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Summer Concert 2012

PLUS – Walton – ‘Crown Imperial’

Alison Kettlewell – Mezzo Soprano Soloist

Alison has sung most of the standard oratorio repertoire for mezzo throughout the country in venues varying from parish churches to concert halls and cathedrals. Her most repeated repertoire includes Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah.

She has sung the Angel in Gerontius as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Exeter and considers this to be one of her favourite works. She also has a love of Bach and has sung both the St John and St Matthew Passions and the Christmas Oratorio and B Minor Mass on many occasions.

Alison has been a guest soloist in gala concerts in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Cadogan Hall, the Fairfield Hall, and St John’s Smith Square.
She has sung with many famous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the OSJ.

One of her most enjoyable performances was as Mary in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ at Newcastle Cathedral with the Northern Sinfonia. Another particularly memorable performance was the premiere of Will Todd’s “Gala and Gloria” at Durham Cathedral.
Recent engagements include Eternal Voices at Exeter Cathedral with Exeter Festival Chorus and the Band of the Royal Marines, Mahler 2 and Sea Pictures at Exeter Cathedral.

Alison has also sung live on Radio 3’s In Tune.

Alison is also part of a recital duo with pianist Joyce Clarke with repertoire varying from Brahms, Schumann and Schubert lieder through french songs of Debussy, Faure and Poulenc to English Songs by Quilter, Ireland and Howells. See her website here.

Spring Concert 2012

Read Philip R Buttall‘s review of our last concert here


“Symphony Orchestra concerts were never supposed to be such tremendous fun”….

November Concert 2011

“…..all of which the orchestra, led by Paul Mathews, dispatched with great aplomb.”

Read Philip R Buttall‘s review of our last concert here

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra November 2011 Concert Nutcracker Suite



Summer Concert 2011

…the concert’s real success was measured not only by the large number of youngsters present, many of whom had received their tickets thanks to the generosity of Plymouth Music Accord, but by the obvious enjoyment on everyone’s faces as the orchestra took the packed audience through a veritable kaleidoscope of film themes, some modern, and others all-time genre greats.

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra Summer 2011 Concert

Read Philip R Buttall‘s review of our last concert, Music from the Movies here

and visit Philip’s own website here.


Spring Concert 2011

Opening with an exuberant reading of Elgar’s bustling Cockaigne Overture, the trombone section made a telling contribution to the success of the performance, most effectively conveying the work’s celebratory and patriotic expression of London life at the turn of the last century.

Review by Philip R Buttall.

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