Classical Reviews

BPO-Wagner's Dream

BPO – Wagner’s Dream – Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo soprano), Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

- 29 January 2024

This concert was a bit of a risk, with two avant-garde 20th century composers and...

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

BPO – A Christmas Carol – Paul Ryan (narrator), Joanna MacGregor (conductor/piano)

- 16 December 2023

I really loved this enchanting presentation of the Dickens classic last year, so would it...

BREMF-Fieri Consort-2023

BREMF – The Excellence of Women – Fieri Consort

- 16 October 2023

This concert was excellent in so many ways, not just in its title which evokes...


BREMF – A New Dawn – Ensemble Hesperi

- 14 October 2023

In this, the first Malcolm Rose Memorial Concert, BREMF was celebrating the memory of an...

Secret Byrd

BREMF – Secret Byrd – The Gesualdo Six & Fretwork

- 14 October 2023

A great deal was promised and perhaps even more expected of this immersive staged Mass...


BPO – Short Ride in a Fast Machine – Clark Rundell (conductor), Joanna MacGregor (piano)

- 9 October 2023

Wow! What a start to a season! John Adams vigorous fanfare, ‘Short Ride in a...

BREMF – New Horizons, Deborah Roberts (director)

- 8 October 2023

The Brighton Early Music Festival is an inclusive celebration of the many kinds of early...

BREMF – ‘To the Northern Star’ – Flauguissimo

- 11 September 2023

Perfect for a sultry Sunday afternoon, Swedish Baroque music introduced by Johan Löfving on the...

BREMF – Triumphant Days, Charming Nights

BREMF – ‘Triumphant Days, Charming Nights’

- 6 July 2023

The BREMF Community Choir have a reputation for enthusiasm, thorough rehearsals and discipline. They also...

BREMF Consort of Voices

BREMF – A Double Bill for Passiontide & Easter – BREMF Consort of Voices

- 3 April 2023

How does penitential music bring so much pleasure? With such magnificent works performed so well....


BPO – Towards the Light – Joanna MacGregor (conductor/piano), Ruth Rogers (violin), Peter Adams (cello)

- 27 March 2023

Completing a triumphant season of concerts, this programme began in serene mode with Samuel Barber’s...

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

BPO – New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala  – Stephen Bell (conductor), Ailish Tynan (soprano)

- 6 January 2023

A celebration not to be missed – unless, like me, you have a chest cough...