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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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Anton and Erin: Swingtime – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Anton and Erin in Swingtime

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer:  James Garrington Anyone who has ever watched the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be familiar with the names of Erin Boag and Anton du Beke. Boag performed in the first ten series of the programme, and du Beke has been a permanent, and very popular, fixture through the entire run. With a title like Swing Time ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The interregnum between Christmas and New Year. Chocolate overload. How to return to some semblance of normality and refresh one’s artistic palate? This is one question that The Sound of Musicals sets out to answer. There’s no mention of chestnuts, snow or miraculous births, but plenty of memories from famous musicals. The programme includes ...

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Anton & Erin: Just Gotta Dance – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Erin Boag and Anton du Beke in Just Gotta Dance

Director and Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Clare White   Billed as the nation's favourite ballroom couple, Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag take to the stage at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall for an evening of song, dance, glitz and glamour. Just Gotta Dance is the duo’s 7th national tour. Professional partners since 1997, the ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tim Howar, Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen and Graham Bickley in The Sound of Musicals

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   How do you lift yourself from the torpor that descends in those few days between Christmas and New Year? Well, one way is to descend on Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and spend an evening in the company of singers with superb musical theatre pedigrees as they entertain you with a selection of songs from ...

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Sinatra Centenary – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Frank Sinatra at a Capitol Records recording session, 1954. © 1978 Sid Avery / mptv.net

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: James Garrington   This year marks the centenary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, surely one of the greatest interpreters of song of the 20thCentury – and this concert, performed on what would have been his 100th birthday, presents a celebration of some of his best-loved work, with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, singers and dancers. The ...

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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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Anton and Erin: That’s Entertainment – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Director and Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can be few people not familiar with Anton and Erin – Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, professional dancers and mainstay of many Strictly Come Dancing series. On TV, they both impress with their skills and affable manner. Anton’s annual struggle with his partners is always entertaining. So ...

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