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Dancing in the Streets – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Carôle Todd Reviewer: John Roberts Dancing in the Streets is entering it’s 15th year of continuous touring, the show and indeed the cast change on a regular basis and it would be great if I could give due credit where possible, however with no programme available to press and no casting information on the website for the show, this ...

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Steve Hackett Genesis Extended – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Steve Hackett was Genesis’ lead guitarist in the 1970s until he left following the album, Wind and Wuthering. Genesis continued as a three piece and found commercial success among a new generation largely unaware of the band’s progressive roots. Hackett continued to make music, but also to revisit the music of that era of Genesis, producing albums ...

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Thriller Live! – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Callum Stott If you are expecting a musical, telling the story of Michael Jackson’s life and rise to the top, this may not be the show for you, but if a pure homage to the music and energy of the man we called the 'King of Pop' is what you’re after, welcome to Thriller Live! ...

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Opera North: Mozart Requiem – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Jac Van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons What a treat to actually see the Orchestra of Opera North for once, given they are usually in the orchestra pit and not visible from the stalls, and looking resplendent they are certainly worth the wait! The evening kicks off with Wagner’s ‘Prelude to Act 1’ of Lohengrin and a soft, gently enticing ...

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Family Concerto: Cartoon Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight If one is intending to produce a concert to introduce children to classical music, how might one start? The length needs to be just right, not only of the whole concert, but also of each piece so that young attention spans are not stretched too far; the pieces themselves need to be judged carefully ...

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RAF in Concert – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Main vocalist: Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Royal Air Force Music Services boasts several bands and orchestras. A concert tour featuring a repertoire of old and new music of differing genres, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first display season of the world famous Red Arrows. There is ...

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Friday Night Classics : TV and Advert Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Many people would profess only to a passing acquaintance with classical music and maybe a fear that it will prove difficult to listen to, requiring rather more effort than more contemporary music. However, most of us, albeit unknowingly, are more familiar than we think - even if we can’t name any of them – ...

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The RAF in Concert, 2014 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The RAF Concert Tour is something of an institution, featuring musicians and singers from the RAF and, this year, paying tribute to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team, The Red Arrows. As the players take their place on stage in dress uniform in RAF blue, one might be forgiven for expecting ...

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