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Friday Night Classics: 21st Century Blockbusters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight By its nature, film music is subservient to the films it accompanies, quietly manipulating the viewer’s emotions almost unnoticed. And so, much film music doesn’t really stand up alone. But some does, and this concert includes some of the finest film music – finest music - all of which wears its heart on its ...

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Barbara Dickson – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Barbara Dickson gazes out serenely from the cover of this evening’s programme. Looking at this image and the slight figure on stage at Birmingham Town Hall and listening to the clarity of her voice, it’s difficult to believe that she has been a stalwart of the Scottish and British folk scenes since the mid-1960s appearing on vinyl ...

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Hong Kong Philharmonic: Beethoven and Dvořák – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jaap van Zweden Reviewer: Sam Chipman The Hong Kong Philharmonic have not visited the UK in over 10 years, but return after celebrating their 40th Anniversary as a professional orchestra. An orchestra on the up they have been referred to as ‘the Berlin Philharmonic of Asia’. Quite an appraisal, as under the sharp direction of Jaap van Zweden they ...

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Karaoke – Holbeck Underground Ballroom, Leeds

Text and Music: Sammy Metcalfe Created by: Sleepwalk Collective Reviewer: Rich Jevons For Sleepwalk Collective’s Karaoke, two performers read and act from an autocue which we, the audience, can also see as projected on a screen. This is by no means a test of Iara Solano Arana and Sammy Metcalfe’s performing talents; they deliberately under-act and are completely deadpan throughout. ...

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BBC Big Band – The Sound of Cinema – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Conductor: Barry Forgie Reviewer: James Garrington There is nothing quite like the sound of a Big Band to inspire nostalgic thoughts of the 1930s and 1940s, and there is no doubt that the BBC Big Band ranks among the best. Here they present an evening inspired by some of the great movie sound-tracks spanning the 1930s right up to contemporary ...

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Waterloo: The Best of ABBA Tribute Show – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Reviewer: Paul Downham In 1974 the little known Swedish pop group ABBA swept to superstardom with their Eurovision winning ‘Waterloo’, and four decades later the song and the band remain as popular as ever. And judging from tonight’s reception at the Palace Theatre that fact is not about to change. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are ...

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Bon Jovi Experience – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Among all the Bon Jovi tribute bands touring around the world celebrating the bands distinct rock and roll sound, only one has ever been asked to perform with the legendary front man, Jon Bon Jovi himself. This would give any fan high expectations of the night ahead, with Tony Pearce as frontman Jon Bon Jovi. The ...

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Fairport Convention: Wintour – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

Music: Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Rick Sanders, Jerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Kevin Dempsey, Rosie Carson Reviewer: Sue Collier Fairport Convention’s UK Wintour 2015 rocked the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall as they played to a delighted army of loyal fans. Support act Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson started off the evening with a range of reels, jigs, songs and tunes. ...

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