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Katherine Jenkins Celebration – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Katherine Jenkins

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer:  James Garrington Katherine Jenkins must surely be one of Britain’s favourite crossover artists. Since she released her debut album in 2004 she has regularly been at the top of the album charts, and has sung to packed out concert halls around the world – and this Christmas, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is no exception. This concert has ...

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Roy Wood’s Rockmas – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Roy Wood is very much on home turf at the Symphony Hall and the fact it was packed to full capacity clearly emphasises just how much this son of Birmingham is still very much appreciated and admired.  With a history spanning over five decades, Roy Wood’s name will be forever associated with the classic of the festive ...

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Winter Wonderland – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musical Director: David Le Page Reviewer: Ron Simpson There are many different types of Christmas celebration concert and Winter Wonderland was the sort that provides more breadth than depth, 15 named items in a programme of some 70 minutes, very accomplished playing in a variety of styles. It’s no wonder that, in the musicians’ biographies, one commented that since she ...

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Christmas with Clare Teal – Town Hall, Birmingham

Clare Teal

Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas music over the last couple of decades seems to be dominated by either Slade and Wizzard, or Mariah Carey and The Pogues. If you want something a bit different, though, you could try Christmas with Clare Teal for an evening of jazzy big band music with a Christmas flavour. Joining Teal is Gary Williams, a well-known ...

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Opera North Christmas Concert – Town Hall, Dewsbury

Conductor: David Cowan Performers: Orchestra of Opera North Chorus of Opera North Opera North Youth Chorus Opera North Children’s Chorus Reviewer: Ron Simpson In recent years Opera North has received praise in abundance, for work in both theatre and concert hall, and this Christmas Concert was another reminder that one of the main reasons for so much success is canny, ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nina Brazier Composer: Kim Ashton Reviewer: Michael Gray This 60-minute musical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s problem play is a boldly ingenious experiment with the drama. This year has seen many Shakespeare-inspired performances. Song recitals, of course, but also Mendelssohn, Walton, Korngold et al in concert with extracts from the canon. And it’s not long since The Winter’s ...

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Courtney Act: Dashing Through the Divas – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Dashing Through the Divas) (Laurie Beechman)

Writer: Courtney Act Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Streisand, Carey, Clooney, Midler… and Act. Drag superstar Courtney Act brings her own diva power to holiday classics by iconic performers to the Laurie Beechman stage. Covering holiday pop songs, classic Aussie Christmas tunes, and a few original pieces, Act fills the theatre with joy and high notes. Act’s diva-esque persona and classically beautiful ...

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