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Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Sian Edwards Soloists: Christopher Purves & Karen Cargill Reviewer: Ron Simpson This was a perfectly balanced programme, two ground-breaking masterpieces from the early part of the 20th century by Central European composers, both almost unclassifiable, but 100 years on supremely accessible, both requiring huge brass forces and using them to stunning effect. Leos Janacek’s ...

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The Arsenal of Unlived Things – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 

Composer: Mayke Nas Musicians: Nieuw Amsterdams Peil Director: Ria Marks Lighting: Floriaan Ganzevoort Reviewer: Ron Simpson Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival didn’t get its international reputation by being solemn all the time and the afternoon concert on the second Saturday of the ten-day festival was witty, idiosyncratic, sometimes absurd and now and again laugh-out-loud funny. Even the programme note predicted that ...

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Friday Night Classics: Ultimate Playlist with Classic fm – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The latest in the series of Friday Night Classics from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) sees their partnership with Classic fm bring the ‘Ultimate Playlist’. Presented by Classic fm presenter, John Suchet, this concert includes a number of favourites, some of which have special importance to the CBSO as it prepares for its ...

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Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited 2019 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: CL Delft One of rock’s most enduring critical cliches holds that when Steve Hackett departed Genesis in 1977 he took the band’s progressive tendencies with him, leaving it free to become the soulless commercial juggernaut (or great pop group, depending on your point of view) whose sound defined the mid-eighties.  Whether you hold with that view or not, there’s ...

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Songs in the Key of Cree – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Composer/Pianist: Tomson Highway Vocals: Patricia Cano Saxophone: Marcus Ali Reviewer: Gareth Davies The Cree language and culture belongs to one of the Indigenous populations of Canada, and playwright Tomson Highway focuses his work and his songs in the people, places and themes of this community. Last appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1988, Highway now brings a short song ...

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Trevor Horn – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: C L Delft Before he became the defining producer of the 80s, Trevor Horn had served an apprenticeship as a performer, topping the charts in 1979 as part of The Buggles with Video Killed The Radio Star and going on from there to front a later incarnation of the progressive rock band Yes, before settling for a life mostly ...

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