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Stanley Clarke & Hiromi Duo – London Palladium

Musician/Performer/Composer:Stanley Clarke,Hiromi Uehara Reviewer: Georgina Newman If you know the world of contemporary jazz then you'll surely know the work of four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke and the equally extraordinaryHiromi Uehara.Philadelphia-born bassist Clarke is a household name, and after 40 years in the business, he's still polishing his reputation as a virtuoso bass player.Clarke has been brightening the jazz ...

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Symphonic Rock – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: David Firman Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating 70years as a leading London orchestra, having been founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. It has had a chequered history, almost coming to an end in the 1960s after Beecham’s death, even living under the threat of the loss of the epithet Royal in the title. ...

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Turin Brakes – Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Turin Brakes

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Turin Brakes have been around since the late 90’s but still feel like a band waiting to be discovered. They have never been mainstream, so have skirted the lower reaches of the charts only intermittently, but have built up a devoted cult following. The Derbyshire contingent loyally turn out for their performance in the intimate setting of ...

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Paul Carrack: Soul Shadows 2016 UK Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Paul Carrick playing live

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Ask most people if they know who Paul Carrack is and chances are, you’ll be met by a blank stare. But while you may not recongise the name, you’ll certainly know the voice. Dubbed as 'The Man with the Golden Voice' by the BBC, the Sheffield-born singer/songwriter is the talent behind an array of UK pop hits ...

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Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The latest in the series of evenings light classical music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Between 1943 and 1959, they dominated musical theatre in America. Tonight’s concert takes music from seven, including their five most successful: Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and ...

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Classic FM: Classic Romance – Huddersfield Town Hall

Poster Image of Classic FM at Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor/Violin: Tobias Ringborg Presenter: Anne-Marie Minhall Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Orchestra of Opera North’s Sunday afternoon concert to celebrate Valentine’s Day was conducted, appropriately enough, by Tobias Ringborg who is about to conduct The Elixir of Love with the company. The programme consisted of ten relatively short piecesbut was much more than just a series of romantic melodies. The narration ...

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Family Concert: Family Film Favourites – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jean-Claude Picard Presenter: Alasdair Malloy Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The foyer at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is full of children in their Sunday best, including party dresses, three-piece suits, bowties and trilbies, and a buzz of excited anticipation. Yes, it is another of the Family Favourite concerts from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). And their excitement and anticipation ...

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Alexander Armstrong: A Year of Songs Live – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Alexander Armstrong: A Year of Songs Live

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Many people will know Alexander Armstrong as one half of Armstrong and Miller, the comedy double act, or as the presenter, with Richard Osman, of BBC’s daytime quiz show, Pointless. What hasn’t been as well known up to now is that he is also a classically trained singer: he obtained a music scholarship to Durham School and ...

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