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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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Friday Night Classics: John Williams at The Oscars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight John Williams is a musical chameleon. He is able to adjust his style to suit, it seems, any film, although he will, of course, forever be associated in the minds of audiences everywhere for his long-standing collaboration with Stephen Spielberg, having scored all but three of the latter’s films. Almost 85 years of age, ...

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Notes from a Small Island – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal This season the theme from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is The Spirit of England and over the season they will be celebrating music written in England, about England or inspired by England. Notes from a Small Island, programmed and presented by Catherine Arlidge (whose day job is as a violinist in the orchestra), is ...

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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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