Press

“We know Phillips to be one of the ablest up-and-coming conductors, but his account of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was electrifying and won him a prolonged ovation, not least from the orchestra. He showed tremendous energy and very watchable athleticism, but also an eye for detail and certain discipline. He really had the Hallé playing superbly…With Phillips we have lift-off.”

The Arts Desk – March 2014

“The Halle’s newly appointed assistant conductor, 21-year-old Jamie Phillips, was given the chance to show his mettle in Dvorak’s Scherzo Capriccioso. The whole point of his role is to enable an outstanding young talent to gain know-how and thereby the respect that makes orchestras prepared to give their utmost. That said, on this showing Phillips already has little to fear from comparison with most visiting conductors on the circuit. That he can persuade the Halle to play with such affection, energy and swing is equal tribute to their professionalism and his gifts.”

The Telegraph – November 2012

“Phillips is a charismatic conductor. He doesn’t so much conduct the music as conduct in the music, shaping phrases so we can follow the ebb and flow, using his expressive left hand to draw delicate playing when required.

The Gloucestershire Echo – May 2013


Click here to read an interview with Jamie Phillips by Christopher Morley of the Birmingham Post.
August 2012


“He demonstrated such serenity and gravity on the podium, it was quite astonishing. Jamie Phillips didn’t wave his arms about, nor did he use excessive gestures, the kind that serve the ego more than the music… he is certainly one to look out for in the future.”

Kronen Zeitung – April 2012

“At just 21, Jamie Phillips is about to become Assistant Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra. He must already be tired of the relentless concentration on his youth, but within minutes of hearing him the assurance of his manner and excitement of his performance drove such thoughts away as we were immersed in the power of the music. The overwhelming impression was of confidence from both conductor and performers.”

Birmingham Post – August 2012

“This young British conductor makes an impression with his high level of musicality and his powerful expressiveness, and despite his young age, he has already mastered an extensive repertoire.”

BR-Klassik – April 2012

“[Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1], challenging both for the soloist and the orchestra, was not only brilliantly effective, but also minutely prepared in every detail. This was a significant pointer towards the tremendous potential that Phillips already shows.”

Salzburger Nachrichten – May 2012

“Jamie Phillips mustered his troops with clear direction and interesting interpretations; a young man with definite ideas and a fascinating future beckoning. A breathtaking reading…”

Birmingham Post – April 2012

“…Jamie Phillips, who, in spite of his age, showed a lot of maturity and artistic prowess…a thrilling artistic flair was evident at this young age, and the Englishman showed real quality.”

L’est Républicain – September 2011