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Ellington/ Stravinsky: School of Music Philharmonia – University of Leeds

Music: Ellington, Stravinsky Conductor:Simon Baines Reviewer: Rich Jevons One couldn’t help but notice a particularly appetising and unusual combination concert in the University of Leeds International Concert Series – namely Stravinsky and Ellengton. These two giants of 20th century American music both brought jazz influences into the classical realm, Ellington in the arrangement of his Black, Beige and Beige into ...

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Scaling the Heights: Orchestra of Opera North – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Brahms, Ravel, Debussy Conductor: Richard Farnes Violin soloist: Jack Liebeck Reviewer: David Gann There was a delight on the faces and shared comments of those in the audience as we rose to leave Leeds Town Hall. This was a concert to remember. We had experienced truly inspirationalmusic, orchestral playing and conducting of the highest order. The musical sensitivities and ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: James Garrington It’s a slightly strange time, that period between Christmas and New Year. The decorations are still up, but the time for Christmas music has passed, and we’re not yet ready for the traditional New Year fare. At Symphony Hall they fill this time with a variety of concerts designed to appeal to a range ...

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The Very Best of John Williams – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It might be argued that film music should not be actively listened to, that it should enter the subconscious directly and support the mood onscreen. And much film music falls into that category. However, John Williams must have been absent from composing school on the day they covered that as this evening showed. His ...

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Last Night of the Christmas Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Who hasn’t watched Last Night of the Proms on TV in September and not wished they could be there, drinking in the party atmosphere at The Royal Albert Hall? Sadly, it’s not as easy as that – tickets are hard to come by and most of us have to enjoy the spectacle second hand. ...

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Christmas Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and its sister venue, the Town Hall, have a full catalogue of ways to celebrate and enjoy Christmas, with concerts and events to suit all tastes. The Christmas Classics concert might be aimed at those seeking to take a calmer, more introspective stance, combining carols (some requiring audience participation), sacred choral ...

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Kate Rusby Live at Christmas – Harrogate International Centre

Music: Kate Rusby, Aaron Jones, Nick Cooke, Duncan Lyall, Stevie Iveson, Damien O’Kane, The Brass Boys Lyrics: traditional and Kate Rusby Reviewer: Sue Collier South Yorkshire’s very own maid in Barnsley Kate Rusby brings ChrisTea by Gumtmas cheer, magic and sparkle to Harrogate this evening. Receiving a warm and welcoming reception, the diminutive figured Rusby enters the stage in an ...

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CBSO Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Performed by: The CBSO and Choruses, with Hugh Dennis Conductor: Simon Halsey Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas in central Birmingham means different things to different people. For some it is the frantic bustle of the now regular German market, or shopping in the Bullring; for others it is partying along the famous – and locally infamous – Broad Street. Nestling alongside ...

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