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CBSO Summer Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor:Robert Ziegler Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What better way to round off a sweltering week could there be than an evening in the air-conditioned splendour of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in the company of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) as they play a selection of pieces inspired by summer? Under the baton of conductor Robert Ziegler we are treated to ...

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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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Friday Night Classics: Symphonic Disco Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Hmm… the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) playing a concert of 1970s disco classics … seems a bit oxymoronic, no? No. Regular attendees at the CBSO’s popular series of light classical concerts, Friday Night Classics, know that the CBSO can and will turn their talented hands to most genres, and tonight proves ...

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Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The latest in the series of evenings light classical music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Between 1943 and 1959, they dominated musical theatre in America. Tonight’s concert takes music from seven, including their five most successful: Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and ...

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Family Concert: Family Film Favourites – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jean-Claude Picard Presenter: Alasdair Malloy Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The foyer at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is full of children in their Sunday best, including party dresses, three-piece suits, bowties and trilbies, and a buzz of excited anticipation. Yes, it is another of the Family Favourite concerts from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). And their excitement and anticipation ...

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Friday Night Classics: Smooth Classics – Symphony Hall Birmingham

Members of the CBSO

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Symphony Hall is full for the latest evening of light classical music from The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). On this occasion, there are no singers; the pieces are all well-known and well-loved orchestral pieces. One might imagine smooth classics to be bland; this isn’t the case this evening, although there is ...

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CBSO: Henry V – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Henry V - CBSO

Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Sam Chipman This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: the world renowned bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Even centuries after his death his plays are performed, readand studied ceaselessly around the globe – a testament to his genius. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s playsand this concert features work that has been inspired by ...

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Friday Night Classics: James Bond, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics - James Bond - with the CBSO

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   This latest in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO) series of light classical concerts showcases music from the James Bond movie franchise. It could equally have been called “John Barry vs the Rest” as much of the orchestral music is taken from some of the 11 Bond movies he scored; “the rest” ...

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