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Dvorak/Schubert Quintets – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musicians: Opera North String Quartet                    Paul Miller (double bass)                     Ian Buckle (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson This concert by the Opera North String Quartet, comprising section leaders of the Opera North orchestra, fell in the week that the orchestra celebrated the 40th ...

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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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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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Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sam Lowe Canzoni d'Amore, a beautiful title for a ravishing concert on the Lyric Theatre stage. It translates to "songs of love", the overall theme for this evening's musical repertoire. Russell Watson has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, establishing himself as the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. "The People's Tenor", has performed for many ...

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The Mingus Big Band – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Leader: Boris Koslov Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North has recently announced plans for a major new redevelopment of the Grand Theatre area. This has to be welcome, but already the company goes well beyond the remit of a conventional opera company in many ways, notably the Kirklees Concert Season and the expertly curated, and highly varied, programme in the Howard. ...

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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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