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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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Pop Factor, The Concert 2015 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Director: Hayley-Jane Simmons, Jonathan Mawson Musical Direction: Darren John Reviewer: Louise Sharp Pop Factor the Concert is an electric, live and interactive show which pays tribute to a variety of favourite chart hits including Little Mix, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Avicci and more. Sinead Mathias, Douglas Fanning, Charlie Royce, Karmelle Pelham, Lori-Suzanne Kellett, Conor Crown, Clavin Hudson and Ellie Self ...

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A Night of Queen – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Bohemians tribute band members begin as they mean to go on: ‘We will rock you’, and it’s a promise, they certainly do rock the rafters. The beat is strong, the volume is high, and all the numbers are renditions of the famous offerings from the late Freddie Mercury and his talented musicians. The audience is taken ...

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Lancashire Hotpots: The Fistful of Scratchcards Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Less than a year since their last visit to The Lowry, the Lancashire Hotpots made a triumphant return playing to a packed house. While more than an estimated 195 million people were watching the Eurovision Song Contest on TV, nearly 1,000 people were worshipping good old Lancashire humour. This year’s offering entitled The Fistful of Scratch cards ...

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Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland – Alhambra, Bradford

Director: Christopher Manoe Creative Director: Arlene Phillips Choreographer: Richard Roe Musical Director: Colin Freeman Reviewer: Laura Stimpson You know that rare occasion when you see a show that you just know you’ll remember forever? Well this is it! There’s something truly magical about listening to stories of musical Hollywood legends by someone who knew them. But when the person in ...

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