Thomas Bowes plays the Barber Violin Concerto,
and impresses ALICE McVEIGH
I don't normally review youth orchestras, but must make an exception with regard to the Bromley Youth Music Trust Youth Symphony on 23 March 2014 (yes, I admit it, principal horn being my kid Rachel McVeigh, but I'm not going to write about her!!!)
It's a very good orchestra, with a sprinkling of National Youth Orchestra and LSSO players, grade 8 as a minimum, and they made a good fist of William Tell Overture (special kudos to Matthew Raven, cello, and Joshua Dowling (cor anglais), Sibelius' Karelia Suite Op 11 and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919) under the excellent Jonathan Josephs.
However the stand-out work was the Barber violin concerto, featuring mature listening and conducting from the gifted teens and Josephs, and out-of-this-world playing by Thomas Bowes as the soloist.
Bowes used to lead me back in the Neolithic era, in the London Mozart Players (I was depping in the celli: he was leading)...
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