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La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Magazine (August 2016)


'Matthew Waldren‚ conducting the City of London Sinfonia‚ led a full-blooded‚ big hearted‚ open-air performance...'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source (June 2016)


'The musical performance is also first rate – Matthew Waldren conducting a fine and loving account of the score with verve and the City of London Sinfonia responding in kind'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
MusicOMH (June 2016)


'The City of London Sinfonia forms the orchestra‚ and the conducting of Matthew Waldren‚ who was recently awarded an ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship‚ reveals a keen eye for detail and balance while still capturing something of the sweeping nature of Puccini’s enigmatic score.'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
Seen & Heard International (June 2016)


'Matthew Waldren provided assured direction to the cast‚ orchestra and chorus throughout... Waldren and the City of London Sinfonia provided a flexible and richly coloured accompaniment'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
The Guardian (June 2016)


'Waldren conducts with real passion'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
The Stage (June 2016)


'Matthew Waldren conducts an account that is as perceptive in realising the detail of Puccini’s score as it is surefooted in overview. He energises the alert musicians of the City of London Sinfonia. '

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
The Times (June 2016)


'In general this is a vigorous show‚ driven by firm voices‚ a conductor‚ Matthew Waldren‚ with a clear grip‚ and a very crisp City of London Sinfonia.'

La Bohème‚ Opera Holland Park
What’sOnStage.com (June 2016)


'The crisp playing of the City of London Sinfonia under Matthew Waldren is arrestingly good‚'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
FlipSideReviews (December 2015)


'Tunefully engaging‚ Todd’s work combines wit and charm in equal measure‚ even finding sonic equivalents for Carroll’s lyrical flights of literary fancy‚ along with beguiling melodies‚ all played soaringly by an ensemble of 11 players under conductor Matthew Waldren‚ and sung beautifully by a first-rate cast'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Opera (December 2015)


'There is strong support from...the tightly-knit contribution of the makeshift band under the lightly-worn authority of Mathew Waldren’s baton'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ OHP at Linbury Theatre
Seen & Heard International (November 2015)


'The twelve-piece orchestra – under conductor Matthew Waldren – does what it has to do well starting with the fairly traditional musical overture‚ then embracing all the changes of style and effectively accompanying the solos and ensembles‚ as well as‚ keeping everything moving forward'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
OperaNews.com (November 2015)


'In the pit‚ the City of London Sinfonia played the well-crafted score for all it was worth‚ while conductor Matthew Waldren explored and extolled its many subtle French niceties'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Now (October 2015)


'Matthew Waldren got the orchestra in the right zone of ethereal foofla‚ and any longueurs were certainly down to Delibes'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (September 2015)


'That the evening hung together so well was down to Matthew Waldren’s conducting‚ which brought out the score’s well-mannered colours‚ its nudges into drama and its sensuousness‚ with excellent playing from the City of London Sinfonia. Even Waldren‚ though‚ has his work cut out keeping our attention in the two-hour stretch of Acts 1 and 2‚ but he kept his cool in a style that drifts from ballet prettiness into bel canto and dabs of Impressionism'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
British Theatre.com (August 2015)


'The music is also contrived to work well out of doors. Much of it is cunning underscoring that does not interfere with the projection of the text to the audience. But there is also a great deal of stylistic variation – plenty of Latin‚ Calypso and Jazz rhythms and many echoes of familiar composers – for example‚ the Bernstein of West Side Story. There is plenty of tongue-in-cheek pastiche‚ always elegantly carried off. The twelve-piece orchestra has a lot to do: it gets us going with a lively scene-setting overture and there are plenty of characterful solos in what follows. It is no easy task for conductor Matthew Waldren to manage these disparate forces in the open air and on the move‚ but he set lively tempi and managed to keep everyone together without any visible problems'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
British Theatre.com (August 2015)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren whipped up a storm from the City of London Sinfonia when needed‚ but also found space for the chamber sonorities of the many delicate instrumental solos – especially from the flute and other woodwinds. It was a real pleasure to see the full orchestra rather than losing them to view in a conventional pit‚ and the good balance between singers and players throughout the evening confirmed the wisdom of this decision'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Gramaphone (July 2015)


'The cast...and orchestra‚ conducted by Matthew Waldren‚ put on a good show'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Music Web International (July 2015)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren draws bright‚ breezy playing from his orchestra'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Planet Hugill.com (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren conducts the 11 piece orchestra with aplomb‚ and recorded in the studio we get to appreciate far more of the detail in Will Todd’s orchestration'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Sinfini Music (July 2015)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren holds the 11-piece ensemble together with panache and fizz'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Telegraph (July 2015)


