LSO St Luke’s
Tchaikovsky – Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet, TH 42Panufnik – Cello Concerto
Myaskovsky – Symphony no.27, op.85 (London premiere)
Bartholomew LaFollette (cello)
Oliver Zeffman (conductor)
I was delighted to have this opportunity to hear the Melos Sinfonia under their young (still an undergraduate at Durham) principal conductor, Oliver Zeffman. The orchestra’s players are current students and recent graduates of major conservatories and universities, as well as orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth orchestra, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and the Southbank Sinfonia. Moreover, the stated commitment to ‘playing rarely-performed works and new compositions’ is laudable – and was certainly displayed on this particular occasion.