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Manchester Camerata: Mozart’s Requiem – Leeds Town Hall

Manchester Camerate Orchestra

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Grant Llewellyn Reviewer: David Gann This concert was like a long clean drink or fulsome meal. It was nourishing and satisfying. Splendente te, Deus is our starter, seemingly short and slightly inconsequential, but nevertheless pleasing. Bright, major key, a song of praise, the harmonic language is simple and the temperament young and optimistic. Certainly moments ...

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Drink with a Chimp – Carriageworks, Leeds

Lead Writer: Daniel Ingram-Brown Director: Simon Brewis Reviewer: David Gann Drink with a Chimp is a remarkable piece of theatre. It is well written, acted and directed, but most of all it will touch deep places in all who see it. This is because it comes out of the fragility of our lives. Real lives. The work emerges as a ...

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BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Simon Wright Piano: Peter Donohoe Baritone: David Wilson-Johnson Reviewer: David Gann As the ‘finale’ concert to the wonderful Leeds International Orchestral Season, there is a sense of celebration and flourish. As the conductor and the eminent Peter Donohoe, after a sumptuous performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto, sit down together to play the original piano duet version of Ravel’s Ma ...

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Deranged Marriage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer and Director: Pravesh Kumar Producer: Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Reviewer: David Gann Duty or love? We dutifully clapped, and some loved it. A response to The Deranged Marriage needs to acknowledge a cultural perspective. This production, whatever else one may say, achieved a heart-warming shift of ethnicity in the Leeds going theatre audience. There is a script that ...

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Swanhunter – CAST, Doncaster

Music: Jonathan Dove Libretto: Alisdair Middleton Director: Hannah Mulder Musical Director: Justin Doyle Reviewer: David Gann This production is a synchronistic experience. Opera was never meant to be naturalistic or one-dimensional; its roots are in the neo-Greek ideals of ‘chorus’ and ‘heroes’ and include a full range of expressions. This piece taps into that paradigm, as the six singers are ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Invitation to the Dance – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Kees Bakels Piano soloist: Federico Colli Reviewer: David Gann Within the context of eminent orchestras that have thrilled audiences over this Leeds International Concert Season, there surely cannot be one more accomplished than our very own Orchestra of Opera North. This second of their concerts is yet again original and enthralling both in execution and innovative choice of pieces. ...

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BBC Philharmonic and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: David Hill Soprano: Sarah Tynan Tenor: Daniel Norman Baritone: William Dazeley Reviewer: David Gann Carl Orff, the composer of Carmina Burana, the centre piece of this concert, spent much of his working life teaching children. Fitting then, that this was a concert perfect for a young person’s first taste of orchestral and choral live music. What could be more ...

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Uncle Vanya – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Chekhov, Adapted by Samuel Adamson Director: Mark Rosenblatt Designer: Dick Bird Reviewer: David Gann This is a theatre of excellence, and not to be missed. Beautifully acted, directed, and designed, Uncle Vanya is given a new lease of life with a contemporary and incisive translation from Samuel Adamson that cuts through Chekhovian clichés, yet facilitates the actors to connect ...

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