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Lee Mead: Ten Years The Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen He became a household name more than a decade ago after winning over viewers on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do - the hunt for a leading man in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has since gone on to take leading roles in huge West End and touring productions, ...

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Psappha Ensemble  -Halle St. Peters, Manchester

Writers: René Char adapted by Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, Tom Harrold and Luciano Berio Conductor: Jamie Phillips Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Psappha Ensemble is The North’s only stand-alone contemporary classical music ensemble. They are based at the highly atmospheric venue Halle St. Peters- a former Italian Chapel in inner-city Manchester. Inside the venue the mood is intimate and informal – the ...

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Yes: 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Prog Rock behemoth, Yes, is celebrating a BIG birthday – it’s 50 years since Chris Squire and Jon Anderson were introduced by London club owner, Jack Barrie. Joined by drummer, Bill Bruford, guitarist, Peter Banks and Tony Kaye on keyboards, the new band started performing in 1968. Throughout its history, the line-up has been fluid with regular ...

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The Hollies: A Highway Of Hits Tour 2018 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly With over 60 singles and 26 albums to their name, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of The Hollies. Best known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style, The Hollies were one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and 70s, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Formed in 1962 ...

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Apologies From Men – The PIT, New York

Writer: Lauren Maul Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Humor and music are powerful weapons in the face of inhumane and abusive behavior, and comedian Lauren Maul wields them adroitly. Primarily on the piano, with a switch to guitar for one song, Maul and her talented backup ensemble (Alyson Greenfield, Jen Kwok, Chase O’Donnell, Tahlia Robinson, Alexius Smith, and Lady Kate Weber) perform eight ...

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Joan Baez: Fare Thee Well Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It is hard to believe that Joan Baez has been on the touring circuit for well over fifty years but true it is and her final tour offering came to Birmingham last night to the delight of many die-hard fans and music aficionados.  Famed on the folk circuit for her emotive voice and powerful anti-establishment lyrics, Baez ...

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The Barricade Boys – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As selection criteria for picking members of a musical theatre four-piece go, having once been in Les Misérables is one of the least restrictive, thanks to the musical’s longevity, cast size, and various touring company and concert productions. However, it has given performer-producers Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield a strong brand with which to tour. After a Christmas residency ...

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Oscar Winners: Music from the Academy Awards – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although the Academy Awards were first awarded in 1929, the first award for a movie score wasn’t made until 1935. In 1938, the first score celebrated in this concert – that for The Adventures of Robin Hood scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold – won. Today, therefore, we celebrate 75 years of Best Musical Scores ...

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