Tsunami of Excitement
Following on from its sensational performance for the invitation-only Gala Opening Concert in September 2011, the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Nicholas Milton performed its first subscription concerts in its impressive new home, the Concert Hall of The Concourse on October 7 and October 9, 2011. The program included Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Willoughby Symphony Choir and soloists. Both concerts sold out within a number of days of tickets opening for general sale and, despite sold-out notices placed over all posters, over 400 people were turned away from the two concerts due to the extraordinary demand for this momentous event.
"The climax of the evening was an all-stops-out performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 during which conductor Nicholas Milton whipped up a positive tsunami of excitement that took the capacity audience along with it so persuasively that the ensuing applause was enthusiastic and of considerable duration." (North Shore Times, 14.10.2011)