Wales Arts Review, April 2018
Guitarists Julian Vickers and Dan Bovey opened with the first movement of Piazzolla’s Tango Suite. The lightness and delicacy of their playing, together with the immediately-evident strong rapport between the two of them, set the tone for an evening of superb music-making.
Locating contemporary pieces amongst music from earlier times always helps an audience to feel comfortable and so more able to appreciate new and potentially challenging music. The courtly dance of Rameau’s Musette en Rondeau was a perfect choice in this respect. This and the following Le Rappel des Oiseaux with its imitations of birdcalls, both transcriptions of harpsichord music for guitar, were utterly charming.
These two players breathed as one, drawing the audience in and creating a calmness within which the textures of the piece which they played next, William Marsey’s gentle Chorale, could expand and take their place in the room. This piece, commissioned for the Vickers Bovey Duo by Listenpony in 2015, followed on quite naturally from the Rameau pieces written nearly 300 years before. See the full article here.
Leamington Courier, July 2017
Classical guitarists Vickers and Bovey could not have dreamed of a more peaceful venue than the delightful Ullenhall Church set amidst the silent fields of mid Warwickshire. During an intense first half of their relentlessly expressive concert, not a single cough, not a birdsong, not a traffic noise – just one bleat from a distant sheep was heard. This gave the duo the most perfect platform to impress with precision delivering a classical guitar exhibition of note. Clive Peacock. See the full article here.
Latest Brighton, May 2017
‘Informative, entertaining and exquisitely performed, this programme by acoustic guitar duo Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey introduced us to an unfamiliar genre with its specialist composers. In perfect synchrony, linked by occasional smiles and expressive eyebrows, these accomplished young masters of their instrument took us through a wonderful musical landscape, sometimes so quietly that we could hear a local blackbird and a squabble of sparrows in the background. The whole programme was delightful but Piazzolla’s Tango Suite in particular was thrilling, especially the Andante rubato! I’ve already found them on YouTube and look forward to their returning to Brighton, soon! ★★★★★ Andrew Connal. See the article here.
The Sunday Times, February 2017
‘Even Michael Finnissy’s Normal Deviates, premiered by the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo, and filling its eight minutes with what seemed in this account – they play with astounding exquisiteness and unanimity – a sort of “divine chit-chat” (to borrow Coleridge’s praise of Cowper), was an avowal of belief, if only in the sanctity of tradition: that of the Robert Dowland lute fantasias he has scientifically adapted. Finnissy the iconoclast has been a true believer all along. Paul Driver. See the full article here.
The Tillett Trust, February 2017
The audience at the YAP showcase held at Wigmore Hall earlier this month as part of the Monday Platform series were treated to star performances by the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo and violinist Emily Sun & pianist Jennifer Hughes. In the first half of the concert the guitars included in their programme a late 20th century piece by Nikita Koshkin and a newly commissioned work from Michael Finnissy, holding the listener captive by the subtlety and persuasiveness of their interpretations of music from across the ages. In the second half of the programme Emily and Jennifer showed virtuosity and bravura in performances of contrasting violin & piano sonatas by Schubert and Strauss. It was an outstanding evening of music making and one which will be remembered as being amongst the best in the history of YAP showcases.
St. Stephen’s Festival of Arts & Faith, July 2016
On Thursday the guitar duo of Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey picked their programme from the early nineteenth century to the present day. A Concertino by Nikita Koshkin caught the attention of the audience with its haunting atmosphere, whilst Ravel’s Pavane was typical of this duo’s unanimity of thought and ability to conjure up a musical picture pertinent to the environment of each piece. Adrian Edwards.
Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser, November 2015
The complex interplay between the instruments was assured and comfortable. Rich chordal work was well balanced against the nimble flowing passages, and there was an almost hypnotic connection between the players. Gary Hickey.
Leamington Courier, December 2014
The concert audience enjoyed the innovation they showed in their transcriptions of works by Albéniz and Granados…most sensitively played. (Vickers Bovey) provided a second half full of intrigue and innuendo, (before) an enchanting encore. They will be very welcome back in Leamington. Rating 9/10. Clive Peacock. Full review here.
Gerald Garcia’s Grab Bag, October 2014
‘…Julian Vickers and Dan Bovey (also former NYGE alumni) on the Young Artist Platform. Wonderful musicianship and exciting playing and a great taster for the main event that evening. I particularly enjoyed the Vickers Bovey performance of Pierre Petit’s Toccata and Joe Cutler’s Every Day Music, which was given its World Premiere’.
Gerald Garcia. See the full review on Gerald’s blog here.
The Daily Telegraph, July 2014
‘Ryan Probert’s 36 Views of Mt Fuji (of which we heard 10 or so) were more charmingly Satie-like in their oddity, and played with truly uncanny unanimity by guitarists Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey’. Ivan Hewett, See the full review here.
Frontiers+ Festival, April 2014
‘Ryan Probert’s 36 views of Mount Fuji were given a beautiful and delicate performance by the Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo, both composer and performers are ones to watch’.
Barnes Concert, April 2014
‘My favourite was probably Riversong. I thought you both captured the quixotic lyricism beautifully, creating a placid pulse which allowed the music to eddy without loss of forward-motion. A balance which Stephen’s gestural style doesn’t always make it easy to achieve, as I know from playing the harpsichord music.’ Michael Maxwell Steer.
Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser, November 2013
‘Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey are obviously extraordinary players individually, but as a duo they are exceptional. They displayed an astonishing range of tone colours, rhythmic precision, meticulous attention to detail and watchful interplay’.
Peter Thomas. The full review for the Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser can be seen here:
Mark Eden, June 2013
‘One of the most exciting guitar duos I have recently heard. They have beautifully effortless techniques, musicality in abundance, and that special ingredient that makes them stand out… originality!’ Mark Eden.