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A Day in the Life – Morley Town Hall

Composer/Project Lead: Kevin Malone Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Robert Guy Soloist: Andy Long (violin) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Day in the Life is described as a “project” rather than just a concert or a composition and, with Kevin Malone’s spoken introductions having hints as to the best way to listen to the pieces, the whole operation has a ...

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Liza Pulman Sings Streisand – Lyric Theatre, London

Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Monday is the new Friday at the Lyric Theatre and for tribute acts this is fast becoming a key West End destination for a variety of touring shows dedicated to well-known artists. Giving the cast of Thriller an extra night off, with past shows already being dedicated to Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel and, ...

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Paul Carrack: These Days 2019 – The Lowry, Salford  

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Paul Carrack clearly enjoys interacting with the audience during his concerts, he does not seem entirely comfortable as a bandleader. Hiding under dark glasses and a hat, he is quick to move from centre stage and take up position concealed behind keyboards where he can concentrate on the serious business of singing. The golden voice of ...

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The Barricade Boys – The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn

Reviewer: John Roberts Formed just over three years ago by Les Mis alumni Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield, The Barricade Boys are currently embarking on their first major UK & US tour. The premise is simple, take four male performers who have all at one point in their career performed in Les Misérables (the cast rotates depending on who is available), and ...

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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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