Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs For A Mad King

Touring, November 2012

In cellist William Conway [Hebrides Ensemble] has an artistic director with an eye for intelligent programmes – and, in this touring show, a flair for the unpredictable.” **** – Financial Times, 14/11/12

An evening which was as excellently performed as it was conceived.” ***** –Bachtrack, 16/11/12

A vocal and dramatic tour de force…It makes for a disturbing, fascinating portrait.” **** – The Guardian, 14/11/12

“Intensely movingA well-conceived and engaging programme… Don’t miss it.” ****1/2 The Public Reviews 16/11/12

A complete success.” **** The Herald 13/11/12

Of all the performances I’ve heard of this work, this was the most moving, the most human, the most penetrating.” ***** – The Scotsman 13/11/12

James MacMillan’s Since It Was The Day of Preparation…

(world premiere, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 22 August 2012)

The Times (24/08/12) ****

“…wonderfully rich in its musical tapestry. … It’s the best new work I’ve heard from MacMillan in a while…Superb performances all round.”

The Herald (23/08/12) ****

“…brilliantly written and played cadenzas for the exotic instrumentation of cello, harp, clarinet, horn and theorbo…The  performance was broad, blazing and stunning.”

Full review here.

Bachtrack (24/08/12) *****

“The writing was wonderfully clear, very dramatic and, in many places, quite beautiful….very exciting and emotive listening. … Will Conway’s cello solo was gripping.”

Full review here.

The Scotsman (23/08/12) ****

“a supreme clarity 
of texture, the unbridled simplicity of which heightens the emotional impact. This was an impressive first performance by the Hebrides Ensemble.”

Full review here.

Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

 The Guardian, May 2012 

” a fantastically atmospheric account of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire : soprano Lucy Shelton was captivating ” 

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

The Scotsman, March 2012 * * * * 

“The quartet – Yann Ghiro (clarinet), David Alberman (violin), William Conway (cello) and Philip Moore (piano ) – moulded a performance that combined moments of aching stillness with bursts of hi-octane ecstasy. Most of all, they wrung every pore of emotion from Messiaen’s magical score.”

Full review here.



Kurtag’s Kafka Fragmente

The Scotsman, (03/06/11) ****

“…[Kurtag’s music] was powerfully expressed in this high-powered performance, almost exclusively a result of the sharp-edged partnership between the two performers. “

The Guardian, (02/06/11) ****

“… a profound and powerful achievement”

“Kafka Fragmente speaks for itself, especially when given such a fine voice”


Brahms with Llyr Williams

The Herald, (19/04/11) ****

“blistering performances from the Hebrides”

“I could fill a booklet with details of the playing of the six fantastic Hebrides string players and the powerhouse Welsh pianist [Llyr Williams]

The Scotsman, (19/04/11) ****

“what a joy they were”


Pulse Shadows

The Herald, (09 /03/11) ****

The Guardian, (10 /03/11) *****

The Scotsman, (09/03/11) *****

“Each instrumentalist could merit review”

“It was Claron McFadden who really raised the performance from merely great to remarkable”

“I cannot be the only one in the audience who has already checked her tour diary in the eager hope of catching a repeat performance later this week”


Rush Hours

Scotland on Sunday, (30/01/11) ****

“…the overwhelming emotion is one of pure joy with the mellifluous tones of the clarinet, played sublimely by Yann Ghiro”

“The ensemble beautifully articulated each and every phrase in this impeccable performance”