June 7, 2024

Top praise for Gemma New’s BBC Philharmonic performances

The Arts Shelf wrote:

“A sweeping soundscape that develops from a gentle, gradual opening to a rich and vivid symphony that soars with beautiful melodies and complex harmonies.”

“With a nod from conductor Gemma New, the orchestra begins to play Ruo’s 40-minute symphony live, giving us chance to appreciate and observe the music once again in a new and fully immersive setting.”

City of Floating Sounds is a classical concert presented in a way that most will never have experienced before, and it really makes you wonder why more classical music is not presented in this way. The immersive concept really brings the music to life, with atmospheric lighting and dry ice further heightening the experience. Everything feels fresh and vibrant. Full of vigour and rich sound. Each section showcased to the full. Nothing about this performance is stuffy or elitist. It does a superb job in breaking down the barriers between performer and audience to make it accessible and enthralling for all.”