Press Reviews

Find out what the critics have had to say....

NEW YORK TIMES, April 2009 - Swan Lake

The ballet benefited enormously from Benjamin Pope’s sensitive


Visit Gent, February 2009 - Swan Lake

Benjamin Pope leads the Brussels Philharmonic to unsurpassed heights

Classical Source - Sylvia

Under Benjamin Pope, who clearly both loves and understands

this work, the Royal Opera Orchestra plays superbly and relishes

Délibes’s lush creation.

THE TIMES, Edinburgh International Festival 2009

Purcell played beautifully,by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

- conducted by Benjamin Pope

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Edinburgh International Festival 2009

The music is wonderful...a potent mix of Purcell played beautifully

by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Benjamin Pope)

THE INDEPENDENT, Edinburgh International Festival 2009

The music...Purcell, a fine performance by the Scottish Chamber

Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Pope

SUNDAY HERALD, Edinburgh International Festival 2009

The magisterial music of Purcell, played exquisitely by the

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - conducted by Benjamin Pope


The country’s leading orchestra, de Filharmonie, conducted by Benjamin Pope, one of the continuous joys of the evening


Performing this score for the first time, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra were led by the baton of the energetic Benjamin Pope....a conductor working in osmosis with the dancers....


An exceptional feature of the evening: the interpretation of  Tchaikovsky by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of  Benjamin Pope


One of the highlights of the performance was the collaboration of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the renowned British conductor, Benjamin Pope

OLDHAM CHRONICLE, December 2010 - Hallé Orchestra

Yet another sparkling performance...Pope called on his skills to conduct a brilliant and exacting performance...Pope’s personable character added to the enjoyment as he chatted away in-between pieces, regaling his audience with amusing tales...A wonderful evening, with a well-chosen programme

Culture Norther Ireland, February 2011 - Cinderella

The orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Pope,  give a marvellous performance and add much to the production


The orchestra, under Benjamin Pope’s impassioned conducting, play superbly, with a welcome fullness of tone, and a clear commitment to their music


English National Ballet are fortunate to have Benjamin Pope in charge of the orchestra

THE GUARDIAN - Cardoon Club

Benjamin Pope’s 60s pastiche score provides the most

obviously dancey sounds of the evening

de STANDAARD - April 2012

Arvo Pårt’s Tabula Rasa, beautifully played by The Royal Flemish Philharmonic under the musical direction of Benjamin Pope


An extravagance of pin-up poses, jazz, and Buzby Berkeley, aided by Benjamin Pope’s wryly outrageous collage of  1960s lounge music, blues and psychedelic rock


A captivating evening, much enhanced by the orchestra’s performance under the baton of Benjamin Pope

Seen & Heard International - July 2011

Wonderful conducting throughout the evening by

Benjamin Pope

PRESS & JOURNAL - SCOTLAND, January 2011 - Cinderella

Prokofiev’s score, brilliantly played by the Scottish Ballet

Orchestra under Benjamin Pope’s expert baton

de STANDAARD - April 2012

An ambitious programme, with brilliant music

OLDHAM CHRONICLE, May 2012 - Hallé Orchestra

....with the magnificent Halle orchestra providing the sounds and

vocal duo Gary Williams and Rachel Weston providing the words,
but a stroke of genius, courtesy of conductor Benjamin Pope, made an enjoyable night into something rather special....


Conducted by the excellent Benjamin Pope...under his baton the Orchestra of the Royal Opera house played beautifully and for that reason alone he made the cost of a ticket well worth the expense

The score under Benjamin Pope was everything it should be, glowing with colour, charming us utterly

The music of course beautifully played under Benjamin Pope

The Delibes score, meanwhile, one of the most compelling in classical ballet (Tchaikovsky thought it better than Swan Lake) is delivered with all the sweep and colour of 19th Century Paris under the baton of Benjamin Pope

Delibes shimmering score sets the scene (credit here to the conductor Benjamin Pope

Delibes’ expressive music - conducted with brio by Benjamin Pope - it’s a delight

The superb Benjamin Pope conducted Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

The conductor, Benjamin Pope (simply brilliant), received the most thunderous ovation of all during the curtain calls

Beautiful...delightfully conducted by Benjamin Pope who interprets this classis piece with intelligence

The music is Benjamin Pope’s good hands

Benjamin Pope and the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin entwined us in the music of the Delibes score, making a fine sound

Herman Lovenskiold’s score may be trite, but Benjamin Pope’s conducting gives it irresistible charm.   Herman Lovenskjold La Sylphine Rupert Christiansen

Musical Opinion - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO has seldom sounded so good, playing with particular virtuosity, inspired by Benjamin Pope, athletically and energetically conducting Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture

Delibes glorious score was stylishly played by the orchestra under Benjamin Pope.  no wonder the audience seemed to come out of the Royal Opera House with one big happy smile on its face Rupert Christiansen Coppelia

The Royal Ballet’s staging of Coppelia was made by Ninette de Valois 52 years ago, and it is as near perfect as we can expect in this vale of tears.  It has delightful designs by Osbert Lancaster, and in this current revival the miracle of Delibes score is admirably displayed by the orchestra under Benjamin Pope.  I grew up as a ballet-goer under Constant Lamert’s baton in the 1940’s, and Lambert taught audiences and dancers alike that the score must guide interpretation not least by its rigours (no helpful hanging about, no cosy rallentandos when the ballerina wants to show off). So Benjamin Pope whose grand account of Sylvia last season brought the staging vividly to life. Clement Crisp Financial TImes

Leo Delibes gorgeous score with its folksy but sophisticated melodies and buoyant rhythms is as irresistible as a second meringue...movingly played by the orchestra under Benjamin Pope. Sunday Telegraph Coppelia

Under conductor Benjamin Pope the Delibes music is a dleight recalling Tchaikovsky’s comment that if he’d heard Delibes first he’d have never composed Swan Lake -  Sylvia

Rachmaninov’s massive 2nd Symphony.  Conductor Benjamin Pope brought an epic and very Russian vision to the work, the strings in particular having to lose their inhibitions and play as if their lives depended on it.  Overall it was a performance of huge energy and drive, exhilarating for both players and audience and culminating in suitably tumultous applause

And laurels to Benjamin Pope, under whose baton the score shone, sang, was witty and was authentically Delibes.  Clemetn Crisp Financial Times Sylvia

The revelation of that performance, however, was how Ben Pope, conducting, revealed the glory of Delibes score

The attractive little orchestra flashes through Tchaikovsky’s magical music under Ben Pope’s baton with some beautifully played solos Nutcracker Daily Telegraph

The Car Man Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles: Benjamin Pope conducted the orchestra dazzlingly Los Angeles LA Curtain Up

Stravinsky Apollo Orpheus Symphony of Psalms

Benjamin Pope conducts the Flemish Radio Orchestra (Brussels Philharmonic) with intelligence

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