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LATITUDE 2015: Elle And The Pocket Belles

Artist(s): Elle And The Pocket Belles Venue: The Waterfront Stage Reviewer: Glen Pearce Latitude has never shyed away from musical variety. Alongside the expected festival music line up, Festival Republic’s programmers have always thrown in more unexpected, but equally welcome, musical acts. With the sound of Garage Pop in the background, a Vintage Swing quintet may seem an unlikely crowd ...

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Arvo Pärt / Manchester Camerata (Manchester International Festival) – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy (Manchester Camerata) Choir artistic director: Jaan-Eik Tulve (Vox Clamantis Choir) Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The 2015 Manchester International Festival has been characterised by a somewhat desperate pursuit of originality. This has generated works of shallow novelty and of high pretension. In such an environment the commissioning of a concert dedicated to a composer purely on the basis of ...

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Let’s Hang On – The Civic, Rotherham

Promoter: Derek Block Producer: Dino Buttarazzi Reviewer: Janet Jepson Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has become a truly legendary band over the years, helped on no doubt by the famous West End musical, Jersey Boys. The story of these young boy musicians from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together through trial, tribulation and ...

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Manchester International Festival: The Immortal – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Music: Mark Simpson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist: Melanie Challenger Conductor: Juanjo Mena Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tonight is all about death, and our attempts to cheat it. Mozart, aged 35, was railing against it (and lost) even as he was composing his great Requiem in D minor, which opens tonight’s Manchester International Festival programme at the Bridgewater Hall. Whether or not ...

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Burt Bacharach – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: James Garrington Most men, by the time they reach their 87th birthday, have long ago decided that it’s time to start taking things easy. Not so Burt Bacharach, who shows that, even after six decades of writing music, he is still going strong. He may look and sound a little frail, but Bacharach proves that he can command not ...

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The Man Who Sold the World – 02 Academy, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Firstly, full marks to the 02 Academy for their consideration towards audience members with disabilities, not to mention the immaculate nature of the acoustics and staging. The Man Who Sold the World is a touring company put together specially to perform a tribute to David Bowie, mainly focusing on the seminal album of its name. The show ...

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