Reviews: Sarah-Jane Bradley
"Sarah-Jane Bradley was an ardent,committed soloist"
The Strad, March 2004 (Matthews)
"Exceptional achievement…superb recital"
The Strad,December 2002 (Wigmore Hall)
"A ravishing viola solo"
Musical Opinion,January 2003 (Wigmore Hall)
"Exceptional…Bradley is an adventurous artist…Every whisper of the bow was loaded with insight and intelligence"
The Strad, August 1997 (Wigmore Hall)
"A fine viola and piano duo"
The Daily Telegraph, August 1998 (Critic's Choice)
"Sarah-Jane Bradley makes a strong impression in the prominent solos of (Shostakovich) Quartet no.13"
BBC Music Magazine, January 2002
"Performances from violist Sarah-Jane Bradley and pianist Jonathan Ayerst were musicianly and committed"
Birmingham Post, August 2002
"Sarah-Jane Bradley has a very romantic sound which I kept in mind all the time I was writing"
David Matthews on Winter Remembered, Classical Music July 2002
"Sarah-Jane Bradley brought a gloriously expressive tone to its lamenting but expansive lines"
Musical Opinion, January 2004 (Matthews)
"An identifiably Schubertian Gemutlichkeit-a chestnuts-by-the-fireside conviviality-that was ideally captured in Sarah-Jane Bradley's sympathetic playing"
The Evening Standard, November 2003 (Matthews)
"Dedicatee Sarah-Jane Bradley played with assurance and a real appreciation of the solo line's connective role in the musical discourse.The cadenza was elegantly phrased.."
Classical Source, August 2002 (Matthews Premiere)
"Since its formation in 1991, the Leopold String Trio has had the viola player Sarah-Jane Bradley as it's musical conscience. Now she is going solo and in her husband Jonathan Ayerst she has a powerful piano partner…Bradley's performances of the (York Bowen) C minor sonata have been revelatory...A viola player worth listening out for."
Gramophone Talent Scout, December 1999
"Playing the viola as well as Sarah-Jane Bradley does is no joke…she was the moving spirit behind the Leopold String Trio from its foundation in 1991; but this season sees her going solo. Her marriage to Jonathan Ayerst has provided her with a virtuoso piano partner…Bradley's performances of the (York Bowen) sonata have evoked comparisons with Lionel Tertis for depth and quality of tone"
The Strad, "Stars for the Future" January 2000
"Sarah-Jane Bradley's accomplished viola shone through in much of the music, offering a rare opportunity to appreciate one of the Cinderellas of the instrumental scene"
The Scotsman, April 1997
"Courageous playing…one of Britain's most promising players"
The Strad 1995
"When she dug into the C string for the second subject of the first movement(York Bowen) I immediately thought ‘Tertis!'"
The Strad, October 1995 (St. John's Smith Square)
"Ravishing renderings of the two final movements of York Bowen's C minor sonata"
The Strad, December 1994 (Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition)
"A performance that shows thousands of colours in the spectacular 5/8 Rondo Finale"
CD Compact Spain, February 1995