Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
O Duo
Percussion Duo
BBT Special Commissioning Award 2008

O Duo - Press

Stephen McNeff ConcertO Duo, commissioned for O Duo by BBT and BBC, premiered at the BBC Symphony Orchestra 80th Birthday concert

“Stephen McNeff’s ConcertO Duo, written for the outrageously talented percussionists O Duo (Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell) plays to their strengths by exploiting split-second timing and staggering virtuosity on anything that could reasonably be hit with a stick.”
Barry Millington London Evening Standard 25.10.10

“It [ConcertO Duo] was written for the O Duo percussion duo, who really are the most astonishing double act, running back and forth between the two huge batteries without missing a beat… the slow movement, where the percussionists draped ribbons of sound over the orchestra’s song, was nicely judged.”
Ivan Hewett Daily Telegraph 25.10.10

“Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox brought a tremendous amount of energy and sense of fun to the piece… this was an engaging work that made imaginative use of the instruments and staging, from whistles and untuned percussion recalling a carnival dance, to the more dark, funereal atmosphere created by tubular bells. As composer Stephen McNeff reminds us, ‘a concerto is designed to let the soloists show off’ and, performing with great flair and precision, O duo certainly did this in the best sense.”
Hannah Gill, Bachtrack 24.10.10