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Anton and Erin – Those Magical Musicals. St George’s Hall, Bradford

Music: Manchester Concert Orchestra  Composers: Cole Porter, Irvin Berlin, Harry Warren, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein ll, Jerry Leiber, Lionel Bart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart Director: Nikki Woollaston Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Reviewer: Sue Collier Anton and Erin is a musical extravaganza featuring the delightful dance partnership of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. The two dancers first ...

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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director: Masa Ogawa Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In most bands, no one remembers the drummer, the lead vocalist, of course, the bass guitarist probably, but the poor drummer tends to be forgotten. Not so in Japan where the drum group Yamato have been impressing fans since 1993, taking their show on tour to more 50 countries including a brief spell ...

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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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Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

It's over a decade since Adele burst onto the music scene with her debut album 19. From there the then teenage sensation has matured into a world-dominating megastar. With Adele on a seemingly infinite sabbatical, Katie Markham's Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook is both a fitting tribute to the star and an excellent substitute. Former X Factor finalist Markham ...

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The Fitzwilliam String Quartet – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musicians: Fitzwilliam String Quartet                   Opera North String Quartet Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Fitzwilliam String Quartet’s appearance at the Howard Assembly Room was celebratory in mood, notably in the stunning performance of Shostakovich’s String Octet with the Opera North String Quartet which concluded the evening, the perfect antidote to any mistaken belief ...

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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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Hot Sardines – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Co-Leaders: Elizabeth Bougerol, Evan Palazzo Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you pack out halls with wildly enthusiastic audiences for what is basically the jazz and popular music of 80 or 90 years ago? First of all, it helps to have top-class musicians who also manage to share the enormous fun they are having. Then, if you take The Hot Sardines’ ...

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The Magic Flute – Leeds Grand

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: James Brining Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This popular two-act opera makes a return after ten years, albeit a new production where James Brining, Leeds Playhouse’s artistic director, makes his opera directing debut. The Magic Flute premiered in 1791, set to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto - loosely linked to fairy stories written at the time.  Unlike ...

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