As part of the Well-Dressing Festival at Stoney Middleton a concert was held in the octagonal Parish Church on Sunday, 25th July 1999. The church was packed as usual for this annual event and the Tideswell Male Voice Choir entertained and sang to their usual high standard. This year the soloist was flautist, Andrew Darlison who gave an outstanding performance. The wonderful acoustics of this unusual building allowed Andrew to display the full potential of his instrument. His quiet, legato playing could only be described as extremely beautiful. A truly magnificent start to the the week's festivities.
Chris Senior, musical director - Tideswell Male Voice Choir
The best I've ever heard it [Brian Ferneyhough's Cassandra's Dream Song] played.
Andrew Darlison has given several workshops on multiphonics and advanced flute technques at Exeter College. These workshops are always very well received by the students.
Andrew has a quiet confidence and relaxed presence making difficult concepts and contemporary repertoire accessible, stimulating and interesting. I thoroughly recommend him to any interested music departments.
Stephen Gordon music lecturer, Exeter College.
Mr Andrew Darlison gave a recital at King's Hall in this University (Newcastle) last 3rd February, accompanied by the pianist Philip Thomas.
On that occasion Messrs Darlison and Thomas offered us a challenging programme, containing a heavier component of contemporary music than would be usual for the King's Hall lunchtime audience.
The Darlison/Thomas duo displayed an extremely friendly and approachable attitude in their spoken introductions. They explained the pieces in a way that most listeners could understand, winning over the more guarded contingent. The recital went very well indeed, and the applause was long and warm.
Clearly none of the above would be worth mentioning if Messrs Darlison and Thomas were not musicians of impressive calibre, both with great technical and expressive command of their respective instruments.
Dr. A. Fernandez, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, Dept. of Music