• Town Hall Tribute to Felix Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra December 22, 2009 Town Hall Tribute to Felix

    Concert review by William Marshall, Huddersfield Examiner Felix Mendelssohn, born in 1809, is one of a roster of composers whose various anniversaries are being celebrated this year. And the Huddersfield Phil paid him a heartfelt tribute in the town hall on Saturday. When one takes into account that wintry weather had disrupted the rehearsal schedule, […]

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  • Phil on an Upswing Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra Phil on an Upswing

    Review by William Marshall, Huddersfield Examiner Saturday’s concert included accomplished performances of a Beethoven symphony and of Elgar’s most famous orchestral work. When this is added to the fine account of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique at the orchestra’s spring concert, it would certainly seem that, under principal conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa, the Phil is on an upswing. […]

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  • Just My Bill Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra December 21, 2009 Just My Bill

    This extract from a newspaper article from the 1890s throws some light on William Henry Cross, the first conductor of the “Phil” under its new name (adopted in 1884). The article was supplied by Margaret Hall, an Australian descendant of Mr Cross, and reads: “Although the composer is doubtless known, at least by repute, to […]

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  • Casey Jones Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra December 20, 2009 Casey Jones

    Casey Jones In June 1976, the “Phil” was on its travels again. This time to a rather unusual venue. Composer Arthur Butterworth (also the orchestra’s conductor at the time) recollects: “The National Railway Museum having recently been opened, there was a notion that railways could provide a topical theme for the York Festival of this […]

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