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The Spinning Wheel – Roundhouse, London

Writer/Performer/Co-creator: Baba Israel Music: Yako 440 Director/Co-creator: Leo Kay Reviewer:Ruby Isla Cera Marle The Last Word Festival is The Roundhouse’s annual spoken word platform, vibrant with its diverse programming and a true celebration of some of the kaleidoscopic range of talent that exists in the current poetry scene. One such act is Brooklyn-born Baba Israel, whose piece The Spinning Wheel ...

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Bernadette Peters: In Concert – Opera House, Manchester

Portrait of Bernadette Peters

Musical Director: Marvin Laird Reviewer: Taylor Simmons The stage is set; a simple white backdrop, vibrant colourful lighting, the occasional projection, and 11 musicians. This evening is about the music. Before even a note is played, the atmosphere is electric. Bernadette Peters’ Broadway reputation from over 50 years in the business has preceded her and created an environment fit for ...

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Mahler: Symphony No 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: David Hill Choirs: Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Bradford Catholic Youth Choir Soloists: Lee Bisset, Katherine Broderick, Paula Sides, Sarah Castle, Madeleine Shaw, Peter Wedd, Michael Druiett, Andrew Foster-Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson The 2015-2016 Leeds International Orchestral Season climaxed memorably with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. The clue to the rarity of performances of this symphony comes in the ...

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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer – Holy Trinity Church, Leeds

Writer: David Fligg Translator: Hana Trojanova Director: Mark France Reviewer: Ron Simpson Out of the Shadows is a three-week festival devoted to the work and discoveries of Performing the Jewish Archive, a major international project involving, among others, the universities of Leeds and York. Its opening event celebrated Jewish achievement in the face of almost unimaginable cruelty and the vast ...

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Kris Rawlinson and Friends, The Pheasantry, London

Musical Director Kris Rawlinson

Performer/Musical Director: Kris Rawlinson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Musical theatre performers who want to put together a cabaret often struggle to come up with a theme for their show. For pianist and musical arranger Kris Rawlinson, the theme seems simple: bring together a group of singer friends, and give them songs that suit them. Such simplicity does at times have a ...

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Friday Night Classics: Ben-Hur – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Publicity photo featuring Francis X Bushman and Ramon Novarro

Composer and Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) plays light classics every month or so with a variety of themes and conductors. This month it is the turn of Carl Davis to conduct his score to the 1925 silent film, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, directed by Fred Niblo. Davis has ...

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Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles – Darlington Civic Theatre

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Director and Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Mark Clegg Tribute shows are perhaps too common these days, with many regional theatres seeming to host one every couple of weeks. Many are based on the back catalogue of performers whose repertoire simply doesn’t deserve such scrutiny. And then there is The Beatles, arguably the greatest and most influential band of all ...

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Yes – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Roger Evans' Yes logo

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight After almost 50 years and almost countless changes in personnel, the prog rock behemoth that is Yes is touring again. This incarnation comes tinged with sadness as Chris Squire, the only constant member in that time, died in June 2015 shortly after being diagnosed with leukaemia. And the opening to the concert is a poignant and moving ...

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