My Music with Alistair Campbell – Orchestra of St John's | Taking classical music out into the community

My Music with Alistair Campbell

Another great concert from Orchestra of St John’s, at Wigmore Hall. But don’t take our word for it!

Another enjoyable lunchtime in this excellent series. Alastair Campbell proved to be a likeable and articulate interviewee, at times voicing some decidedly controversial opinions. His choice of music was eclectic and superbly played and sung. 5/5

The host, Paul Blezard, felt that he had made a new friend in Alastair Campbell, who skilfully engaged the audience with his honesty, humour, and, most memorably, his playing ‘Ode to Joy’ on the bagpipes with the splendid Orchestra of St John’s. Special mention should be made of Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie, the late replacement soprano, who switched so easily from Motown to Verdi. Being so well entertained in the wonderful venue of the Wigmore Hall was a particularly enjoyable way to spend a lunchtime. 5/5

Very entertaining hour with Alastair Campbell. A good selection of music prefaced by interesting and humorous anecdotes with marvelous solo performances from the tenor and soprano. This was my first visit to the Wigmore Hall and I will return. 5/5

Really lovely way to spend an hour or so in town. Beautiful venue, lovely staff. The interview with Alastair was very good and his choice of music was very varied and beautifully played and sung. Alastair playing Ode to Joy on the bagpipes with the orchestra was fantastic. 5/5

This was my first visit to a ‘My Music’ event and I think I’m going to be a regular – a fascinating glimpse into the personal life of the guest together with high quality musical interludes. Excellent! 5/5

I wish I had known about this series earlier. A great way of spending an hour or so at lunchtime. The musicians and singers were on top form. The lighthearted interview was most entertaining and Mr Campbell was on top form. I cannot wait for the next one. Highly recommend. 5/5

This was a bit of a surprise. I was looking forward to the music but was unsure about the talk format, with Alistair Campbell. Very interesting and engaging, and the Orchestra of St John’s played up a storm. I did enjoy the pieces sung by Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie and Xavier Hetherington. Alistair Campbell’s bagpipe playing of Ode to Joy, along with the orchestra was a very well received bonus. These hour-long concerts and discussions look to be really good. 5/5

Amazing to hear an in-depth interview interspersed by such talented musicians including powerful soloists in an hour at lunchtime. Perfect. 5/5

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