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Russian Spirits – Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Antony Hermus Soloist: Boris Giltburg (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The latest in the Orchestra of Opera North’s Kirklees concerts, programmed for late Sunday afternoon, again emphasised the orchestra’s versatility. This concert of Russian works of the late 19th and 20th centuries came in the middle of a run of three operas at Leeds Grand, ...

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The Classic Rock Show – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest. Remember back in the day when we used to buy CDs, that’s right a little silver disc we placed in our Hi-Fi, and music came out. This was long before downloading, streaming, and way before buying vinyl was back in vogue. When the CD was king, we were inundated with adverts for compilations albums such The Best ...

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Cara Dillon | Upon a Winter’s Night – Firth Court, Sheffield

Music and Lyrics: traditional festive songs and hymns plus music by Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Cara Dillon, the celebrated Irish folk singer originally from Derry, has a pitch-perfect, crystal clear voice. She is accompanied by her band and together they take the audience away from the hustle and bustle that can accompany the Christmas season to a ...

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The Leylines – Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix

Music: The Leylines Reviewer: Georgie Bird The Leylines are six-piece band from Weston Super Mare whose genre is hard to pin down, falling somewhere between folk and rock. They are comprised of Dan Thompson (electric guitar), Dave Burbidge (drums), Hannah Johns (violin), Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar), Sean Booth (bass) and Steve Mitchell on vocals. The addition of a violinist to ...

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Not Such Quiet Girls – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Writer: Jessica Walker Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Director: Jacqui Honess-Martin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s commemoration of the end of the Great War peaks with two premieres in two nights: the world premiere of Not Such Quiet Girls and the UK premiere of Silent Night. For these, the Chorus is divided by gender and in Not Such Quiet Girls, a ...

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Harriet – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Composer: Hilda Paredes Text: Lex Bohtmeijer/Mayra Santos-Febres Conductor: Manoj Kamps Director: Jean Lacornerie Video design: Miwa Matreyek Reviewer: Ron Simpson As with many performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Harriet is truly an international event, with a Mexican composer, a Sri Lankan conductor, a French director, the fearless American soprano Claron McFadden in the title role and co-production and ...

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Simply Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Today, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall pays tribute to the undisputed King of Swing, Frank Sinatra. And who better to lead that tribute than (probably) Britain’s finest crooner, Matt Ford, although, as Ford explains, this isn’t a tribute act, it’s a celebration of Sinatra’s sound – Ford doesn’t try to impersonate Sinatra’s voice or his quirks, ...

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Friday Night Classics: Classic fm Hall of Fame – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In an evening in the company of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), one is pretty much guaranteed superb musicianship from all, with the acoustics of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall ensuring that every element is audible. So what is it that takes a good concert and makes it great? One feature might be the ...

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