"What moved me so profoundly and brought the joy so easily was Fredrich Gulda's cello concerto, conducted by Mark (Keith) Lockhart and soloed by Benjamin Hughes whose sensitivity as a great player was mixed with authority and preciseness. What could easily get into your system was a joyous "mish mash" (Lockhart's words) of the Viennese swing and marches, flickering sounds of woodwinds on the background which elaborate the tense presence of cello. It was good enough to literally overshadow what was followed in the

"One of the most unique shows billed on the London Jazz Festival programme, an evening of Classical Jazz fusion with renowned clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings and the ever prominent, BBC concert orchestra. The first half of the show saw principal cellist Benjamin Hughes, perform Friedrich Gulda’s technically challenging ‘Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra’. In pin drop silence the audience were held by the cellist’s impressive skills, including his praiseworthy use of harmonics." ...Sarika

Scottish Chamber Orchestra:

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh 

"The Sonata in F minor for recorder and continuo ended the first half. In the rippling Allegro and Vivace the recorder was in its element. Resonant playing from Benjamin Hughes on cello reinforced a continuo line that was always more than simple accompaniment."

BBC Concert Orchestra at Grange Park Opera: (Massenet, Don Quichotte)

"one ravishing cello solo"...Richard Morrison, The Times

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