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Friday Night Classics: Classic FM Smooth Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Presenter: John Brunning Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Once again, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), in its guise as Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, presents an evening of light classics, this time inspired by ‘smooth classics’ as broadcast by tonight’s presenter, John Brunning in his daily Smooth Classics at Seven programme. So what is a ‘smooth ...

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Richard Thompson: The Solo Tour – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The format for ‘solo’ shows by rock artists is well-established. The stage will feature a wall of guitars each carefully tuned to be used for a specific song and there will be a variety of other instruments, such as keyboards, to add texture.  For Richard Thompson The Solo Tour means what it says on the tin- you ...

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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Michael Kiwanuka has come a long way since being championed by Adele in 2011, winning BBC Sound of 2012, from the release of his debut album Home Again’ to the stratospheric reception of his second album Love & Hate’ in 2016 which received nominations for Best Album from the Mercury Prize, the MOBOs, and BBC Music. Kiwanuka ...

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Little Mix: Glory Days Tour – Echo Arena, Liverpool  

Reviewer Helen Patrick The return of all-girl group Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock) to Merseyside with their Glory Days Tour, ensure once again that the Echo Arena is filled to capacity, ensuring an electrifying atmosphere, which enthrals its mixed aged audience from the first to last beat. Joining Little Mix for the whole tour is Lina an American-Palestinian-Israeli who ...

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The Musical Box: The Black Show – The Lowry, Salford

Music by Genesis Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Spontaneity is the heart of live music. The live environment gives musicians the chance to surprise their audiences by re-working their recorded material or by paying tribute to those who inspired them by covering songs written by others. The Musical Box work contrary to this principle The Musical Box is a French-Canadian group that ...

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Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest “It’s 51 years but was 50 when we started the tour” Dweezil Zappa informs the highly excited and vocal Lyric theatre this evening: It would appear that Zappa has a few naming issues to deal with at the moment which go far beyond the title of his latest tour. Zappa is locked in an ugly, murky but ...

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