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Wings – Huddersfield Town Hall

Film Director: William A. Wellman Composer: Carl Davis Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the end of the showing of Wings at Huddersfield Town Hall, a sizable proportion of the audience rose in a standing ovation. Who or what were they applauding? William Wellman, dead these 40-odd years, for an inspired piece of film-making? ...

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Hawkwind: In Search Of Utopia Infinity And Beyond – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Dave Brock, Mike Batt Conductor: Mike Batt Reviewer: Jo Beggs The first and only other time this reviewer has experienced Hawkwind live was in a packed tent at the Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank last summer, the perfect backdrop for their particular brand of space rock. The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre has quite the opposite vibe, although the bar is doing ...

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A Beautiful Noise – The Lowry, Salford

Musical Director: David Mackay Performer: Fisher Stevens In January of this year, singer/songwriting legend, Neil Diamond sadly announced his retirement from touring due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Those lucky enough to see him live (myself included) were treated to a fantastic show from a prolific songwriter, those who didn’t, missed out on something truly special. However, fear not because ...

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Robert Cray: In concert- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Blues has been the starting point for many superstar musicians. The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton started out as hardcore Blues enthusiasts only to move on to the more lucrative Rock genre. However, Robert Cray, although a guitarist of the Clapton standard, has chosen to remain loyal to the Blues throughout his career. In tonight’s concert, ...

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Let It Be – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Musical Director: Michael Bramwell Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Dan English The Fab Four continue to ply their trade as the songs and careers of The Beatles are delved into within the touring production of Let It Be. Chronicling Liverpool’s most famous export’s journey into trans-Atlantic stardom, this jukebox tribute follows the astronomical rise of Paul, Ringo, John and George as ...

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Friday Night Classics: The Music of Harry Potter – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight While this concert from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is advertised as The Music of Harry Potter; in fact, it’s rather more. The atmosphere is set as lots of youngsters attend dressed as wizards, witches or even Harry himself. And our host is Tommy Pearson who remains in character (and cloak) as ...

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Well-Strung – Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel

Reviewer: David Guest A furious fusion of classical and pop music performed by a hunky string quartet provided a sizzling cabaret evening at the always eclectic Crazy Coqs Live at the Zedel venue in London. With the highly talented New York foursome Well-Strung, you are not quite sure whether to sit open-mouthed at the amazing mash-ups, appreciate the dexterity of ...

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Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway with Ramin Karimloo – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square series is fast becoming an essential staple of the West End calendar. Rudetsky, both a Broadway professional and one of musical theatre’s biggest fans, tends to know more about his interview subjects than they know about themselves, even when interviewing luminaries including Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. That knowledge, combined with one ...

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