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Kate Rusby Live at Christmas – Harrogate International Centre

Music: Kate Rusby, Aaron Jones, Nick Cooke, Duncan Lyall, Stevie Iveson, Damien O’Kane, The Brass Boys Lyrics: traditional and Kate Rusby Reviewer: Sue Collier South Yorkshire’s very own maid in Barnsley Kate Rusby brings ChrisTea by Gumtmas cheer, magic and sparkle to Harrogate this evening. Receiving a warm and welcoming reception, the diminutive figured Rusby enters the stage in an ...

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CBSO Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Performed by: The CBSO and Choruses, with Hugh Dennis Conductor: Simon Halsey Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas in central Birmingham means different things to different people. For some it is the frantic bustle of the now regular German market, or shopping in the Bullring; for others it is partying along the famous – and locally infamous – Broad Street. Nestling alongside ...

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Handel’s Messiah – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Leeds Philharmonic Chrous/Florilegium Conductor: David Hill Reviewer: David Gann The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus performance of Messiah is delightfully refreshing. Also performing is the small baroque orchestra Florilegium (with original instruments), which is beautifully shaped with finesse and elegance, taking hold of the drama of the piece, making it count for the big moments. The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus was on ...

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Human League – O2 Academy, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Having missed the Human League’s performance headlining at last year’s Bingley Music Live it was thrilling to learn they were playing locally at the O2 Academy in Leeds. A tip for this venue: if you are planning a visit – book or get there early for a seated place on the balcony as this can fill up ...

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The BBC Big Band presents A Swinging Christmas – Town Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jiggs Whigham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The BBC Big Band is one of the BBC’s highly regarded stable of orchestras and bands, playing light jazz and swing music, although in recent years it has been managed outside the BBC and formed of freelance players. It has been one of the Town Hall’s Associate Ensembles since 2007. During the interval, it ...

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Kate Rusby at Christmas – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon   Christmas jumpers at the ready, dust off your Santa hats, the Christmas Concert season has begun. Who better to start the season off but folk singer Kate Rusby and her band. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Kate Rusby, this Yorkshire Songstress is well known in folk music circles with a plethora of successful albums ...

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