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Friday Night Classics: Abba Symphonic Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The 1970s: the decade that taste forgot as we are reminded by Conductor Stephen Bell as he stands in front of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) with many players resplendent in seventies gear. It’s also the decade that brought us Glam Rock, Punk, the first woman Prime Minister, and, of course, some ...

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Wishbone Ash: The Open Road -The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Support Act Steve Hill enters from the wings already playing his guitar with what looks like a toffee apple stuck to the neck. The reason soon becomes apparent: Hill is that rarest of acts – a one-man heavy rock band. Working drums with a foot pedal and bashing the cymbals with the drumstick attached to his guitar ...

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Friday Night Classics: Star Wars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A star scape

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering if John Williams realised how big the Star Wars behemoth was to be when approached by George Lucas to score the original 1977 film. We do know that Lucas was clear in his brief that, although the film was to be a space opera, fantastic in scope, he wanted traditional ...

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Songs For The End Of The World – Liverpool Everyman

Writers: Dom Coyote, Michael Vale and Tom Penn Director: Dom Coyote Reviewer: Daryl Holden Songs for the End of the World has an undoubtedly intriguing premise. A part gig, part show following a man who, when the world turns on itself, is left suspended in Earth’s orbit on his way to kick-start a new Eden on Mars.  Now, with nothing ...

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Friday Night Classics: Classic FM Smooth Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Presenter: John Brunning Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Once again, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), in its guise as Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, presents an evening of light classics, this time inspired by ‘smooth classics’ as broadcast by tonight’s presenter, John Brunning in his daily Smooth Classics at Seven programme. So what is a ‘smooth ...

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Richard Thompson: The Solo Tour – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The format for ‘solo’ shows by rock artists is well-established. The stage will feature a wall of guitars each carefully tuned to be used for a specific song and there will be a variety of other instruments, such as keyboards, to add texture.  For Richard Thompson The Solo Tour means what it says on the tin- you ...

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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Michael Kiwanuka has come a long way since being championed by Adele in 2011, winning BBC Sound of 2012, from the release of his debut album Home Again’ to the stratospheric reception of his second album Love & Hate’ in 2016 which received nominations for Best Album from the Mercury Prize, the MOBOs, and BBC Music. Kiwanuka ...

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