This page contains current reviews from the past few years. There are a number of reviews dating back to 1968 in our Archives. PDF files of Concert programmes in the Archives also contain copies of any reviews.


Review (****) from, December 2018 –  “how encouraging to see youngsters within the ranks of the BPO. The orchestra deserves some kind of educational award for that.”

Review (****) from, November 2018 – “The BPO played adroitly, with magnificently sonorous brass”

Review from from, October 2018 – “Everything was played with conviction, flair and dedication, creating a truly memorable afternoon.”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post, June 2017 – “The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra can go where many professional outfits fear to tread … basses underpinned a subtly flowing reading” 

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, March 2017 – “an afternoon of glorious music making, with another feather in the cap of this illustrious orchestra and the conductor they are fortunate to have as their music director.”


Review (*****) from Birmingham Post, December 2016 – “this stunningly accomplished performance was a powerful reminder of just how good the BPO is”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, June 2016 – “Richard Laing conducted a performance that was more than just a collection of exciting incidents, it was a well-shaped musical narrative in which every orchestral section excelled” 

Review from THSH, 9 March 2016 – “a performance both worthy of Mahler …  a wonderfully rounded, warm tone … given sparkle by the soaring trumpets in a spectacular manner … the generous sound of the BPO strings … a formidable force of musicians who not only captured the essence of the piece but did so with such visible joy throughout.”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 7 March 2016 – “Brass were biting as well as noble, strings … were busy and sensitive, woodwinds were eloquent, percussion a kaleidoscopic presence … everything under Michael Lloyd was conveyed with rhythmic impetus, even in the slowest passages, a dynamic enthusiasm and conviction”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 17 December 2015 – “as mellifluous and as Nielsen demanded” 

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 19 October 2015 – “Tim Stidwill’s command of tone and dynamics was kaleidoscopic”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 15 December 2014 – “a stunningly accomplished achievement […] often raw in tone and luridly colourful”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 23 October 2014 – “Committed, secure reading, pleasing to hear and generously true to the music”.

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 18 June 2014 – “Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture … a flourish of crisply articulated strings … a wholly satisfying performance … Elgar’s King Arthur Suite … the BPO’s excellent brass section with Richard Elliott’s characterful tuba revealing the music’s affinity with Elgar’s Falstaff .”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 27 February 2014 “great depth of tone, near-perfect intonation ..] wonderfully-delivered articulation and phrasing, and a platform discipline which would put some professional orchestras to shame.”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 20 June 2013 “one of the greatest amateur orchestras in the country.”

Letter from Sutton Coldfield Observer, 8 February 2013
“orchestra was in perfect harmony … ensuring a night to remember”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post 20 December 2012
“Particularly fine was the trumpet section, led by Greg McEwan with masses of confident aplomb”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post 29 October 2012 –
a well structured and often electrifying performance”

Review (****) from Birmingham Post 28 June 2012
“an electric reading of Dvorak’s New World Symphony”

Review (*****) from Birmingam Post 26 April 2012
“a truly passionate concert … splendid!”

Review (****) from Birmingam Post 2 March 2012
“a Mahler Ten of unforgettable communication”


Review (****) from Birmingham Post 27 October 2011 –
“one of the finest non-professional orchestras in the land … I’ve heard few better performances of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony”.

Review from Birmingham Post 21 April 2011
like a well tuned organ … colour and flexibility

Review from Birmingham Post 16 February 2011
“immense style … Lloyd’s BPO delivered it in spades.”


Review from Birmingham Post 23 December 2010
the standard achieved was astonishing … Richard Laing … conducted with a consistent vigour and enthusiasm

Review from Birmingham Post, 24 June 2010
“a performance of huge visceral, knife-edge excitement”

Review from Birmingham Post 25 February 2010
“impressively detailed, finely nuanced … sometimes crackling, sometimes melting.”

Review from Birmingham Post 20 October 2009
“is the BPO still one of the best non-professional orchestras in the land? You bet it is.”

Review from Birmingham Post 9 December 2008
“so warm and romantic that it could have melted the frost outside”


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