Concert review – BBC Proms / Stephan, Kelly, Butterworth & Vaughan Williams / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

“In this centenary year, there has been much music, art, theatre and TV that has taken us back to the conflict. Sometimes we have been pulled right into depths of the trenches, sometimes we have been compelled to look through the long lens of history. This Prom, though, did something different. The freshness of the music made you feel near the atrocities but also helplessly removed from the fallen; you were there, like Vaughan Williams in 1921, trying to make sense of it all.”
Daily Telegraph, August 2014

“Andrew Manze’s concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra have come to be regarded as special occasions. Their Prom, a thoughtful, haunting examination of the waste and damage of the first world world war, was no exception… inspirational, beautifully judged in its subtle gradations of dynamic and mood, and played with near perfect grace and warmth.”
Guardian, August 2014