Korngold, Tchaikovsky / Oxford Philharmonic
"Although the two works programmed in this concert were featured on the basis that fate intervened calamitously in the lives of their composers, the compositions themselves exhibited a thrilling defiance of that, made all the more tangible by the energetic direction of Jamie Phillips on the podium . . ."
". . . Phillips wisely led a more reticent interpretation of the work [Korngold’s Violin Concerto] so that its more symphonic character came out rather than simply constituting a medley of hit themes from Korngold’s back catalogue of film music."
". . . this overall taut and high-spirited account of the Symphony [Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5] told greatly in its favour, vindicating Phillips’s ardent vision of it."
Seen and Heard International, March 2019
Mozart, Casken, Prokofiev / Hallé Orchestra
"Phillips shaped this performance with clear affection, giving the impression that he was telling the audience a new story and eliciting fine performances from his players . . . Prokofiev uses a huge orchestra and the Bridgewater Hall stage was full. The balance can be tricky but under Phillips’ direction the melodies emerged successfully from the orchestra in the grand first movement."
Bachtrack, March 2019
Wagner, R. Strauss / Nash Ensemble
"Most satisfying of all in the performance directed by Jamie Phillips was the unruffled serenity at the opening and close, where time appears to stand still."
Bachtrack, February 2019
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
"Phillips led the poem Dvořák wonderfully . . . The conductor has greatly emphasized the dynamic and expressive contrasts . . . Equally attractive, Phillips presented Ravel's ballet Mother Goose. It was colorful, light and graceful, and all the fairy-tale elements were properly underlined . . . It's good to hear NOSPR in such a good form!"
Klasyczna Płytoteka, January 2019