Just to repeat myself - see below [last concert's comments!] - Thank you all for such a great concert last night. Already en route for Jordan but just wanted to catch a quick moment to say how proud I was of you all and how well you had worked to get all that music together, especially with the cathedral evensong as well. Feedback was very enthusiastic from all I spoke to - I will add more once I am settled in Amman in Jordan.

Just some further thoughts now to catch up with you all. First a lovely quote from the email our vice president Felicity Cawthra sent to me :- "You must be over the moon after last night's concert. Lovely programme, with the orchestra obviously enjoying it."

I am so pleased also that I suggested to Ross that since the concerto was quite short that he bring an encore - what an amazing surprise and pleasure that was! I totally concur with Felicity - I was 'over the moon' - and there was so much effort and colour in all your playing; so much attention to detail, and particularly good comments were made over the strong and expressive string playing. I could go on but will just add that it is also a great pleasure to see how well Clare has continued to develop as our leader. I so look forward to being with you all again in January. Have a really good Christmas and break. Brian


Thankyou all for such a lovely concert last night. You can be proud of yourselves, and we did manage so many of those great dynamic contrasts!!

I just wanted to share Myles thoughts with you in the witty little piece he sent to me this morning :-

Dear All,

As the 2017-2018 season draws to a close I must thank you all for what has been a tremendous musical feast. Allow me to reflect on the menus that have been on offer. 

Gorging on my jalfrezi after last night's concert  was as nothing compared to the joy of the Sea Symphony in the autumn concert - just  the thought of whose rich  lyrical tones make me well up as only freshest of cut onions in this particular dish can do. 

Our return to Brahms - a well known Hamburger-  in the spring was stupendous - more like a rich slow-cooked beef stew than  double with cheese. As an appetiser though, can we really forgive Stokowski for taking all the ingredients of the Toccata and Fugue and making a complete dog's dinner of it?

But last night's  potpourri was equally entertaining if a little hot. Thankfully the swedes were off the menu. Brian took precautions to finish his first course earlier than most fearing that the food would repeat on him in Where Eagles Dare. In contrast our ukulele player started the last course of his meal before all were served - a sure recipe for indigestion. Rounding things off like a sorbet in summer was the palate-cleansing Holst - a seemingly light desert but sprinkled with darker flavours in the Elegy to remind us that a second on the lips can result in several banana splits - especially if the chef brings the last course in before diners have had chance to swallow the previous. 

So it only remains to say just how much fun it has been. You make a great team and I really do appreciate what you all bring to the ESO table. 

Now it is time for a diet before the next season begins so that when Elgar's dream of chateaubriand is served next year I can relish all its fine flavours. 

Lots of love to you all - Myles
Once again - thankyou all and have a good break - plenty of work next term and dont forget the Choral Evensong on October 7th in the Cathedral. Brian

Just a thought about last term's concert. Spring 2018

I did so enjoy conducting you all on saturday - the thought quite simply is that everyone was so on the ball, and any slight moment was quickly and easily responded to and/or rectified overall. Well done to all of you and thank you again. Brian

Clare is happy for me to add her main comments here:-

- 'I just wanted to say a huge 'well done' for a fantastic concert on Saturday. I heard some lovely feedback, including comments such as 'a lovely rich sound', 'excellent string playing' (sorry, had to put that one in) and people really liked the Nielsen, thought it had drama. The Mozart was very well received, people thought the soloists were excellent, sensitively accompanied by the orchestra. Sarah, who was listening at the back, said the Brahms was really good and she was impressed! All in all, another very successful concert. Many thanks to Sarah and Adrian!

Apologies for not adding this lovely comment from Felicity Cawthra - our president:-

' The concert on Saturday was absolutely superb. I loved every item and the orchestra's playing was wonderful. They all looked confident and happy and the length of the programme was just right. A lot of hard work over years. Well done you.'

Fantasy Ouverture - Nielsen here, so click on this link .

Thankyou - I never cease to find music with you all a great joy in my life.

November 2017 - 'A Sea Symphony" - Well done indeed to you all last night, and once again the level of colour, contrast and musicality is becoming a real joy - small slips are almost irrelevant - and what is so good for my part is a real feeling that we are creating performances so well together.

A little message from Laurence -  'Please can you pass my thanks onto the rest of the orchestra for being so wonderful (and so patient over the weeks) - they sounded absolutely fabulous (I’m also now a Bax convert!)' 


Please go to the members page for some lovely views and thoughts on last July's fine music in the Cathedal.
































Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou!

Very well done to all of you for your commitment, effort and positivity over the Somme project. It took a massive amount of concentration in not always easily lit circumstances, but the compliments were very many and very appreciative from all varieties of the audience and Laura herself. It was particularly pleasing to have comments from one of the people who has been working on several performances recently, and others, as to how dramatic and colourful it was, with great dynamic range and atmosphere - so well achieved more than in some other performances of the work. That is down to some very fine responsiveness from you all, and in odd moments of fluency hiccup, how well these were easily retrieved, and flexibly worked around with the unremitting progress of the 'Click Track'.

May I also say how well I think the sections are working together to have well integrated units, and where a player may not be available, to effectively engaging another colleague to ably fill the temporary need.


November 19th - Thanks to all of you for another chance to enjoy conducting you all last saturday. Great to Have Samantha back again.


The Best comment from July DWT July 2016 concert on several occasions was ' the orchestra just gets better and better' !


There was some stunning playing from you all and even first time BSO fans were impressed. Really colourful, confident and engaging playing. I  particularly thought the strings continued to excel themselves, and the orchestra's sensitivity to the flexibility needed in Tamsin's beautiful rendition of the Tchaikovsky was stunning - well done to all of you. There is so much great feed back and perhaps a quote from Mike Elsey adds an extra dimension - ' Concert was spot on from a DWT perspective.'

St Michael's School Workshop - March 8th : Thankyou all for such enthusiasm and involvement for this event - I attach some comments received from Sarah:-

"What a success, parents and children alike loved it , there were even tears!!
Thank you for making it so great"

"The children were buzzing when they left , and one parent even said to me 'I must get my flute out"

"Let's do it again sometime!!
Please do thank your orchestra members, many of them were so kind to individual children and really helped them along and we appreciate that they came early to rehearse."

Exeter Symphony Orchestra Facebook page is now up and running - open to all www.facebook.com/ExeterSymphonyOrchestra . Feel free to contribute and invite your friends and don't forget to tick 'like' - if you dont ' like' let me know!!. Alison Northcott.

There is also a new Twitter page - with much feedback from our concerts. Again, please do feel free to contribute - @Exeter_Symphony