"Garry Walker’s pacing and balance of this and every dramatic confrontation is impeccable. Walker and the Orchestra of Opera North makes Bizet’s glorious musical score sounds as if the ink had barely dried."
— Ilkley Gazette
"Walker painted vivid pictures but also told the story. It was a case of balancing the special effects of the orchestration with the pacing of the whole. He coaxed all the voluptuary shapes in the broad string melodies, made the dances nimble and crisp, and vaulted the tricky transitions in single bounds. He never pushed and made the cinematic climaxes the old-fashioned way, by earning them."
— Orange County Register
"One of Britain's most promising young conductors."
— The Independent
“Garry Walker’s conducting is exemplary.”
— The Guardian
“Under Garry Walker's expert guidance, the orchestra drew a wide range of colours and textures from Sawer's score, giving as thrilling and committed performance as the singers on stage and making the piece really count.”
— Opera Today
"Garry Walker's cool-headed direction was thrilling."
— The Times
“Walker is a dynamic conductor who didn’t let the musical momentum flag all evening. He bookended the Prokofiev concerto with two early symphonies of Russian masters Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, imbuing both with youthful vigor and freshness.”
— Salt Lake Tribune
“The revelation of the evening’s performance was Garry Walker: not only did he show theatrical antennae in his conducting of the Britten Sinfonia but he also allowed us to sense the dramatic volcano underlying MacRae’s instrumental writing.”
— Financial Times
"Garry Walker was absolutely at the top of his form in an interpretation that projected the sheer beauty of the work."
— The Herald
"[Garry Walker] has an already firm grip on [Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony] outline and he obtained a performance of undoubtedly high quality."
— Edinburgh Evening News
"With Garry Walker in storming form to direct his old band, they turned out a stonking concert that was electrifying to experience and a thrill to review."
— The Herald
"The composers have conductor Garry Walker's safe pair of hands to thank."
— The Scotsman
"In this concert, Walker's first main-season event since his appointment as principal guest conductor of the RSNO, there was a palpable reciprocal pride and confidence between players and conductor. Anyone wondering whether he could bring a much-needed breath of fresh air into the RSNO's playing would have been left in no doubt by the end of this concert. Walker brought suppleness, variety and a definite sting to the music."
— The Telegraph
"[Garry] Walker has proved to be one of the most versatile conductors around."
— Classical Music