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Friday Night Classics: James Bond, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics - James Bond - with the CBSO

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   This latest in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO) series of light classical concerts showcases music from the James Bond movie franchise. It could equally have been called “John Barry vs the Rest” as much of the orchestral music is taken from some of the 11 Bond movies he scored; “the rest” ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák – Dewsbury Town Hall

Conductor: David Angus Soloist: Lee Bisset Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s Kirklees Concert Season continued at Dewsbury Town Hall with a programme that balanced the popular with the neglected. David Angus, who was a member of Opera North’s music staff at the start of his career and has now built a major reputation in the United States, conducted a varied ...

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Jonathan Antoine – The Lowry, Salford

Jonathan Antoine in Suit

Reviewer: Helen Jones In 2012 teenager Jonathan Antoine and his friend Charlotte Jaconelli auditioned for Simon Cowell's money-spinner Britain's Got Talent, and got through to the final, coming second to Ashleigh and Pudsey the dancing dog. Now 20 years old and with two successful albums as Jonathan and Charlotte behind him, Antoine has released a solo album, Tenore, and embarked ...

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Manchester Camerata: Mozart’s Requiem – Leeds Town Hall

Manchester Camerate Orchestra

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Grant Llewellyn Reviewer: David Gann This concert was like a long clean drink or fulsome meal. It was nourishing and satisfying. Splendente te, Deus is our starter, seemingly short and slightly inconsequential, but nevertheless pleasing. Bright, major key, a song of praise, the harmonic language is simple and the temperament young and optimistic. Certainly moments ...

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Philharmonia Orchestra – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Portrait of Joshua Weilerstein

Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein Reviewer: Tim Frost Programme: Symphonic Suite: On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg Spring Song, Op. 16 by Jean Sibelius Francesca di Rimini: Symphonic Fantasy after Dante, Op. 32 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The London-based Philharmonia Orchestra continues its residency at the Marlowe Theatre, with six concerts per ...

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Friday Night Classics: La Vie en Rose – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) presents music from, and inspired by, France in this latest of its series of Friday Night Classics concerts of light orchestral music. So, as conductor Richard Balcombe mentions, there is plenty from the pen of Michel Legrand; classical songs associated with The Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf; and ...

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Gershwin in Hollywood – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Wilson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ever since he burst into the public’s consciousness at the 2009 Proms, the name of John Wilson has been synonymous with the romance and spectacle of the golden age of Hollywood movie musicals. Through painstaking research, he has reconstructed the orchestrations of such Hollywood luminaries as Conrad Salinger of MGM, often with little to ...

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