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Mercury – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Since forming in 1998, Queen Tribute band Mercury have played at theatres, festivals and high profile shows across the UK and Europe, and the current tour proves why they are still at the top of their game. An authentic and realistic tribute to Freddie, has seen Joseph Lee Jackson collect a number of awards for his ...

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An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Famed for bringing Opera to the masses and known across the UK and beyond simply as ‘The Voice’ Russell Watson has been a household name for the past 15 years. He is a multi-platinum selling artist and has performed in many of the world’s major venues. As part of this tour he has returned to his home ...

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Sol3 Mio – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Sol3 Mio is a New Zealand operatic trio formed of two brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati from Mangere and their cousin Moses Mackay who comes from the North Shore. The brothers are both tenors while their cousin provides the counterpoint baritone. All three have well developed and superb sounding voices which are a delight to listen to. ...

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Last Night of the Spring Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Sam Chipman Last Night of the Spring Proms, in the afternoon? But the organisers can be forgiven for using the ‘last night’ terminology: after all ‘last afternoon’ would not have the same ring and would lack the reference to the famous British event. With all your flag-waving favourites, its quintessential Britishness is something to triumph in ...

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BBC Philharmonic and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: David Hill Soprano: Sarah Tynan Tenor: Daniel Norman Baritone: William Dazeley Reviewer: David Gann Carl Orff, the composer of Carmina Burana, the centre piece of this concert, spent much of his working life teaching children. Fitting then, that this was a concert perfect for a young person’s first taste of orchestral and choral live music. What could be more ...

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Katherine Jenkins: Home Sweet Home – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Sam Chipman Katherine Jenkins, Britain's premier classical crossover artist, is the fastest selling mezzo-soprano ever. Now releasing her tenth studio album, Home Sweet Home, she returns to Symphony Hall, after a year in which she both got married and became an aunt, to perform tracks off the new album plus favourites from throughout her career. The programme is well ...

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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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