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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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Britten Sinfonia – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Carter, Bennett, Copland, Barber, (Encore: Arlen, Gershwin) Leader: Jacqueline Shave Soloist: Sarah Connolly Reviewer: David Gann In this concert the audience quickly senses ingredients of the American aesthetic. Only minutes into Carter’s ‘Elegy for Strings’ (1943), and we are in a world of melodic curves, writ large, rising up with grave intensity towards a deeply felt emotional climax. They ...

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Schubert’s Great – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: David Afkham Reviewer: Sam Chipman There has always been a little confusion over the numbering of Schubert's late symphonies because his symphonies had not been published before his death. This symphony was originally given the title of the seventh symphony, until it was discovered that it was preceded by two other symphonies, and its name was duly changed. It ...

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Paul Simon Director: David Beck Reviewer: Pete Benson The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a one hundred percent top quality show. It is a bit more than a tribute band but it is not a full blown jukebox musical. Actors Dean Elliott and Jonny Smart play Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel respectively. Smart plays the arguably less ...

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New Year’s Eve Gala – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: James Garrington New Year’s Eve. A time to reflect on the year that is ending, and look forward to what the New Year will bring: and if you’re lucky enough to have managed to get a ticket, a time to sit back and enjoy the traditional New Year’s Eve Gala in the wonderful surroundings of Symphony ...

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