Press quotes:

"...the orchestra was given over to Stephen Bell who conducted with the assurance of someone with considerable experience of special concerts like this."

·       Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International, July 2008

BBC Proms / Stephen Bell / BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall.

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"Holst, Wagner, and Prokofiev were played crisply and excitingly by the BBC Philharmonic under Stephen Bell..."

·       Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, July 2008

BBC Proms / Stephen Bell / BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall.

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"Definitely the highlight of the whole Festival."

·       Bernard Lee, Sheffield Telegraph. May 2003

Elgar Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Bell / Lindsays performing Bach, Schoenberg, Elgar & Strauss
"Music in the Round" Festival, Crucible Studio, Sheffield.

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"A fine sense of involvement from all the players."

"....played with total control and virtuosity....great warmth and affection."

·       Neil Black, Double Reed News. Spring 2004

“A thoughtful collection deftly performed”

·       Andrew Clements, The Guardian. January 2004

“The string playing neat and polished”

“Stephen Bell’s accompaniments with the excellent Elgar Chamber Orchestra could not be more stylish.”

·       Ivan March, The Gramophone. February 2004.

Ruth Bolister (oboe) / Elgar Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Bell
ASV recording CDA 1173

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“His reading of the Second Symphony was truly majestic in quality and dimension”

·       Mark Gale, Mid Sussex Times. March 2003

Brahms Symphony no2. Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra / Stephen Bell. Brighton Dome.

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“A lustrous recording , warm , natural and transparent. Very highly recommended.” 

·       Penguin Guide Rosette star

English Oboe Concertos disc