Classical Source, David Truslove

The concert
Rachel Roberts

…the afternoon song-recital given by mezzo Rebecca Afonwy-Jones who, along with Rachel Roberts (viola) and Timothy End (piano) gave outstanding performances of works by Nielsen, Falla (Siete canciones populares españolas), Brahms (his Opus 91) and Edward Gregson’s superbly written Five Songs of Innocence and Experience…

 

Birmingham Post, David Hart **** Review

The concert
Rachel Roberts

…composer-in-residence Edward Gregson’s ‘Goddess’, [played] with warm sonorities and elegiac yearning from the viola soloist Rachel Roberts, sensual lyricism throughout, and a beautifully conceived ending where the music evaporated in shadowy threads of melody, harmonics and tremolo shivers.

 

Hereford Times, Emma Lilley

The concert
Rachel Roberts

And then there was Goddess, a seductively lyrical work by this year’s composer-in-residence, Edward Gregson, featuring the rich sonorities of violist Rachel Roberts.

The Times, Rebecca Franks

there was another stand-out moment………the ecstatic Goddess (2009), by the composer-in-residence Edward Gregson. It was fabulously played by the solo violist Rachel Roberts, the Presteigne Festival Orchestra and Vass.

Rachel Roberts
Presteigne Festival

The Guardian, Rian Evans

“Beethoven: Music in Revolution was the ambitious title given to this five-day festival, curated and performed by the Gould Piano Trio and friends. It offered an absorbing historical perspective on a composer who subverted rules, pushed boundaries and used shock tactics, as well as capturing his rigour and passion.”

“Violinist Gould and Frith combined fire and expressive power in Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, and its pairing with Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata string quartet, based on Tolstoy’s short story of the same name, was inspired. David Adams, Gould, Rachel Roberts and Alice Neary may not formally be a quartet, but the authenticity of the febrile and rich sound they created, together with their intensity of emotion, made this most memorable.”