Review: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Ipswich Regent

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage at the Regent Theatre Ipswich

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage at the Regent Theatre Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Now, I should probably start by admitting that I don’t know too much about classical music.

In fact, what I do know would possibly struggle to fill the back of a postage stamp.

I would struggle to tell my Mozart from my Bach and my Beethoven from my Elgar.

I also have no musical nous whatsoever – so when I see people with even a modicum of ability I find it pretty impressive.

However, I like to think that I can appreciate talent when I see it.

And the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra certainly didn’t disappoint.

It was quite simply superb – in fact a friend of mine described it as: “as near to perfection as you’re ever going to see.” I wouldn’t disagree.

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The ensemble of world class musicians treated the packed theatre to a jaw dropping performance.

They effortlessly created a magical atmosphere that was the perfect antidote to a hectic week of work.

Conductor Bramwell Tovey was a busy figure at the front of the stage, his hands frantically waving backwards and forwards as he steered the musicians through a three piece set that featured works by Georges Bizet, Max Bruch and Modest Mussorgsky (I’m grateful to the programme for this!). Violinist Tasmin Little also gave a stunning solo performance that ended with a thunderous ovation. During the encore we were also treated to a little Bach “at no extra cost”.

I should also mention the talented youngsters of the Suffolk Youth Brass Ensemble who took to the stage before the main show to ensure the audience were suitably warmed up.

It’s no exaggeration to say that it was one of the highlights of my year.

The orchestra returns in March for Beethoven’s Masterworks – I’ve already reserved my ticket.