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A fine balance between discipline and expressiveness

Dare I say it? Well, why not?

The Havant Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish symphony was more heart-warming and uplifting than the London Symphony Orchestra’s at Portsmouth Guildhall in March.

The LSO is technically in a different league, of course, but its diamond-hard attack bordered on the soulless. The HCO, conducted by Robin Browning, played with humanity – occasionally fallible but with evident feeling for melody and harmony. Beginning … with a Beethoven overture, the playing was much tighter from the start, with the conductor achieving a fine balance between discipline and expressiveness.

This concert brought the HCO’s season to a compelling, stirring end.

Mike Allen, Portsmouth News, 19 May 2014
Beethoven Egmont, Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 Scottish
Havant Chamber Orchestra, Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire

 
Masterly conducting at Ferneham Hall

Beethoven’s sixth symphony, the Pastoral, was also conducted in masterly style by Robin Browning. This work can seem to go on forever, but in his hands it pulsed with life. Never seeming to rush, Browning allowed time for affectionate phrasing while keeping the music moving purposefully.  His masterful conducting ensured character and clarity were maintained through precise balancing.

Mike Allen, Portsmouth News, 11 Feb 2014
Beethoven Pastoral Symphony
Havant Chamber Orchestra, Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire

 

Milton Keynes City Orchestra introduced new talent to Milton Keynes on Friday night with their Bold and New performance at The Venue, Walton High [...] The finale of the evening was a rarely played Brahms Serenade in six movements that held the audience on the edge of their seats [...] MKCO Chairman Marian Livingstone said, “Robin took charge on Friday night and really owned the stage with the Orchestra. He worked effortlessly with Nicholas [Cox] who gave a world class performance and he also gave the audience tremendous value for money with his carefully crafted programme in this new auditorium.”

MK Flyers, 14 Nov 2013
Brahms Serenade No 1, Mozart Clarinet Concerto (soloist Nicholas Cox), Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Milton Keynes City Orchestra, The Venue, Walton High

 

Robin Browning conducted a performance of great freshness and warmth which displayed Dvorak’s mastery of the orchestra to the full. [...] [He] built the great climaxes with care and purpose. Phrases and tempi were moulded affectionately, always sounding spontaneous. The climax of the slow movement was sublime and built with shattering power, and the gentle urgency of the Passacaglia and the stillness of the epilogue were breathtaking. [...] This was a spacious, concentrated reading from Robin Browning, which combined evocative atmosphere with emotional involvement. The warmth and poetry of the work was splendidly caught. Thank you Petersfield Orchestra and Robin Browning: this performance will long remain in the memory of this reviewer.

Ann Pinhey – Petersfield Post, March 2013
Dvorak Symphonic Variations, Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5 in D
Petersfield Orchestra, Petersfield Festival Hall