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There Will Be Blood: Live – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Jonny Greenwood Conductor: Hugh Brunt Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Reviewer:  George Attwell Gerhards One notable thing about There Will Be Blood is Jonny Greenwood’s haunting soundtrack, an assault of tense and uneasy strings that sets your teeth on edge right from the first few shots. It perfectly captures the mood of Paul Thomas Anderson’s bleak sparse exploration of the ...

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Friday Night Classics: John Williams at The Oscars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight John Williams is a musical chameleon. He is able to adjust his style to suit, it seems, any film, although he will, of course, forever be associated in the minds of audiences everywhere for his long-standing collaboration with Stephen Spielberg, having scored all but three of the latter’s films. Almost 85 years of age, ...

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Ensemble 360: Music in the Round – Sheffield Crucible Studio

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360’s opening concert of the Spring season of Music in the Round deployed nearly all the group’s musical forces, only the piano being missing from its 11 members. The five pieces on the programme had plenty of variety, but the spirit of the dance and the folk music of Northern and Eastern Europe underlay much of ...

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Ramin Karimloo and The Broadgrass Band: Lead Me Home -The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Musicals, for many people, are the prime example of the glitz and glamour of showbiz. It takes guts, therefore, for Broadway star and Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo to strip away much of the pomp and lush orchestration from musical standards and perform them in more basic arrangements. The musical style adopted by Karimloo for ...

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Musical Director: Ray McVay Reviewer:  John Kennedy From the late 60s to early 70s any Christmas UK TV schedule would be meagre fare were it to miss another repeat of The Glenn Miller Story (1954, Dir. Anthony Mann). Jimmy Stewart's signature voice of considered throaty hesitation on the telephone to his wife remains cinematic gold and was often parodied with ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloists: Ellie Laugharne (soprano) & Heather Lowe (mezzo soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson As with Opera North’s Christmas Concert at Dewsbury, the company’s Viennese Whirl took a popular form and tweaked it, giving the less familiar material an airing and slipping in the occasional more challenging piece before serving up helpings of Sachertorte as 9:30 pm approached. Vienna-style New ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The interregnum between Christmas and New Year. Chocolate overload. How to return to some semblance of normality and refresh one’s artistic palate? This is one question that The Sound of Musicals sets out to answer. There’s no mention of chestnuts, snow or miraculous births, but plenty of memories from famous musicals. The programme includes ...

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ABBA Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Pete Harrison Reviewer:  James Garrington It’s hard to believe that it’s now very nearly 35 years since ABBA broke up. Yet over the relatively brief period that they were performing together their songs and musical style struck a chord with fans around the world, and continue to reach new audiences each day. Formed in 1972, they shot to worldwide ...

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