'It has bags of energy and colour'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ CD review
Times (July 2015)


'...you can admit to yourself‚ at home with a drink-me glass of merlot or two‚ that it’s not just toddlers who’ll enjoy Todd’s music...On record‚ all words are crystal clear‚ supported by a small but colouful orchestra that includes an accordian and sax'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
A Younger Theatre (July 2015)


'The live orchestra sparks a bit of outdoor magic into the performance'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
Bargain Theatre Land (July 2015)


'The ‘Alice band’ delivers a rich soundscape'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
BachTrack.com (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren led a vivid account of Delibes’ colourful score‚ sparkling nicely in the Opéra Comique style choruses and the quintet for the Brits in Act II'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source.com (July 2015)


'The excellence of the performance is rounded out by elegant and sensitive singing from the Opera Holland Park Chorus‚ and an assured contribution from the City of London Sinfonia that responds ably to Matthew Waldren – the pathos of that ‘Flower Duet’ owing in no small part to the alertness of his conducting'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Financial Times (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren gets clean playing from the orchestra'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Guardian (July 2015)


'Musically‚ everything is at a consistently high level. Matthew Waldren conducts crisply and the City of London Sinfonia’s playing is full of good things'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Independent (July 2015)


'...the superb playing of the City of London Sinfonia under conductor Matthew Waldren'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
London Evening Standard (July 2015)


'Under conductor Matthew Waldren‚ City of London Sinfonia manages a convincing French accent'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
MarkRonan.com (July 2015)


'This opera is full of wonderful moments to which Matthew Waldren in the orchestra pit gave great effect with a mix of liveliness‚ charm and solemnity'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
MusicOMH.com (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren conducts superbly‚ keeping everything balanced and precise‚ which is not easy given both the tented area’s acoustic and the specific demands of this opera'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Observer on Sunday (July 2015)


'Delibes’s Lakmé – the opera about the Hindu priestess and her intoxicated lover‚ the British officer Gerald – almost flew by on the second night of Opera Holland Park’s new staging‚ thanks to terrific musical standards...Given that the first two acts before the interval at Opera Holland Park last exactly two hours‚ any sense of lift-off was some achievement on the part of all involved: Matthew Waldren conducting‚ with zestful‚ finely shaped playing from the City of London Sinfonia'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Britannia (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren and the City of London Sinfonia played Delibes’ fragrant orchestrations to the manner born'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Today.com (July 2015)


'There was certainly considerable attention to the detail‚ and a sustained‚ thoughtful expressiveness to the instrumentalists’ phrasing; the individual voices could be clearly heard‚ as if characters in the opera — and it certainly sounded as if the players cared about the music...conductor Matthew Waldren was in full command of the details'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Sunday Express (July 2015)


'Musically‚ the opera works beautifully. The City of London Sinfonia under conductor Matthew Waldren captures the lushness of the score'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Sunday Times (July 2015)


'Under Mathew Waldren the City of London Sinfonia played remarkably well'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Telegraph (July 2015)


'Its scene-painting is atmospheric‚ its melodies are sensuous‚ its orchestration lush‚ its pace languorous – and it is to the credit of Matthew Waldren that his shapely conducting doesn’t soup or whip it up factitiously. The City of London Sinfonia plays every note lovingly'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
The Arts Desk.com (July 2015)


'[the] expert baton of Matthew Waldren‚ conducting a very fine City of London Sinfonia with some first-rate wind solos and wacky timpani playing from Tristan Fry in the Act Two divertissement'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
The Spectator (July 2015)


'The City of London Sinfonia‚ conducted by Matthew Waldren‚ lap up every woodwind caress and piquant phrase'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
The Stage (July 2015)


'There’s consistently impressive playing from the City of London Sinfonia‚ while conductor Matthew Waldren maintains a focused eye on the music’s expressive aims...Verdict; Conducted with distinction by Matthew Waldren'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
Times (July 2015)


'Matthew Waldren conducts a handsome account of this heavily upholstered score'

Lakmé‚ Opera Holland Park
What’s On Stage.com (July 2015)


'Derivative hokum though it is‚ those ravishing melodies carry it along and this crisp‚ hurtling account by Matthew Waldren and the City of London Sinfonia runs an electric charge through Delibes’ score'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (August 2014)


