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Beatlemania – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp It’s been fifty years since the Beatles released their debut album Please Please me, before going on to dominate the charts throughout the world and became the greatest, most successful act in the history of popular music. A superb performance at the Whitley Bay Playhouse took the audience on a tour of hits throughout the years, ...

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CBSO: From the Danube to the Rhine – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Zazushi Ono Reviewer: Sam Chipman After the "Tragic" Fourth Symphony in C minor, in which Schubert was showing signs of development towards a romantic symphony, his Fifth Symphony reverted back to a more conventionally classical symphony although the availability of certain instruments in his amateur orchestra seems likely to have influenced this. Kazushi Ono leads the CBSO with much ...

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Straight No Chaser: The Happy Hour Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Maley US all-male a capella group Straight No Chaser may not be very well-known on these shores, but their Happy Hour Tour comes to Salford’s Lowry hot on the heels of the group’s fourth album, Under The Influence, which features duets with music industry names including Dolly Parton, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Originally formed in 1996 while ...

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NEWS: Creators of British folk-rock embark on UK tour

Formed in the swinging sixties, Fairport Convention are widely thought of as the most important group in terms of the English folk rock movement. Considered to have begun the electric folk or English folk rock movement, they have also helped spark an interest in traditional music in general. Their 1969 album Liege &Lief was voted “Most Influential Folk Album of ...

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North Tyneside Disability Forum: Variety Show 2015 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer: Louise Sharp A lively night of Entertainment was opened perfectly as the Youth Performance Choir – supported by Ray Buck, owned the stage with lively singing and dancing to the Black Eyed Peas hit ‘I’ve gotta Feeling’ and that feeling was right as the night was nothing short of fantastic. Acts which followed included folk acts by Northumbrian small ...

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CBSO Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: James Garrington This is a wonderful evening of variety performed by the CBSO and guest vocalists. The mood is set from the opening piece as the audience settle back and enjoy a lovely arrangement of overtures by Martin Yates, including a number of pieces which he has fitted together beautifully. The orchestra appear alone again later ...

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CBSO Spanish Night – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Josep Pons Reviewer: Sam Chipman When you think of quintessentially Spanish music, the immediate thought is that of classical guitars and castanets: while the Flamenco is a proud cultural treasure there is a lot more to Spanish music than just festivals and dances, as this concert perfectly demonstrates. Falla himself said that 'melancholy and mystery also have their part' ...

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