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Wings – Huddersfield Town Hall

Film Director: William A. Wellman Composer: Carl Davis Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the end of the showing of Wings at Huddersfield Town Hall, a sizable proportion of the audience rose in a standing ovation. Who or what were they applauding? William Wellman, dead these 40-odd years, for an inspired piece of film-making? ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: David Bintley Composer: Carl Davis Reviewer: John Kennedy Ennui-induced moments of desperate TV multi-channel surfing can hardly avoid a repeat somewhere of the groundbreaking 1981 World At War documentary series, or that career-defining scene in Pride & Prejudice where Colin Firth’s Darcy plunges with svelte-pelt otter eroticism in to that balm-bathing ornamental pond. Carl Davis’ compositions, indeed, are ever to the fore. Tonight, ...

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Friday Night Classics: Ben-Hur – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Publicity photo featuring Francis X Bushman and Ramon Novarro

Composer and Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) plays light classics every month or so with a variety of themes and conductors. This month it is the turn of Carl Davis to conduct his score to the 1925 silent film, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, directed by Fred Niblo. Davis has ...

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CBSO Friday Night Classics: Charlie Chaplin – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Sam Chipman “You can’t hire this on Netflix” boasts the CBSO concert programme, and this couldn’t be truer. Very rarely will an opportunity come along in which you can watch a film accompanied by a live orchestra, and one in full vigour like the world class CBSO is not to be missed. Symphony Hall rarely sells ...

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Northern Ballet: A Christmas Carol – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Carl Davis Choreographer: Massimo Moricone Director: Christopher Gable Reviewer: Seb Farrell [rating:4] The Northern Ballet return to The Palace Theatre with what is now becoming their traditional Victorian festive favourite. The ballet is based upon the original 1992 choreography of Massimo Moricone and has become an audience favourite and the signature ballet of the company with good reason. Undertaking ...

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A Christmas Carol – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Composer: Carl Davis CBE Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreography: Massimo Moricone Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:5] There can be hardly anyone who is not familiar with the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely grumpy old man to whom Christmas is ‘Humbug’ and who has no charitable thoughts for anyone else. Then one night he is visited by the ghost ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: David Bintley Conductor: Paul Murphy Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:3] Aladdin is a new production of the ballet David Bintley first created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008, using a score (also slightly reworked) written by well-known film and TV composer Carl Davis. The story is familiar from the Thousand and One Nights and the many pantomime productions. ...

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