Stuart Reed | Concert review: 2019 spring concert

It’s difficult to hold back on the superlatives when reviewing Petersfield Orchestra. Their concerts are never a disappointment. And their performance and contribution to the Petersfield Musical Festival 2019 was certainly no exception.

Stuart Reed | Concert review: 2018 summer concert

Among the fifty seven players on stage there were lots top class performers… No wonder musicians from London, Hampshire and Sussex are virtually queueing up to perform with this happy, high-reputation ensemble.

Philip Young, Petersfield Musical Festival

The Petersfield Orchestra’s concert for this year’s Festival was the third with their new conductor, Mark Biggins, but his first at the Festival; and with the prospect of Rachmaninov’s mighty second symphony as the major work in the programme, the event was eagerly awaited and drew a capacity audience. They were not to be disappointed.

Petersfield Post, 2017 Petersfield Musical Festival

In the First Horn Concerto of Richard Strauss, soloist and orchestra were as one, helped by the talented Richard Stegall who combined sonorous projection with elegant musical articulations. The result was a genuine dialogue, and unexpectedly the orchestra sometimes was able to ring out subtly like a non-brassy fanfare.

Petersfield Post, 2016 autumn concert

The highlight of the Petersfield Orchestra’s concert on Thursday, under their guest conductor, Mark Biggins, was the stunning performance of Beethoven’s magnificent violin concerto.

Petersfield Post, 2014 Petersfield Musical Festival

The orchestra’s performance was full of energy and spontaneity. The outer movements were brisk, buoyant and dramatic…This was a joyous account of the work and brought a wonderful evening’s music making to a glorious close.

Petersfield Post, 2013 Petersfield Musical Festival

The orchestra were superb with some glorious, rich, string sounds and some beautiful woodwind playing. This performance will long remain in the memory of this reviewer.

Petersfield Post, performance of Beethoven’s Ninth

This magnificent work was brought to a triumphant, exuberant conclusion by all the performers.