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Orpheus – Bristol Old Vic

Devised: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Kris Hallett Well, Orpheus does eventually make it onto the historic Bristol Old Vic stage. A few months after ENO’s co-production ofOrfeofound itselfpulled by the financially struggling opera company, we finally get the opportunity to see the myth on stage and with some of Monteverdi’s compositions to boot. It’s the musical highlights ...

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NEWS: The countdown starts to Scotland’s newest music festival in Aberdeen

With just days to go, Aberdeen is gearing up to host Scotland’s newest music festival with a weekend of gigs, pop-up performances in pubs, late night jamming sessions, workshops and a star-studded Neil Young celebration. Starting on Friday, September 25 2015,True North will turn a national spotlight on the north-east’s singer-songwriter tradition and provide a platform for thevery best music ...

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Tubular Bells for Two – Town Hall, Birmingham

Music: Mike Oldfield Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tubular Bells is an iconic piece of music and justly famous for many reasons. Incredibly, when it was released in 1973 (the first release on the fledgling Virgin record label), Oldfield was just 19, having written, played and recorded almost every instrument – all of which were listed in the album notes, using the ...

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Crosby, Stills and Nash – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Crosby, Stills and Nash Reviewer: Pete Benson Going to a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert is like sitting at home by the fire with an old pair of slippers on and a cup of hot chocolate at your elbow. It’s warm, comfortable and you are soon overcome by that peaceful, easy feeling. Here, we have three ageing ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner & Strauss – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Emma Bell (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson In recent years, through the Leeds Town Hall semi-stagings under Music Director Richard Farnes, the Orchestra of Opera North has gained a reputation as a top-class Wagner orchestra. However, in the opening concert of the Kirklees season, despite two Wagner pieces on the programme, the focus was very much on ...

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Jethro Tull The Rock Opera – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music, Lyrics and Book: Ian Anderson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Say the name ‘Jethro Tull’ to people and you are likely to elicit one of three responses depending on their age and interests – a blank look; if of a historical bent: ‘Oh, yes, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill’; or, if someone of a certain ...

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Leo Sayer: Restless Years Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly 42 years after he shot to fame with his hit single The Show Must Go On, British singer-songwriter and 70s music legend Leo Sayer returns to the UK for a rare and much anticipated tour in support of his latest album Restless Years. With 16 hit albums and 26 hit singles to his name, Leo Sayer is ...

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Richard Thompson Electric Trio in concert – The Lowry, Salford

  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   Sometimes nepotism works. Richard Thompson’s daughter Kami and James Walbourne comprise acoustic folk duo ‘The Rails’ who provide strong support at The Lowry. The duo combines excellent musicianship with nicely shaky stagecraft mixing up the titles of songs and forgetting the date when they are due to return to the city. Their mournful tunes really ...

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