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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Three men and a tree

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North's programme at the Howard Assembly Room continues to offer high-quality performances in jazz no less than in chamber music, vocal recitals and world music. The concert by the Brad Mehldau Trio was highly impressive, gathering momentum as the evening progressed, but not quite what was promised. As often these days, the concert was billed as ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Burning Gadulka – Sweet Venues Dukebox

Writer: Rayko Baychev Director: Milena Aneva Reviewer: James Napleton For those who don’t know the hardship of being a Gadulka player in the 21st Century Miro Kokenov is here to educate. The Burning Gadulka is a witty, charming and emotive performance exploring the view of a musician in a Bulgaria folk orchestra. It is a lonely life. Kokenov is painfully aware of ...

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Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Blonde woman in farm setting

Writer: Courtney Act Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Australian drag superstar Courtney Act returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her latest one-queen show, The Girl from Oz. Following an incredibly successful holiday show in the same venue, Act’s latest show takes the audience on a journey through popular songs written and/or performed by Aussies. Teaching the audience how to speak Australian-English, ...

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Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, Live at Zédel, London

Blonde woman smiling to camera

Musical Director: Jason Carr Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by Jonathan Harvey based ...

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Russell Watson and his Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Russell Watson was famously discovered singing Presley covers in northern Working Men’s clubs. When a club secretary suggested he have a go at Nessun Dorma and, despite Watson not having had any classical singing training, a career was born. And since then Watson has ruled supreme in the classical crossover arena, equally at home crooning or singing ...

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Genesis Revisited and Classic Hackett – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It was a little over 40 years ago, in December 1976, that Genesis released their eighth studio album Wind & Wuthering. This came at a time of considerable change in the band – it had been pronounced dead by many in the music industry following the departure of lead singer, Peter Gabriel in 1975, sprang back to ...

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Kate Dimbleby presents Songbirds – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Kate Dimbleby Director: Katy Carmichael Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Cabaret singer Kate Dimbleby is on a quest to find her voice. After many years making work about other people’s stories and voices, Songbirds is a pared-back solo show exploring Dimbleby’s own story, using (mainly) the power of her own voice. With a loop pedal, microphone and visual projections, Dimbleby ...

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