Bristol Post 2002-4

Bristol Evening Post 21 October 2002

"The often aggressive sounds of Britten's Violin Concerto had guest soloist Thomas Bowes bobbing and weaving musically and at times physically like a boxer trapped in a corner. His command of the rapidly changing testing passages never wavered, opening up the work clearly for our inspection."

Bristol Evening Post 27 April 2002

“Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto is a fiendishly difficult piece to perform yet it has its tender moments. Saturday's soloist, Thomas Bowes, covered all the emotions of this masterpiece. Even the snapping of one of his strings, which necessitated an immediate replacement, did not deter this superb artist. The first movement cadenza was particularly effective and the canzonetta had an extra sense of poignancy. The final rattled along at an appreciable speed with, however, no loss of parity from either soloist or orchestra.”

Bristol Evening Post 17 May 2004

"Thomas Bowes gave a supremely effortless reading of Brahms's Violin Concerto. A monumental first movement led to a light and flexible Adagio, ... Bowes showed a joyful flourish in the gypsy-like dance in the finale."