"Elegy, composed by Philip Herbert as a memorial to Stephen Lawrence, and scored for 18 strings – one for each year of the murdered teenager’s short life. Following in the tradition of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi, Herbert’s finely crafted work was sensitively and touchingly delivered."

George Hall, The Guardian


"He showed intelligent and imaginative musicianship in dealing with a difficult programme which included the late Beethoven Sonata in A flat, Op. 110. His playing revealed a grasp of style, a grasp of structure and consistently good quality tone."

The late Kendall Taylor, CBE., FRCM,. Hon RAM,. Vice President and Professor of The Royal College of Music


Quotes about Ballare to Dance: 

 "...this concert will make a considerable impact and contribute greatly to the artistic landscape of the United Kingdom"

Errolyn Wallen MBE


“I have had the great pleasure to work with Philip Herbert for the past three years. I have been hugely impressed by Phillip’s scholarship in the task of unearthing rarely heard music, and in his enterprise in finding performance opportunities. I have also very much enjoyed Phillip’s own music, which has a deeply expressive musical core...”

Gillian Moore MBE. Head of Contemporary Culture, South Bank Centre, London


“Lee Payne's (of Sky Tv's Got to Dance) nimble foot work contributes another layer of percussion to the performance”.

Pukaar Magazine


"I am excited by the opportunity to celebrate the International spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where I collaborate with some of the finest musicians in the UK, in a musical tour around the world. I hope that those who attend this concert will feel connected to the broader cultural and human expressions embodied in the music that is heard in this concert."

Philip Herbert, Composer


“Through a colourful soundscape of classical music scores, seasoned with strong world music flavours”

Philip Herbert, Composer


Vox-Pops about Ballare to Dance:


"Philip Herbert has put Leicester on the map. Ballare: To Dance is a great symbol of heritage, bringing continents together" -

Cllr Manjula Sood MBE


"That was absolutely fantastic" -

Jo Hollis  BBC Radio


"You have definitely inspired another generation"

Ben Hollis (13 yrd Old)


"I thought the whole evening was magic and inspiring. Philip is such a talented Composer" -

Cllr Ted Cassidy MBE


"It was indeed a pleasure being there last night to witness such amazing talents" -  

Beverly Lindsay  OBE  OD


"It surpassed all my expectations and was a wonderful evening"

"Absolutely brilliant. Loved the mixture of music and dance, sitar etc., When will this cultural mixture be repeated?"

"Excellent! The fusion was simply amazing!"

"I wish it didn't stop......I wanted it to keep going on".........

"I was fascinated by all of the music. What I loved the most, was how he mixes the sounds of world cultures and the way the dance fits into it........."

"I love classical music, but Ballare and Timescale Ensemble enchanted me with the heritage......."

"I am taking a memorable experience back with me - thank you Philip Herbert......."

"I couldn't believe how well the sitar and the violins complemented each other - it flowed so well together and took me to another world"

"It was a brilliant composition by Philip Herbert, mixing African and Western Classical Music......."