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Sounds of Palestine – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Performers: Mohamed Najem & Friends Performers: Nai Barghouti and band Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Howard Assembly Room continues to punch above its size in its programming, with this inspiring concert, billed rather less accurately as Palestine Jazz in the printed programme, the latest to impress. Sounds of Palestine proved inspiring for two reasons: the quality of the music, of course, ...

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The Blues Brothers Summer Special – Hippodrome Casino, London

Director: Joshua Mumby Choreographer: Lily Howkins Musical Director: James Robert Ball Reviewer: Deborah Parry You may not have seen it, but chances are you've heard of a rather iconic cult 1980s film called The Blues Brothers - you'll certainly recognise the outfits, the sunglasses and the deadpan faces of the two stars (the late) John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Well, ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Sinners Club

Writer & Composer: Lucy Rivers Director: Titus Halder Reviewer: Kris Hallett  It was a sparsely attended cabaret tent on the last evening of the festival where most exhausted revellers were pushing through for one last rave with Fatboy Slim on the BBC Music Stage. Yet performer, writer and composer Lucy Rivers doesn’t let this stop her, for an audience of 50 ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – The Negro Problem: Notes On A Native Song

Devised by: Stew Reviewer: Kris Hallett  Latitude 2017 has felt like the year when art forms have blurred. Theatre has moved into the cabaret tent, cabaret into the comedy and music sets into the theatre arena. Noah and The Whale front man Charlie Fink played a selection of his new tracks to accompany a monologue regarding a journey of discovery. ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra

Conductor: Ben Glassberg Reviewer: Nicole Evans Comedian and composer Vikki Stone's debut orchestral composition, Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra, is a tricky act to sum up. Conceptually, it has the potential to be great, and at times it is, the problem lies with knowing it could be better but not quite being able to put a firm finger on what needs ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Public Service Broadcasting

Reviewer: Nicole Evans With the recent independent label release of their third full album, Every Valley, anticipation builds as to whether Public Service Broadcasting will just be out to promote it or if they will fulfil the inevitable hopes of them playing their old favourites too. Diving straight in to a self-titled classic, hopes remain high and we are not ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Lubomyr Melnyk

Reviewer: Nicole Evans It's the last day at Latitude Festival and tents are already beginning to be packed away. With the tiredness of a busy weekend starting to set in, the prospect of anything particularly energetic to kick off the day is far from the minds of most. Tucked away in the woods at the Sunrise Arena, far away from ...

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Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tony Bennett smiling with hands held out

Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘Of all the contemporary artists I know, she has the most natural jazz voice, but I'm worried about her and I'm praying for her.’ Tony Bennett’s concerns for Amy Whitehouse following their collaborative duets were sadly apposite. His admiration and kindness drew him the appreciation and affection of yet another generation of fans. Many here tonight weren’t ...

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