearing some very fine musicians who will surely form the next generation of British and Russian orchestras. [...] one would hope that this enterprising project will continue in seasons to come. A particular mention must go to the originator and conductor of the orchestra – Jan Latham-Koenig. His conducting was masterly throughout this enjoyable afternoon.”

Seen and Heard International (Gregor Tassie) 24 September 2019

 

“It was Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with Jennifer Pike as the eloquent soloist that left the most favourable impression – orchestra and violinist perfectly balanced in a magical rendering that combined impeccable technique with poetic sensitivity.”

Classical Source (David Truslove) 25 September 2019

 

“The players brought superb focus to their tone, and vibrancy too, and the Britten was full of strong, tight rhythms and vivid colours. Latham-Koenig took a highly active view of this music, intense, very dynamic and rather driven.”

Planet Hugill (Robert Hugill) 26 September 2019


“When I spoke with Jan Latham-Koenig about this orchestra some time ago, one word that cropped up again and again was ‘excellence’. That was the clear goal; a goal that has, beyond doubt, been achieved. A triumph from every angle.”

Seen & Heard International (Colin Clarke) 27 September 2019


“Playing throughout amongst the strings was fierce – responsive dynamics, impressive attack and, at times, a sumptuous rich sound when the score demanded.”

Thoroughly Good Classical Music Blog (Jon Jacob) ​27 September 2019

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the London concert on Thoroughly Good Classical Music Blog, written by Jon Jacob – read online here.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the London concert in Seen and Heard International, written by Colin Clarke – read online here.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019

★★★★ review of the London concert in The Times, written by Geoff Brown - read online here.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019

★★★★ review of the London concert in the Telegraph, written by Ivan Hewett – read online here.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the London concert in Planet Hugill, written by Robert Hugill – read online here.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the London concert in Bachtrack, written by Mark Pullinger – read online here.

TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the Basingstoke concert in Classical Source, written by David Truslove - read online here.

MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the Leeds concert in the Wharfedale Observer, written by Geoffrey Mogridge – read online here.

MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2019

★★★★★ review of the Edinburgh concert in Edinburgh49, written by Charles Stokes – read online here.

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019

A review of the Manchester concert in Number 9 Reviews, written by John Waterhouse – read online here.

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

A preview for the Manchester concert on the RNCM blog, written by Abigail Davies and Elizabeth Lister - read online here.

 

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

A preview for the London concert in Camden New Journal, written by Michael White - read online here.

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

★★★★★ in Reviewsgate (Nottingham), written by William Ruff - read online here.

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

A featured listing for the tour in the Observer, written by Fiona Maddocks – read it here.

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

A listing of our London concert in Culture Whisper, where it tops a Year of Music listing, written by Claudia Pritchard – read online here.

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Listings for the Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds concerts in The Guardian Guide – read it here.

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2019

An interview with Jan Latham-Koenig in the Basingstoke Gazette, written by Tim Birkbeck – read it here.

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

An interview with Jan Latham-Koenig in the Birmingham Post, written by Chris Morley – read it here.

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Meet the Artist with Pavel Koiesnikov, mentioning the UK Tour – read online here.

 

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

A tour listing in Russian Art and Culture – read online here.

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Rebels with a cause: the friendship of Britten and Shostakovich. Read about it in The Guardian here.

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

More coverage in the Morning Star here.

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Watch coverage of the BSFO in Sochi on prime time Russian TV here.

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2019

A preview of the Birmingham concert in Midlands Music Reviews, written by Christopher Morley – read online here.

 

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2019

A new student orchestra crosses what was once the iron curtain. Read about it here.

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2019

More coverage in Classical Music Magazine here.

WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST 2019

Read about the BSFO in The Big Issue here.

MONDAY 12 AUGUST 2019

BSFO is covered in International Arts Manager here.

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2019

Freddie Fox joins forces with the new Britten-Shostakovich

Orchestra, making its London debut, with poetry and lines from

Shakespeare. Read about it in Culture Whisper here and here.

TUESDAY 30 JULY 2019

Read about the BSFO in Infoscope here.

SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

Jan Latham Koenig on founding the BSFO: planethugill.com

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY 2019

See our coverage on Russian NTV here: https://yadi.sk/i/a_oMC5KYU6a5-Q

MONDAY 22 JULY 2019

Russian speakers, please click below to listen to Artistic Director Jan Latham-Keonig talk about the BSFO:

https://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/347590/

SUNDAY 21 JULY 2019

Read Planet Hugill online here.

 

FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019

Click here to download our press release.


 

BRITTEN-SHOSTAKOVICH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA  

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JAN LATHAM-KOENIG