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Friday Night Classics : TV and Advert Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Many people would profess only to a passing acquaintance with classical music and maybe a fear that it will prove difficult to listen to, requiring rather more effort than more contemporary music. However, most of us, albeit unknowingly, are more familiar than we think - even if we can’t name any of them – ...

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The RAF in Concert, 2014 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The RAF Concert Tour is something of an institution, featuring musicians and singers from the RAF and, this year, paying tribute to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team, The Red Arrows. As the players take their place on stage in dress uniform in RAF blue, one might be forgiven for expecting ...

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Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, with Songs – Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Music: Paul Robeson Director: Olusola Oyeleye Reviewer: Sue Collier When the purchase of a Paul Robeson CD recently inspired the learning of some of his songs, attending last night’s performance of Call Mr. Robeson at the Bradford Alhambra Studio Theatre provided one with a far greater depth of understanding of the importance of Robeson’s music. Robeson has ...

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Clannad – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Ethereal folk group Clannad are celebrating their 40th year in the music industry this year. In those years they've developed quite the impressive CV. Many will know the group best for the music they've produced for TV and film over the years including; the theme from Harry's Game, music for Robin of Sherwood and the song 'I ...

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Ensemble 360 – Cast, Doncaster

Reviewer: Andrew White An evening of chamber music in Doncaster is still a relative novelty, but the team at Music in the Round are working to make it a regular fixture in the cultural life of this town – and they've found a natural home in the Second Space at Cast. Music in the Round are the largest promoters of ...

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YolanDa Brown – The Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Reviewer:Bill Avenell YolanDa Brown made a brave attempt to fill the Connaught Theatre with her five-piece band last night, but sadly it didn't quite come off. Full of schoolgirl enthusiasm, she hopped about the stage in four-inch heels wagging her booty, quelling or encouraging the rhythm section with back kicks and hand signals. Sadly it feltlike someone was wearing a ...

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Kerry Ellis – City Varieties, Leeds

Musical Arrangements: Craig Adams Reviewer: Fran Winter The West End stage’s first lady Kerry Ellis came to City Varieties in Leeds as part of her 13 date venue tour across the UK. The show promotes Ellis’ new self-titled album, as she sings a number of tracks from her new album, intersected with stories about her career. Ellis opened the show ...

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An Evening With Quincy Jones – Royal College of Music, London

An Evening with Quincy Jones Reviewer: Gareth Ellis If Quincy Jones was to receive a star rating, he would definitely get five without question. The man is titan of the music industry and shaped the music we hear today. He has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson (he produced Thriller, the best-selling album of all time), Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, ...

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