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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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Budapest Festival Orchestra – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

nicola benedetti with violin

Violin: Nicola Benedetti Composer: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák Conductor: Iván Fischer Reviewer: S.E. Webster As 2017 marks the pivotal 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival, it seems more than fitting that Nicola Benedetti, a home-grown talent from West Kilbride in Scotland, should be performing on the Usher Hall stage alongside the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the ...

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ladysmith Black Mambazo seems to have solved the problem all successful groups have of renewing themselves over a period of time. The 2017 version manages to be full of youthful energy while remaining true to the dream Joseph Shabalala had well over 50 years ago when founding the group. Now Joseph no longer tours, but the tradition ...

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Back to the Future in Concert – Millennium Square, Leeds

Conductor: Jessica Cottis Reviewer: Mark Clegg Well done to Leeds City Council for organising their Summer Series: a programme of live events and film screenings held in the beautiful open air surroundings of Millennium Square. This summer-long programme kicked off with a weekend of Opera North in the City which itself climaxed on Sunday with the Orchestra of Opera North ...

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A Night at the Opera – Millennium Square, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductors: Jessica Cottis/James Holmes Soloists: Jeni Bern (soprano)/Quirijn de Lang (baritone) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Night at the Opera, the second event of the three-night Opera North in the City Festival, showed once again the canniness of the company’s programming. The evening was not perfect: the orchestral sound conjured up for the outdoor performance was ...

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Keith Emerson A Musical Celebration of His Life – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Headshot of Keith Emerson

Reviewer: John Kennedy Surely there must be a few 'Heads' here tonight who saw The Nice at Mothers, Erdington,1968 - for those brief few years the utterly coolest and most ludicrously sweaty venue in the UK? Maybe even more who witnessed ELP's second (but really their debut launch) gig at the IOW Festival 1970. Emerson's defiant struggle to escape from ...

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