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A Night at the Movies – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music: David Arnold Conductor: Nicholas Dodd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Arnold is one of Britain’s most prolific and successful film composers, although such is the lot of the film composer that few will know the name or his impressive canon, which includes scoring five James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and the TV series Sherlock. This evening, he appears ...

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Inala – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Composer: Ella Spira Choreographer: Mark Baldwin Musical Director: Rob Barron Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Four time Grammy award winners Lady Smith Black Mambazo are bringing something a little different on UK tour –Inala, a Zulu ballet. First opening in 2009 to much success, Inala is a collaboration between the nine piece male vocal harmony group, choreographer Mark Baldwin and composer Ella ...

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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: James Garrington Idina Menzel. Fans of musical theatre will remember her as the first Elphaba in Wicked, both on Broadway, and later in the West End. You may remember her for her rôle in the hit TV show Glee, or in the Disney movie Enchanted, before she was rediscovered by a whole new generation as the voice of Elsa ...

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Under The Radar – Sharpe and Kakoura – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Andrew Sharpe and Amy Kakoura form a songwriting and performing duo, specialising in folk, blues and jazz. Sharpe was already an established pianist when they met, largely by chance, over two years ago. Kakoura was a musical theatre graduate, writing and performing her own material. Since meeting and forming a team, they have collaborated on the new ...

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John Barrowman – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: James Garrington Depending on your interests, you might know John Barrowman from his work on How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria and subsequent TV casting shows; as Captain Jack in Torchwood; his TV presenting work; his radio show; or his many stage appearances in musicals or panto. In fact, such is Barrowman’s talent and popularity that there ...

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A Swinging Affair – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Reviewer: James Garrington Some of the popular music during the 1940s and 1950s was written, and sung, by Errol Flynn’s chauffeur. This fact is narrated during an evening that is otherwise packed full of music, with few interruptions for anecdotes or conversation, as vocalist Claire Martin is joined by legendary saxophonist Ray Gelato for their first show together, A Swinging ...

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BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Simon Wright Piano: Peter Donohoe Baritone: David Wilson-Johnson Reviewer: David Gann As the ‘finale’ concert to the wonderful Leeds International Orchestral Season, there is a sense of celebration and flourish. As the conductor and the eminent Peter Donohoe, after a sumptuous performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto, sit down together to play the original piano duet version of Ravel’s Ma ...

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