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Bucks Fizz: Land of Make Believe 2016 Tour – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Making Your Mind Up - 80s pop group Bucks Fizz

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It’s hard to believe that Bucks Fizz in one capacity or another has been going for 35 years but it’s true, and the current tour is a celebration of that special anniversary.  For many of a certain age, it was Eurovision success which brought the band to our attention but for Bucks Fizz, that was merely the ...

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Transfigured Night – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Hebrides Ensemble

Performers: The Hebrides Ensemble &Psappha Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha have much in common. Both are chamber music ensembles with a formidable reputation in contemporary music, both had long-term associations with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who died in March, and both are celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year. What better way to commemorate their quarter-centuries than by a ...

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Anoushka Shankar: Land of Gold – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Symphony Hall in Birmingham plays host to a truly great sitar artist, Anoushka Shankar.  The daughter and prodigy of the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka has been playing the sitar from childhood and has her own style which has developed into a musical programme encompassing all of the classical Indian traditions of the instrument but with clear and ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Grand, Leeds

Image by Darren Bell

Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Holly Spanner It’s the fourth of December 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a small recording studio on 706 Union Avenue, a seminal moment in rock n’ roll history is taking place; an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. And, as far as ...

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Maximum Rhythm and Blues – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For an evening of nostalgic 60s music and authentic rhythm and blues featuring The Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoot Money, the Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour is a gig not to be missed.  It’s incredible to think that many of the outstanding artists featured in this production first burst onto the music scene in the early 60s, ...

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English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

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Midge Ure: Something from Everything Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs This reviewer spent many teenage hours listening to the first Visage album and Quartet through huge headphones, surrounded by moodily lit black and white Ultravox posters, designed to show off Midge Ure’s steely stare and Warren Cann’s extraordinary cheekbones.  So the Something From Everything Tour, in which Ure mines the entire back catalogue, brings back some memories. ...

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