“The Festival Orchestra, leader Sally Robinson, has built up a formidable reputation over the years for its quality musicians and accurate playing: here they don’t disappoint.” Seen and heard international 11 July 2014
“Great chorus work, and fine music from the National Festival Orchestra conducted by David Steadman” (mikado. Wolverhampton). Birmingham Mail.
June 30 2014
“Incidentally David Steadman was in charge of music for that first performance of Yeoman of the Guard in 1994 and last night was still there, conducting excellent The National Festival Orchestra.” (Pirates ). Behindthearras.com 24 June 2014
“If Gilbert’s satirical lyricism in the brain of The Mikado, then Sullivan’s sweeping score has to be the heart. Beautifully light and vibrant, it sets the tone of the piece perfectly, right from the overture, although at times the music can be lugubriously deep and brooding – as in one of my personal favourites ‘The criminal cried’. All of which is supremely delivered by the National Festival Orchestra” (mikado, iolanthe new Brighton ). Publicreviews.com June14 2014
“They are a real find with strong production values, a great orchestra and first class singing. Musically, this is a very strong show.”
(pirates. New Brighton ). Liverpool echo. June 12 2014