In the coming days Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra will work alongside hundreds of children and amateur musicians from the National Capital Region as part of the “NACO in the Community Week”.
The Sibelius Symphonies have been a recurring theme for Alexander over the last few years. Last season he performed a cycle of the works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of his ‘Symphonic Soundscapes’ series at London’s Cadogan Hall and subsequently the pieces formed the backbone of his ‘Ideas of North’ Festival at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa at the beginning of this season.
Alexander’s concert with the English Chamber Orchestra in the Leeds International Concert Series lat weekend was “an absolute knockout”.
Of the interpretation of Schubert’s unfinished Symphony No 8 in B Minor, critic Geoffrey Mogridge commented “The pace, transparency and balance of the ECO’s performance conducted by Alexander Shelley was breathtaking.” … “The dynamic range was just as astonishing – from softly foreboding strings and sighing woodwinds to dramatically loud climaxes.”
On Saturday February 27th Alexander teams up again with the English Chamber Orchestra for a concert in the Leeds International Concert Season. The performance takes place at the famous Leeds Town Hall, which was also the venue for the finals of the Leeds Conductors Competition that Alexander won in 2005. The competition victory marked the beginning of Alexander’s international career and the venue is close to his heart.
Here are some memories from Alexander’s recent return to Berlin’s Konzerthaus to conduct the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts. An interesting set of photos from the point of view of an orchestral musician in rehearsal, taken by the orchestra’s bass clarinettist Norbert Möller!