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Handel’s Messiah – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Leeds Philharmonic Chrous/Florilegium Conductor: David Hill Reviewer: David Gann The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus performance of Messiah is delightfully refreshing. Also performing is the small baroque orchestra Florilegium (with original instruments), which is beautifully shaped with finesse and elegance, taking hold of the drama of the piece, making it count for the big moments. The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus was on ...

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Human League – O2 Academy, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Having missed the Human League’s performance headlining at last year’s Bingley Music Live it was thrilling to learn they were playing locally at the O2 Academy in Leeds. A tip for this venue: if you are planning a visit - book or get there early for a seated place on the balcony as this can fill up ...

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The BBC Big Band presents A Swinging Christmas – Town Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jiggs Whigham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The BBC Big Band is one of the BBC’s highly regarded stable of orchestras and bands, playing light jazz and swing music, although in recent years it has been managed outside the BBC and formed of freelance players. It has been one of the Town Hall’s Associate Ensembles since 2007. During the interval, it ...

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Kate Rusby at Christmas – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon   Christmas jumpers at the ready, dust off your Santa hats, the Christmas Concert season has begun. Who better to start the season off but folk singer Kate Rusby and her band. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Kate Rusby, this Yorkshire Songstress is well known in folk music circles with a plethora of successful albums ...

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Cole Porter in Hollywood – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Wilson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Cole Porter, arguably one of the most influential songwriters of the early and mid-20th Century. He initially found fame writing for Broadway, but many of his best work was for the movies, where it received lavish orchestrations. Unusually, Porter wrote both music and lyrics ...

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Friday Night Classics: Songs from the Sixties – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One could question whether Songs from the Sixties is a suitable theme for the regular Friday Night Classics season at Symphony Hall from the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. However, those of us that can recall that decade, however hazily, will also recall that the hit parade was not solely full of recordings ...

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