'From the first attention grabbing chord‚ the City of London Sinfonia under Matthew Waldren revelled in every jokey phrase and bouncing rhythm'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
BachTrack.com (July 2014)


'The music matches the libretto in style: modern classical sounds give way to elements from music hall or jazz for certain sections in Will Todd’s beautifully-crafted score. It is well judged for the venue and the forces and rightly doesn’t compromise on complexity for a young audience‚ with some superb ensembles...Outdoor acoustic performances are notoriously hard to balance for sound but this mostly succeeded here...the ensemble and tuning were excellent‚ particularly considering the spaces across which performers were working‚ with the attentive but not noiseless audience sometimes positioned in between the cast and orchestra'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
Londonist.com (July 2014)


'Another bravo goes to the orchestra‚ who have to run after the actors during scene changes in order to provide a musical background...We are quite sure this opera will be back on stage at Holland Park next year as well — seeing how brilliant it is'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
The Public Reviews (July 2014)


'A thoughtfully selected and wonderfully conducted (Matthew Waldren) 11 piece musical group (strings‚ some brass and wind‚ percussion and the addition of a valuable‚ and unusual‚ accordion) we’re at the usual standard of music an audience can expect from this company'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
The Upcoming (July 2014)


'The 11-piece orchestra of glorious strings knit together with more unusual sounds from the accordion‚ saxophone and flute'

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Opera Holland Park
Views from the Gods (July 2014)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren and his 11-strong orchestra do a sterling job in the heat‚ the music always delivered with gusto and skill'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
BachTrack.com (June 2014)


'(The overture) zipped along vivaciously with raucous woodwinds and spirited percussion contributions'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source.com (June 2014)


'The Overture was generously shaped and fully anticipated all the mischief waiting in the wings...he looked after the singers well and built up a fine Act one finale'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
MusicOMH.com (June 2014)


'Matthew Waldren’s conducting is highly intelligent and controlled‚ and generates some beautiful playing from the City of London Sinfonia......the cleanness and balance of sound he achieves goes a long way to generating excitement in its own right'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Today (June 2014)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren led the City of London Sinfonia through a sparkling overture...there was much attention to detail...the string ensemble was good‚ and the woodwind and horn solos sang warmly'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Plays To See (June 2014)


'The musical directing [is] superb and the performance provides all the hilarity you could expect from Rossini‚ and sometimes more'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
Seen & Heard International (June 2014)


'Matthew Waldren did a great job in keeping the arias and big set piece numbers on track. I loved the orchestra’s mock heroics‚ playfulness and winning exuberance in the overture (the woodwind section were particularly good). Waldren provided a very attentive accompaniment to the principals and set piece numbers were superb – I loved the way the the Act 1 finale was allowed to build nicely into a frothy‚ riotous piece of high camp'

Il barbiere di Siviglia‚ Opera Holland Park
What’s On Stage.com (June 2014)


'The City of London Sinfonia responded well to Matthew Waldren’s baton‚ his apt tempo choices and a persuasive musical momentum. The strings were on gleaming form'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera (September 2013)


'Matthew Waldren’s sympathetic music direction went a considerable distance in making this a very cultivated Pecheurs...The conductor Matthew Waldren did well to avoid the saccharine in a score with such a penchant for prettiness‚ and I much admired the way in which he folded in the reappearances of the the big duet tune to give the drama an unexpected sense of direction and psychological truth. The City of London Sinfonia’s playing was responsive and stylish'

Strekosa I Muravej‚ Tête à Tête
Planet Hugill (August 2013)


'Matthew Waldren was ably in control‚ getting a fine performance from the instrumental ensemble and ensuring the whole show ran without a hitch'

Strekosa I Muravej‚ Tête à Tête
Plays to See.com (August 2013)


'The orchestra was the highlight of the evening. The music‚ composed by Brian Hosefros‚ ws absolutely fantastic; a breath-taking blend of mainly strings and woodwind‚ resulting in haunting melodies which were very tense at times. The strings were plucked‚ macabre and insect-like...Conductor Matthew Waldren was captivating to watch [displaying] confidence with the chillingly evocative pieces'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
BachTrack.com (June 2013)


'The music provides a host of situations in which to display some of the fondest harmonic and orchestral subtleties - all of which are nicely brought to the fore in the current Opera Holland Park production by the City of London Sinfonia under the young baton of Matthew Waldren...By any measure‚ the best performance came from the orchestra. It was there‚ in the pit‚ that Bizet’s eclectic score tried hardest to come out fully in all its various‚ intermingling‚ contrasting facets‚ supplying...musical cunning'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source.com (June 2013)


