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Last Night of the Summer Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton Reviewer: James Garrington Birmingham’s Symphony Hall may not be everyone’s first choice of a place to go on a warm July evening, but the thought of a Last Night of the Summer Proms is enough to fill this wonderful concert hall to the rafters. Presented by the London Concert Orchestra, the audience are treated to an ...

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Friday Night Classics: New York, New York – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Friday, 4th July and time for another in the CBSO’s concert series, Friday Night Classics. As conductor Michael England points out, the date cries out for a celebration of American music, but how to choose? This concert focuses on the East Coast, and New York in particular with music by those titans of ...

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David Gray – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer – Jonny Black Manchester born singer-songwriter David Gray is one of those performers who seems to have wide ranging appeal. I wondered how full the theatre would be tonight as the tickets were a little on the expensive side. This was certainly not a concern, with the theatre packed with an excitable audience who are definitely up for a ...

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Illegal Eagles – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

The Illegal Eagles Reviewer: Jo Payne One could be forgiven for thinking that a classic mega-group tribute band to would consist of a collection of greying seniors attempting to recreate their original sound. In many cases, that is unfortunately too true. Not for these guys. The Illegal Eagles have been touring the country, with a variety of line-ups, playing, arranging ...

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Thriller Live, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Pete Benson The seeds of Thriller Live were arguably nurtured out of love and passion when Adrian Grant set up the British Michael Jackson Fan Club. This took him on an amazing journey meeting Jackson, writing several books about him and then staging an annual Michael Jackson tribute show. With approval from the man himself that ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is no getting away from the gallows in this production, it is there throughout the evening. The fate of Martha Brown is foretold and we are not going to be allowed to forget it. The noose that eventually hangs her may be variously a ...

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Carnaby Street: The Concert – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Based on an original idea by Carl Leighton-Pope Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It was a bit of a shaky start to the concert as the band scampered on to the stage looking terrified. The audience then sat stony faced during the first song which was one of the original songs from Carnaby Street the Musical. The songs then jumped into a ...

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Gareth Malone Voices Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Assistant Musical Director: Michael Higgins Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer The UK’s favourite choir master is renowned for rallying ordinary people and giving them the confidence to sing, showing them that the most important thing is the personal joy that it brings and the community it creates, rather than the technical ability or the need to show off. Examples of his notable ...

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