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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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Christmas with Aled Jones – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: James Garrington   Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the regular Symphony Hall Christmas Festival season – and at its heart, the celebrity-led concert of Christmas music and carols. This year we have Aled Jones at the helm, as the London Concert Orchestra and City of Birmingham Choir get everyone in the festive mood with a ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: A Joyous Christmas – Town Hall, Dewsbury

Poster image for Opera North Christmas Concert

Conductor: Martin Pickard Reviewer: Ron Simpson   Opera North has built a strong relationship with the Kirklees public through its excellent series of concerts in association with Kirklees Council. Its sell-out Christmas celebration at Dewsbury Town Hall was, it seemed, a successful attempt at showcasing every element of the company short of staging an opera. An extended work for strings ...

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