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The Damnation of Faust – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Tim Harding The Damnation of Faust is a curious beast; a “dramatic legend” conceived by the composer as a piece for the concert hall, not the opera house, and yet requiring fully realized dramatic performances from singers and orchestra. Under the baton of Edward Gardner, the familiar story of the scientist Faust who ...

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Friday Night Classics: The Music of Harry Potter – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight While this concert from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is advertised as The Music of Harry Potter; in fact, it’s rather more. The atmosphere is set as lots of youngsters attend dressed as wizards, witches or even Harry himself. And our host is Tommy Pearson who remains in character (and cloak) as ...

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Holst’s The Planets – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Nicholas Collon

Conductor: Nicholas Collon Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The Planets is possibly the most popular and enduring of the orchestral works of Gustav Holst. Based on the astrological properties of the planets to give each of its movements its own flavour and personality, its original title was Seven Pieces for Large Orchestra, and this is certainly appropriate as the large stage of ...

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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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