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Ensemble 360: Passion/Patronage – CAST, Doncaster

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360 continues the wonderfully democratic approach to music making pioneered by the late Peter Cropper with the Lindsay Quartet at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio. When Cropper and the Lindsays gave up Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 took it on and has now established a further outpost at CAST in Doncaster. The Second Space at CAST can ...

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The Hollies: A Highway of Hits – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering the number of bands that have reunited over the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Hollies are just another come-back band. In fact, they are one of the few British pop groups who have never actually broken up and still continue to record and perform to fans across the world. Formed in ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical – CAST, Doncaster

All or nothing, The Mod Musical at CAST in Doncaster

Writer and Producer: Carol Harrison Director: Tony McHale Musical Supervisor: Pat Davey Choreographer: Cameron Hall Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Over 50 years on from the start of the Mod scene, All Or Nothing - The Mod Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic Mod band, The Small Faces. The bittersweet tale follows the rise and fall of band members Kenney Jones, Ian ...

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Notes from a Small Island – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal This season the theme from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is The Spirit of England and over the season they will be celebrating music written in England, about England or inspired by England. Notes from a Small Island, programmed and presented by Catherine Arlidge (whose day job is as a violinist in the orchestra), is ...

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Fantastic Dreams and Visions – Huddersfield Town Hall

Pavel Kolesnikov at the Piano

Orchestra: The Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Kirklees Council’s bold and far-sighted decision to continue its concert season despite financial cutbacks was rewarded with a well-filled Huddersfield Town Hall for the opening concert of the 2016-2017 season. And, the Orchestra of Opera North, under new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, drew a ...

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Richmond Jazz Festival – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Performers: Alexander Bone Trio Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Richmond Jazz Festival fills the Georgian Theatre Royal for three nights. A Grade 1 listed building that first opened to the public in 1788 might seem an odd setting for a jazz concert, but in fact, it provides a superbly intimate setting for small group jazz, with a surprisingly large capacity (214 ...

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Brassed Off – The Carriageworks, Leeds

National Coal Mining Museum

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Neil Knipe Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Set in Grimley in the mid-90’s, 10 years after the miners’ strike of 1984, Brassed Off is based on real events in the West Yorkshire village of Grimethorpe, named by the European Union in 1994 as the country’s poorest village. With the mines set ...

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Barry Steele: Celebrating The Music – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Barry Steele

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Roy Orbison may no longer be with us in person but his music lives on with authenticity through the amazing voice and uncanny resemblance to the great man as portrayed by Barry Steele. Celebrating The Music is a nostalgic production bringing all of the Big O’s extensive collection of songs together, in an impressive show which spans ...

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