Alexander Shelley and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra have reached Holland and with it the halfway mark of their 50th Anniversary Europe Tour ‘Crossings’. 

In both London and Paris the musicians have been highly praised, with Robert Matthew-Walker of Classical Source stating ‘this concert proved to be one of the major highlights of the current London orchestral season.’ Praising both the choice of works and ‘performances of the highest calibre’ he went on to opine ‘if only all orchestral concerts were as good as this.’

Le Devoir’s Christophe Huss described hearing an orchestra with a ‘potential ready to explode’ (full review here) at the London concert and praised the bold decision to tour the NAC’s ground-breaking and unique ‘Life Reflected’ multi-media new music work to Paris. Of the work he stated: ‘the NAC have created a major contribution to the musical and cultural heritage of the country’ (full review here).

Tonight Alexander and the NAC Orchestra perform music by Claude Vivier, Mendelssohn and Brahms at Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg alongside violinist James Ehnes and soprano Erin Wall. 

You can follow the progress of the tour on the NAC tour website or by following Alexander’s social media (links below).