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Musicals in Concert: Leading Ladies – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight This year’s Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is now drawing to a close, but there are still some goodies to come. Tonight, the spotlight is turned on the leading ladies of musical theatre as Richard Balcombe conducts the London Concert Orchestra, and musical theatre stars Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt ...

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Classic Carols – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Clare White Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas season kicks off in spectacular style at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham with its annual classic carol concert. Traditional festive favourites mixed with rarer Yuletide treasures and sing-a-long standards are performed by the sublime City of Birmingham Choir, accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra and led by conductor Adrian Lucas. One ...

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Katherine Jenkins: Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Katherine Jenkins sings to celebrate the Queen's90th Birthday

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As the official celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday come to a close, promoter Raymond Gubbay’s London Concert Orchestra joins forces with Katherine Jenkins and guest singer Ryan Silverman for an evening of music that celebrates Britishness and the Queen’s life and reign. The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Anthony Inglis, is a ...

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The Very Best of John Williams – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It might be argued that film music should not be actively listened to, that it should enter the subconscious directly and support the mood onscreen. And much film music falls into that category. However, John Williams must have been absent from composing school on the day they covered that as this evening showed. His ...

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Last Night of the Christmas Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Who hasn’t watched Last Night of the Proms on TV in September and not wished they could be there, drinking in the party atmosphere at The Royal Albert Hall? Sadly, it’s not as easy as that – tickets are hard to come by and most of us have to enjoy the spectacle second hand. ...

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Christmas Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and its sister venue, the Town Hall, have a full catalogue of ways to celebrate and enjoy Christmas, with concerts and events to suit all tastes. The Christmas Classics concert might be aimed at those seeking to take a calmer, more introspective stance, combining carols (some requiring audience participation), sacred choral ...

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The Nutcracker – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Alexander Yudasin Choreographers: Vasily Vainonen &Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:3.5] At a cheerful party on Christmas Eve, eccentric toymaker Drosselmeyer brings to life a Harlequin, Columbine and Moor. Excited, the children gather as the toys entertain them for the party. As a gift for goddaughter Marie, Drosselmeyer gives her a wooden Nutcracker doll which ...

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