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Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years – The Lowry, Salford

Simon & Garfunkel by Bookends

Reviewer: Donna Kelly After sell-out runs in 2014 and 2015, tribute act Bookends return to the stage to pay homage to one of the greatest pairings in modern folk music history – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Made up of childhood friends Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, the Bookends duo are best known for their authentic sound. Unlike other tribute ...

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Kate Baldwin and Friends: The Girl Who Stayed – Sheen Center, New York

Kate Baldwin

Director: Jeff Talbott Musical Direction: Will Van Dyke Reviewer: Tim Koch There’s something great happening at the Sheen Center in NoHo. Twice now this year (and a previously unscheduled upcoming third concert), the impeccable Kate Baldwin and her talented friends have taken an enthusiastic audience on a whirlwind musical journey. As with her first concert (exploring the music of Michael ...

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Peter Andre – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Peter Andre's Come Swing With Me tour

Reviewer: James Garrington Peter Andre’s Come Swing With Me tour is promoting Andre’s recent album Come Fly With Me, which is predominantly made up of swing classics, such as Mac the Knife and You Make Me Feel So Young: music made popular by the late Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack back in the day. As the advertising says, it ...

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Jason Donovan: Ten Good Reasons Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Jason Donovan - Ten Good Reason cover

Reviewer: Donna Kelly 27 years after the release of Ten Good Reasons, Jason Donovan takes his debut album on tour for the first time. The Australian pop-star first shot to fame in the soap operaNeighbours before embarking on a music career in 1988, selling over 3million records in the UK including four UK No. 1 singles. The Ten Good Reasons ...

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Friday Night Classics: Symphonic Disco Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Hmm... the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) playing a concert of 1970s disco classics … seems a bit oxymoronic, no? No. Regular attendees at the CBSO’s popular series of light classical concerts, Friday Night Classics, know that the CBSO can and will turn their talented hands to most genres, and tonight proves ...

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The Puppini Sisters: The Highlife Tour – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

The Puppini Sisters

Reviewer: Donna Kelly To tie in with the release of their fifth studio album, The Puppini Sisters embark on new tour, bringing their fun and sassy vocals to venues across the UK including Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Best known for their close harmony vocals, The Puppini Sisters made their name 10 years ago when their first album Betcha Bottom Dollar ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss & Brahms – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Juanjo Mena Soloist (horn): Alberto Menendez Escribano Reviewer: Ron Simpson   The Orchestra of Opera North’s 2015-2016 Kirklees concert season came to an early finish with a solid programme of 19th Century Austro-German classics in the capable hands of the guest orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic. The Spring concert season has been curtailed because the next few months see the ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Smetana, Bartók & Dvořák – Leeds Town Hall

Violin soloist Augustin Hadelich

Music: Smetana, Bartok, Dvorak Conductor: Juanjo Mena Violin soloist: Augustin Hadelich Reviewer: Rich Jevons In this all-Eastern European programme, we commence with the second of Czech composer Smetana’s symphonic poems from Ma Vlast, familiar in its heroic and lyrical celebration of his homeland and in particular, the river Vltava. It is a perfect piece to demonstrate the strength of the ...

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