'The City of London Sinfonia...under Matthew Waldren‚ a dynamic musician who won his spurs at OHP as an exceptional chorus-master between 2009 and 2011. It is typical of this company to keep faith with its home-grown talent and the young conductor repaid the investment handsomely. He shaped Bizet’s score with great sensitivity‚ alive to its exotic colours‚ and keen to display the melodic orchestrations to their best advantage. The players responded with style....Pace and dynamics were ideal: Waldren is a talent to watch'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Musical Criticism.com (June 2013)


'It would be disastrously bad form to not mention the evocative playing of the City of London Sinfonia‚ conducted by Matthew Waldren. The young conductor brought out the subtleties of Bizet’s score with aptitude seemingly beyond his years: tempi were well chosen--especially for that oh-so-famous duet/theme that runs rampant throughout--and he led the chorus through their difficult moments with style'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Britannia.com (June 2013)


'Throughout the evening Matthew Waldren drew lovely playing from the City of London Sinfonia'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Opera Today (June 2013)


'The City of London Sinfonia summoned up a surprisingly rich array of tints and shades under the proficient baton of Matthew Waldren. The woodwind and string soloists rose admirably to their respective challenges and there was some wonderfully soft playing from the horns'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Oxford Times (June 2013)


'Les Pecheurs de Perles‚ a musical treat under the baton of Matthew Waldren'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Planet Hugill (June 2013)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren was highly sympathetic accompanist. He didn’t drag things out and allow the big tunes to become self-indulgent‚ but he allowed the singers great flexibility which counted a lot towards our enjoyment. Hearing a fine singer shaping a line and bringing small rubatos to phrases is one of life’s pleasures in this sort of music. Waldren was aided and abetted by the City of London Sinfonia‚ who brought great style to their performance. Les Pecheurs is [an] opera which critics love to chunter about. But here‚ Waldren and Platt [dir.] paid it the compliment of taking the work seriously. They and their cast performed it with winning directness which was rightly popular with the audience'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
The Arts Desk.com (June 2013)


'Conductor Matthew Waldren directs an efficient reading‚ getting lovely clarity from the strings and some beautifully blended work from the horns‚ and musically this is an enjoyable evening...Meantime‚ it’s a show worth hearing'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
The Daily Telegraph (June 2013)


'Matthew Waldren takes it all very seriously and draws attractive playing from the City of London Sinfonia'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
The Independent (June 2013)


'Matthew Waldren extracts some very fine singing and playing from his chorus and orchestra‚ whose violist‚ oboist and harpist rise nobly to their respective challenges...musically it’s pretty much the biz'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
The Times (June 2013)


'In the pit‚ the conductor Matthew Waldren...has an ear for Bizet’s silky textures and is a steady hand'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
Time Out (June 2013)


'But it’s conductor Matthew Waldren and the City of London Sinfonia who best exploit the score’s lush sonorities and provide the evening’s richest pleasures'

Les pêcheurs de perles‚ Opera Holland Park
What’s On Stage.com (June 2013)


'Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers‚ which closed last weekend‚ was a musical delight from start to finish‚ conducted by young Matthew Waldren'

Gianni Schicchi‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source.com (July 2012)


'Matthew Waldren encouraged the City of London Sinfonia to deliver its contribution to the coruscating humour as well as to the sentimentality of the piece'

Zanetto / Gianni Schicchi‚ Opera Holland Park
Mark Ronan.com (July 2012)


'charming lyricism...the music swelled forth...superb conducting by young Associate Conductor Matthew Waldren'

Zanetto‚ Opera Holland Park
Classical Source.com (July 2012)


'The changes of mood in the musical paragraphs and the instrumental colourings which accompanied them were allowed to register without undue haste...Matthew Waldren conducted what amounted to a chamber orchestra with restraint and refinement'

Zanetto‚ Opera Holland Park
Planet Hugill (July 2012)


'Under conductor Matthew Waldren‚ the City of London Sinfonia sang their way through Mascagni’s score‚ giving the long breathed melodies life'

Fantastic Mr Fox‚ Opera Holland Park
StageWon (July 2011)


'Matthew Waldren excels in leading a fiercely talented medley of musicians; the entire troop work in harmony with one another to create a brilliant sound which fleets across stage to each scene'