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Crooners – CAST, Doncaster

Writers: Roman Marek and Simon Young Directors: Roman Marek, Jim Whitley and Phil Barley Musical Directors: Jon Hibbard and Chris Hibbard Reviewer: Fiona Hannon “The era of the crooner is a dying one and many believe the crooner is soon to be extinct. This modern world does not always seem the place for men of style and vigour. Men with ...

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Space Spectacular: Star Wars and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A spacescape including an orchestra and choir

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Raymond Gubbay Ltd has long been producing concerts of popular classical music using its in-house orchestras, including tonight’s orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra. This is advertised as a Space Spectacular, comprised of music inspired by space. And it certainly is a spectacle. With over seventy musicians on stage, even Symphony Hall’s stage looks full ...

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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Clare White Just last week, Idina Menzel was introduced on ITV’s Loose Women as ‘the star of Disney’s Frozen’. Indeed, as the voice of Princess Elsa in the 2013 animated film, she was propelled to global stardom and became a household name, but Frozen is just the tip of the iceberg - Idina was a stage and screen superstar ...

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RLPO and the Bootleg Beatles Celebrate Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  David Robinson A genuine mix of nostalgia and excitement buzzes circuitously around Birmingham’s stylish Symphony Hall in readiness for a Merseyside merger, that of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles - seemingly strange bed fellows but in fact joyous allies for the night. The welcome coming together is to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Beatles ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Zhivago Theater – Brighton College, Montague Studio

Writers and Performers: Irena Filippova and Hans Visser  Reviewer: James Napleton After the October Revolution of 1917 Russia and its people would never be the same, as they became part of the world’s first communist state. The story of Doctor Zhivago for Irena and Hans is really a story about its author Boris Pasternak, the many moments in the story ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: I Will Carry You Over Hard Times – Sweet St Andrews

I will carry you over hard times

Composer and Director: Falk Hübner Performer: Maarten Zaagman Reviewer: Glen Pearce Years ago Top Of The Pops became notorious for bands, increasingly obviously, miming along to songs. As you head into I Will Carry You Over Hard Times, Falk Hübner &  Maarten Zaagman’s contribution to Brighton Fringe’s Dutch Season, it is a thought that is hard to excise from your ...

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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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