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Military WAGS Choir: Strawberries and Song – Town Hall, Richmond

Musical Director: Carol Gedye Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It is five years since the Military WAGS Choir was formed in Catterick Garrison, just as 19 Brigade was about to embark on a six month tour to Afghanistan at the height of the war. Due to the transient nature of the forces, very few original members remain who have been involved from ...

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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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Britten Sinfonia – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Carter, Bennett, Copland, Barber, (Encore: Arlen, Gershwin) Leader: Jacqueline Shave Soloist: Sarah Connolly Reviewer: David Gann In this concert the audience quickly senses ingredients of the American aesthetic. Only minutes into Carter’s ‘Elegy for Strings’ (1943), and we are in a world of melodic curves, writ large, rising up with grave intensity towards a deeply felt emotional climax. They ...

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Carry on Swinging – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Musical Director: Chris Dean Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4] Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra has been voted the Best Big Band in the UK for over a decade and from the start of the show you can see why. As soon as Chris Dean comes onto the stage and the orchestra starts with Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band, the compact Theatre ...

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Porgy and Bess – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Christine Crouse Music: Gershwin Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating: 4]   Following on from their 2009 venture, Cape Town Opera returns to the Wales Millennium Centre with Gershwin’s jazz opera, Porgy and Bess, as part of a lengthier tour throughout the UK. The storyline communicated here could easily focus on the darker elements of the plot; the racism, the oppression, ...

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