Portsmouth News, Mike Allen
“Current music director Robin Browning began the programme with the Serenade for Small Orchestra by little-known Hungarian composer Leo Weiner, and the players caught its perky character delightfully.
The conductor maintained good control of transitions throughout, and revelled in the second movement’s rustic dance and the third’s authentic Hungarian feel, expressed particularly by clarinet and bassoon.”
The programme ended with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4, the Italian.
“Here the conductor resisted the temptation to drive the quick movements too hard and achieved well-defined playing throughout.
Textures in the middle movements were carefully and beautifully balanced to deliver clarity without losing anything in expressiveness, and even at a taxing tempo the finale bubbled with infectious high spirits.”
Quotes from a review of the Havant Chamber Orchestra’s concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham on Sat 14 May 2016