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Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tony Bennett smiling with hands held out

Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘Of all the contemporary artists I know, she has the most natural jazz voice, but I'm worried about her and I'm praying for her.’ Tony Bennett’s concerns for Amy Whitehouse following their collaborative duets were sadly apposite. His admiration and kindness drew him the appreciation and affection of yet another generation of fans. Many here tonight weren’t ...

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Space Spectacular: Star Wars and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A spacescape including an orchestra and choir

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Raymond Gubbay Ltd has long been producing concerts of popular classical music using its in-house orchestras, including tonight’s orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra. This is advertised as a Space Spectacular, comprised of music inspired by space. And it certainly is a spectacle. With over seventy musicians on stage, even Symphony Hall’s stage looks full ...

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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Clare White Just last week, Idina Menzel was introduced on ITV’s Loose Women as ‘the star of Disney’s Frozen’. Indeed, as the voice of Princess Elsa in the 2013 animated film, she was propelled to global stardom and became a household name, but Frozen is just the tip of the iceberg - Idina was a stage and screen superstar ...

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RLPO and the Bootleg Beatles Celebrate Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  David Robinson A genuine mix of nostalgia and excitement buzzes circuitously around Birmingham’s stylish Symphony Hall in readiness for a Merseyside merger, that of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles - seemingly strange bed fellows but in fact joyous allies for the night. The welcome coming together is to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Beatles ...

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Russell Watson and his Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Russell Watson was famously discovered singing Presley covers in northern Working Men’s clubs. When a club secretary suggested he have a go at Nessun Dorma and, despite Watson not having had any classical singing training, a career was born. And since then Watson has ruled supreme in the classical crossover arena, equally at home crooning or singing ...

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Genesis Revisited and Classic Hackett – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It was a little over 40 years ago, in December 1976, that Genesis released their eighth studio album Wind & Wuthering. This came at a time of considerable change in the band – it had been pronounced dead by many in the music industry following the departure of lead singer, Peter Gabriel in 1975, sprang back to ...

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Friday Night Classics: British Blockbusters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Nicholas Dodd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight  The Spirit of England season from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) continues with this offering, part of the Friday Night Classics light classics concerts, this time focusing on British Blockbusters that is, music associated and used in film. During the evening we are treated to stirring martial music, jaunty dances and expansive, ...

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Celebrating Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It’s just over 100 years since Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His career had its ups and downs, taking in periods as a teen idol, film actor and academy award winner and elder statesman of music. Although he never learned to read music, his innate musicality made him the supreme interpreter ...

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