Neil Ferris

Reviews

Cardiff Polyphonic Choir - St David's Hall concert

"Conductor Neil Ferris ensured that the clarity of his choristers' diction was paramount."
Cardiff Polyphonic Choir's performance of Handel's Messiah
- Rian Evans, Guardian, December 2014


"An extraordinarily good choir to listen to."
Review of Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year CD (Naxos) with Convivium Singers
- BBC Radio 3, CD Review, 21/4/12


"It's beautifully conceived music, soaring to a glorious, bright climax in this fine performance by the 30-voice Convivium Singers."
Review of Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year CD (Naxos) with Convivium Singers
- BBC Music Magazine, May 2012


"Your direction was superb and beautifully paced as well as tremendously informative."
- Edwin Griggs, Chairman, Midlands Early Music Forum, commenting on a workshop day, 10/3/12


"The performance was well nigh flawless ... the choir's response to conductor Neil Ferris's insistence on clarity in the most intricate counterpoint was refreshing, and the authentic sounds of the orchestra gave the vocal lines an added validity. At the end you knew you'd been on a memorable journey."
Review of Cardiff Polyphonic Choir performance of Messiah in St David's Hall, Cardiff
- South Wales Argus, 6/12/12


"... the musical seascapes are finely wrought and easily evaporate without sensitive handling. Here ... they retained their shimmering atmosphere. Confidently steered by its conductor Neil Ferris, the orchestra and Brodsky Quartet whipped up a tidal wave of considerable ferocity ..."
Review of Noye's Fludde
- Opera Now Magazine, November 2011


"I have been immensely impressed by the way you have brought on the young soloists during the course of rehearsals. Noye's sons and their wives, and the gossips all performed magnificently on the day with full voice and considerable confidence. Thank you for a massively impressive tour de force ... a conductor with both musical and physical authority."
On a performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde with David Wilson-Johnson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, the Brodsky Quartet and Piers Adams
- Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director, Wimbledon Music Festival, 21-22/11/11


"I want to thank you most warmly for your splendid performance with the New Queen's Hall Orchestra...the orchestra played really beautifully..."
- HRH Prince Charles after a concert for Music in English Country Churches, Bampton, Oxfordshire, 21/5/11


"Ferris made the slow movement the real heart of the work, showing the warm, almost loving, side of the music and the climax was warm and very satisfying. Perhaps the finale isn't quite up to the standard of the rest of the work but here Ferris played it for all it was worth and showed the playful side of Walton's character. The coda, where Walton adds cymbals, gong, side drum and a second set of timpani, was glorious in its exultation."
Review of concert with Salomon Orchestra
- Music Web International, 29/6/10


"Congratulations to the choir for their splendid efforts. I was impressed with the meticulous preparation, and was thrilled with your interpretation; you gave it tremendous pace and shaping."
- Composer Paul Patterson on a performance of his Magnificat by Wimbledon Choral Society, Southwark Cathedral, 20/11/09


"As their name demands, the choir articulated Handel's polyphonic writing with practised ease and under the baton of Neil Ferris the tempi fairly whizzed along."
- Rian Evans, The Guardian, 18/12/08


"...a wonderfully joyous programme from the hardworking Birmingham Bach Choir... Diction under Neil Ferris, an exciting young conductor... was commendably clear."
- Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post 17/12/07


"I can say truly that for me, you have produced some of the most exciting singing I have ever experienced and I am most grateful to you."
- Choir member, Birmingham Bach Choir


"Neil Ferris's conducting was intelligently precise and he drew from both orchestra and chorus work of attractive purposefulness, as well as being admirable in his support of the soloists."
Review of Cardiff Polyphonic performance of Messiah, 3rd December 2006
- Music Web International


"I was so taken with Concordia [Voices], so grateful to them for keeping me musically on the edge of my seat and giving me a Messiah that didn't come alive only in the best bits."
- Howard Jacobsen, The Independent 19/11/05


"Conducted by the young and inspiring Neil Ferris...the players were on particularly good form throughout a highly demanding programme.... Delicate nuances in quiet passages were offset by the exciting sonority of the full orchestra.... The audience were kept enthralled by the kaleidoscopic variety of moods presented with such confident assertion."
Review of City of Southampton Orchestra concert
- Hampshire Chronicle