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Piaf! The Show – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Anne Carrere in Piaf The Show

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Celebrating the centenary of Edith Piaf's birth, and partly inspired by the 2007 Oscar-winning La Vie En Rose, Anne Carrere's Piaf! The Show is the shining star of the 2016 Celtic Connections festival partnership with France. From La MômePiaf undera streetlamp in Montmartre, up the steps of theSacré Cœur, through the seedy clubs of Pigalle to Carnegie ...

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The Pitmen Poets – CAST, Doncaster

Pitmen Poets Poster Image

Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Pitmen Poets featured four veterans of the North East music scene, Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe. All belong to the first generation of their families not to work as miners and all within the generic folk tradition, but very different in vocal style, though blending perfectly when required. The concert was divided ...

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The Mingus Big Band – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Mingus Big Band. Image Credit Tom Arber

Musicians: The Mingus Big Band Leader: Boris Kozlov Reviewer: Ron Simpson It was a real coup for Opera North to get the Mingus Big Band for its only date outside London before a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club. One of the most enduring and exciting of “legacy” bands gave the sell-out audience a joyous and exhilarating two hours of jazz. ...

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Thriller Live – Manchester Opera House

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   The magic of Michael Jackson’s music lives on in this fantastic compilation show of his huge catalogue of hits. With no less than 34 musical numbers covering his most iconic songs, the show is packed full with incredible dance routines that bring Jackson’s music back to life. The show follows the ...

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Black Dyke Band – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Black Dyke Band 2015 with trophies

Music Director: Nicholas Childs Reviewer: James Garrington Whether or not you have an interest in brass band music, you surely will have heard of Black Dyke Band, probably one of the most famous and most recognised names in the world of brass. They have a long and successful history: founded in 1833, during the past 180 years they have made ...

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CBSO: Henry V – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Henry V - CBSO

Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Sam Chipman This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: the world renowned bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Even centuries after his death his plays are performed, readand studied ceaselessly around the globe – a testament to his genius. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s playsand this concert features work that has been inspired by ...

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray McVay

Conductor: Ray McVay Reviewer: James Garrington   In December 1944, a small aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. On board was renowned band leader Major Glenn Miller. Fortunately, his music did not disappear with him, and 70 years on, there are still tribute bands keeping the tradition alive. Very popular music it is, too – to fill Birmingham’s Symphony Hall ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tim Howar, Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen and Graham Bickley in The Sound of Musicals

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   How do you lift yourself from the torpor that descends in those few days between Christmas and New Year? Well, one way is to descend on Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and spend an evening in the company of singers with superb musical theatre pedigrees as they entertain you with a selection of songs from ...

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