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ROY WALES - What the press say about Roy Wales as a Conductor

MASS “A Theatre Piece” – Leonard Bernstein  (UK Première)     Royal Albert Hall

“Roy Wales conducted a splendidly incisive performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and forces from the University of Warwick.  The choruses, including the London Chorale, Southend Boys Choir and the University of Warwick, brilliantly showed the Wales imprint.”
The Guardian

“The playing of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was full, bold and vigorous; and so too was the singing of the University of Warwick Choir, the London Chorale and the excellent Southend Boys Choir.  Roy Wales had clearly trained his forces exceptionally well.”
Financial Times

MASS “A Theatre Piece” – Leonard Bernstein  (Australian Première)   Queensland Performing Arts Concert Hall, Brisbane

“It has taken 15 years for Leonard Bernstein’s MASS to come to Australia, and Brisbane can be proud to have been the city with an organisation bold enough to accept its challenges and mount a production.  The performance by the Brisbane Chorale, Conservatorium Singers and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra was a triumph for all concerned!  It was a real triumph for Dr. Roy Wales, to whom this city is already deeply indebted for bringing so many fine choral works in performance.”
Patricia Kelly.  The Australian (Opera in Review)

International Choral Festival, New York, USA

“Highlight of the Lincoln Centre’s Choral Festival was the sensational performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Choral Dances’ from his coronation opera ‘Gloriana’, sung with verve and virtuosity to spare by the London Chorale under the Festival’s most dynamic maestro, Roy Wales.’
Long Island Press

“Roy Wales conducted his excellent London Chorale……”
New York Times, USA

Choral and Orchestral Concert in Switzerland

“Roy Wales unites a very vivid musical sensitivity with a remarkable gift of communication.  He has authority and draws out the best from his performers.”
Vevey Journal, Switzerland

CARMEN – Bizet                              

“Bizet and Roy Wales triumphed in this production and I found Roy Wales’ conducting full of fire and the orchestral playing very good.”
Evening Echo

BARBER OF SEVILLE – Rossini                     

“Excellent Barber by Essex Opera conducted by Roy Wales.  All the wit was captured in magnificent song and colourful  action.”
Southend  Standard

MARRIAGE OF FIGARO – Mozart                             

“Roy Wales conducted a performance that sparkled and never flagged.  This was an evening of highly professional understanding and direction”
Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Roy Wales conducted with a good mix of brilliance and relaxation.”
Birmingham Post

“An evening of  delightful  music.”
The Stage

DIDO AND AENEAS – Purcell – BBC Music Room Broadcast from Birmingham

“This was a vital and rounded performance conducted by Roy Wales.  The chorus was vigorous and well  balanced and made a major contribution.  The string orchestra played with confidence and a breadth of tonal shading so we heard Purcell of quite distinctive style.”
Birmingham Post

DON GIOVANNI – Mozart                           

“Without doubt this is the best thing Roy Wales has done in Southend.  Mr. Wales’ conducting is firm and well rounded and the orchestral playing is excellent.”
Evening Echo

THE MAGIC FLUTE – Mozart      

“Roy Wales conducts with zest and achieves consistently good tone and ensemble from the orchestra.”
Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Roy Wales who directed the orchestra, was in careful control.  Rhythm and speeds were never driven and a considerable attempt was made to create a warmth of tone, especially from the strings, that had to be fought for in the clear but unrewarding acoustics of the theatre.”
Birmingham Post

THE TENDER LAND – Aaron Copland (1st London Performance)   Chelsea Town Hall, London

“The Chorus were in splendid voiced in the party chorus of Act II and there was assured playing from the orchestra conducted by Roy Wales.”
Daily Telegraph

DIE FLUT (The Tide) – Boris Blacher   (1st UK Performance)    

“The really first rate direction of Roy Wales helped to bring ‘The Tide’ to an English audience in the most accessible manner.”
Music and Musicians

“It was Roy Wales’ command and authority as a conductor that I admired and he won an excellent response from his singers and players.  Mr. Wales is the important one in all of this.  We are too short of conductors not to welcome eagerly a man who has the right stuff in him.”
What’s On in London

HARY JANOS – Zoltán Kodály (1st UK Performance)       

“Though a semi-staged version leaves so much wanting, the Camden Opera Group did extremely well with Roy Wales conducting with insight and command.”
The Stage

HUGH THE DROVER – Ralph Vaughan Williams (London Revival)                

“The Camden Opera Group was formed only two years ago by Roy Wales, an enterprising and very effective conductor.  He got some fine playing from his orchestra and some excellent singing out of his principals and chorus.”
The Stage

ALBERT HERRING-Benjamin Britten                            

“The music under Roy Wales was splendid and the orchestra was excellent, having the quality of well rehearsed professionalism.”
Birmingham Post

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Jerry Bock (British Amateur Première)
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“Excellent musical direction by Roy Wales.”
Daily Mail

THE KING AND I-Rodgers and Hammerstein, Eastbourne Congress Theatre

“Roy Wales is the Musical Director and he and the orchestra give the show great quality all the way through.”
Eastbourne Gazette