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Fairport Convention: Wintour – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Music: Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Rick Sanders, Jerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Kevin Dempsey, Rosie Carson Reviewer: Sue Collier Fairport Convention’s UK Wintour 2015 rocked the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall as they played to a delighted army of loyal fans. Support act Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson started off the evening with a range of reels, jigs, songs and tunes. ...

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Anton and Erin: That’s Entertainment – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Director and Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can be few people not familiar with Anton and Erin – Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, professional dancers and mainstay of many Strictly Come Dancing series. On TV, they both impress with their skills and affable manner. Anton’s annual struggle with his partners is always entertaining. So ...

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Fascinating Aïda: Charm Offensive – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Sam Chipman Following a sold-out 2013 tour and three Olivier Award nominations, Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman continue to celebrate over 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with their new show, Charm Offensive. Their infamously outrageous wit is present in this new cabaret, which is cleverly strung together. Including rhymes like "puberty" and "Schuberty", the trio perform songs ...

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Collabro with special guest Lucy Kay – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Sam Chipman Television talent shows have dominated Saturday night television viewing for many years now. Simon Cowell has become one of music’s biggest moguls and one of Britain's wealthiest men. Collabro are a find of Britain's Got Talent: the 5 strong boy band wowed the judges with their audition, singing Stars from Les Misérables only a month after forming, ...

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Beatlemania – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp It’s been fifty years since the Beatles released their debut album Please Please me, before going on to dominate the charts throughout the world and became the greatest, most successful act in the history of popular music. A superb performance at the Whitley Bay Playhouse took the audience on a tour of hits throughout the years, ...

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CBSO: From the Danube to the Rhine – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Zazushi Ono Reviewer: Sam Chipman After the "Tragic" Fourth Symphony in C minor, in which Schubert was showing signs of development towards a romantic symphony, his Fifth Symphony reverted back to a more conventionally classical symphony although the availability of certain instruments in his amateur orchestra seems likely to have influenced this. Kazushi Ono leads the CBSO with much ...

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Straight No Chaser: The Happy Hour Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Maley US all-male a capella group Straight No Chaser may not be very well-known on these shores, but their Happy Hour Tour comes to Salford’s Lowry hot on the heels of the group’s fourth album, Under The Influence, which features duets with music industry names including Dolly Parton, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Originally formed in 1996 while ...

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