Performance Reviews

Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dukas / The Hallé
“Phillips is a dynamic presence on the podium and on tonight’s evidence has an uncommon ability to pick up a familiar piece by the scruff of its neck and shake invigorating new life into it.”
Bachtrack, June 2016

R. Strauss, Sibelius & Beethoven / The Hallé

“Under the baton of Jamie Phillips, this was definitely not an orchestra going through the motions – we were treated to a thrilling, emotionally charged, totally committed rendition [of Beethoven Symphony No. 5].”
Yorkshire Times, May 2016

Dvořák / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
“… what the orchestra offered was a fresh, bright and dynamic performance, finding new ways to approach and savour an old favourite [Dvorak Symphony No.9]…. With [Phillips’] expressive style it seemed as if he was enjoying the music with the players, rather than dictating to them.”
Herald Scotland, November 2015

Beethoven / Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne / Rheingau Festival

“[Beethoven] Symphony No.3 was depicted as appropriately changeable and yet also spacious, moving between the Funeral march that wasn’t taken too heavily, the first movements that passed by in swift currents, the burrowing scherzo figures and the theatricality of the variations in the finale… It was defined by varied, powerful language.”
Frankfurter Rundschau, August 2015

Stravinsky, Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn / Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
“From the already buoyant Adagio [of Haydn’s Symphony in G Major], Jamie Philips ushered in the Allegro in lively style. The brass was allowed to indulge contentedly in this anticipation of Beethoven.”
Drehpunktkultur, December 2014

Mahler & Lutoslawski / Birmingham Festival Orchestra
“Musicality lay at the heart of Jamie Phillips’ account of the Mahler, the BFO responding to this monumental work with enthusiastic generosity and an impressive command of technique.”
Birmingham Post, September 2014

C.P.E. Bach, R Strauss & Mozart / Manchester Camerata
“Manchester Camerata, under the baton of the energetic young conductor Jamie Phillips, opened this year’s Lake District Summer Music Festival.

The concert ended with Mozart’s great Symphony No.40 in G minor… The second movement Andante was taken at a faster tempo than one sometimes hears which helped greatly to give it a sense of forward movement. The contrapuntal interplay, which is such feature of this movement and the Allegro finale, came off beautifully, the clarity helped in part by the size of the orchestra, the sensitivity of the players and the care shown by the conductor in his direction.”
Westmorland Gazette, August 2014

Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar, Arnold, Delius & Holst / Hallé
“Jamie Phillips, the Hallé’s youngest ever assistant conductor, took the baton for the evening, leading with a maturity and skill one would scarcely expect from a 22-year- old…Phillips certainly lived up his growing reputation on the night, adroitly leading both orchestra and audience alike through a succession of pieces, some familiar and some getting an altogether rarer orchestral outing.”
Northern Soul, August 2014

“An evening of magic and mystery filled the Bridgewater Hall as Jamie Phillips led the Hallé in a collection of English classics.”
Bachtrack, July 2014

Berlioz, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky / Hallé Orchestra
“Jamie Phillips conducted the Hallé…with vivacity and profundity in front of a packed Bridgewater Hall. In Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique in particular, he drew from the string section [a] rich, soft-edged sound.”
Bachtrack, April 2014

Beethoven Symphony No.7 / Hallé Orchestra
“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

Britten, Mozart & R. Strauss / Birmingham Festival Orchestra
“How Phillips has been able to project such personality into an orchestra which only gets together now and again defeats me. What he must be achieving as assistant conductor at Manchester’s Halle is something I look forward to sussing out.”
Birmingham Post, April 2013

Adès, Chopin, Haydn & Stravinsky / Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award
“The British conductor Jamie Philips put together a considerable performance at the tender age of 21: a capricious interpretation of Thomas Adès’ arrangement of Rameau, Chopin’s first piano concerto (Ingolf Wunder was the intelligent and elegant soloist), a Haydn Symphony and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. The tricky concerto, 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

“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 (radio), April 2012

Helen Grimes: Orchestral and Instrumental Works / Hallé and Halle Soloists (NMC Recordings)
“Performances are spot-on, not least from the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips, making an auspicious debut on disc.”
Classical Music Magazine, five stars, November 2014