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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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The Led Zeppelin Masters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Forty-seven years ago this June a windy rain-swept Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music Festival played host to a quartet of hirsute sonic savants about to take on the world and its oyster for a stadium stomping, Holiday Inn trashing, shark-infested daughters’ abusing (allegedly) escalator ride to Valhalla and back. On a mission from God, Yardbirds ...

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Nigel Kennedy & Friends – A Gala Celebration – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  John Kennedy The Yehudi Menuhin nurtured child prodigy, later to let loose a panther among the San Marco Square pigeons with his resin melting, 1989 released pyrotechnic take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, is an unbelievable 61 years young this year. Will he dabble in some Doors? Been there. Let loose some crucial Jimi Hendrix licks? Likewise. It's his party ...

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Musical Director: Ray McVay Reviewer:  John Kennedy From the late 60s to early 70s any Christmas UK TV schedule would be meagre fare were it to miss another repeat of The Glenn Miller Story (1954, Dir. Anthony Mann). Jimmy Stewart's signature voice of considered throaty hesitation on the telephone to his wife remains cinematic gold and was often parodied with ...

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Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: James Garrington Anyone who has watched Strictly Come Dancing will know of Brendan Cole – the bad boy of the programme, seeing how far he can bend the rules, but all in the cause of great choreography. What do the dancers do for the rest of the year, though? Well, in Cole’s case, he puts together a dance extravaganza ...

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Crosby, Stills and Nash – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Crosby, Stills and Nash Reviewer: Pete Benson Going to a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert is like sitting at home by the fire with an old pair of slippers on and a cup of hot chocolate at your elbow. It’s warm, comfortable and you are soon overcome by that peaceful, easy feeling. Here, we have three ageing ...

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PREVIEW: Forthcoming events at Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall

Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall have an international reputation for the quality of their programming and the Symphony Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind, with wonderful acoustics and excellent sightlines. The Public Reviews is pleased to be associated with the organisation and to be able to review a selection of the concerts and ...

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