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NEWS: Stars of the West End sing out for Childline

By PAUL COUCH Some of the biggest stars of London's West End have re-recorded Jacques Brel’s If We Only Have Love in aid of Childline as the service celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among the array of West End stars singing on the release are Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Spamalot) r (Phantom of The Opera); Cassidy Janson (Beautiful, The Carole King ...

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Cara Dillon: Upon a Winter’s Night – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Christmas records tend to be novelty items intended to cash in on festive sentiment rather than creating an artistically valid product. But if anyone can challenge the cynical trend it must be Cara Dillon; an artist so principled she often sings only in Gaelic. As the concert at The Lowry makes clear Upon a Winter’s Night is by ...

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Frank Wildhorn & Friends – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Frank Wildhorn Musical Director: Jason Howland Reviewer: May Mellstrom An impressive array of global, national and local talent combines at the Palace Theatre to showcase the work of American composer Frank Wildhorn; the Grammy and Tony Award nominee responsible for a number of Broadway musicals, most notably 1990 hit Jekyll &Hyde. The man himself proves an eminently likeable host ...

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – Symphony Hall, Birmingham


Reviewer: Selwyn Knight At first sight, this really shouldn’t work. Two singers, ostensibly from quite different traditions – musical theatre and classical – singing together shouldn’t blend. Yet look a little closer and we recall that Alfie Boe has a fine track record in musical theatre too, having starred in productions of Les Misérables; and as long ago as 2007, ...

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John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

John Wilson conduction the John Wilson Orchestra

Conductor: John Wilson Reviewer: James Garrington It’s been a few years since John Wilson first came to the public’s attention as the man who recreates classic film scores. Over the years since then, he has become increasingly well-known and popular – as shown by the large number of people who chose to spend their Sunday evening in his company at ...

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One Night of Rock – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Blonde female rock singer

Producer: Jack Applebaum Musical Director: Ruth Gomez Reviewer: Ruth Jepson For one night only, Huddersfield Town Hall was a Mecca for the slightly older gent and the ladies who, in their courting days, accompanied them to many a 70s and 80s rock gig. Gods of classic rock brought back to life by all-girl rock band Joanovarc, probably all of whom ...

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