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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Christmas Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas in Birmingham – and what better way to get into the festive spirit than walking through the German Market to Symphony Hall for one of their annual seasonal concerts. The London Concert Orchestra opens proceedings, presenting Leroy Anderson’s overture A Christmas Festival, an arrangement of carols and Christmas music which sets the mood ...

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Last Night of the Christmas Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Who hasn’t watched Last Night of the Proms on TV in September and not wished they could be there, drinking in the party atmosphere at The Royal Albert Hall? Sadly, it’s not as easy as that – tickets are hard to come by and most of us have to enjoy the spectacle second hand. ...

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Bond and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Performed by The London Concert Orchestra Big Band Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: James Garrington Beautiful women, fabulous special effects, fancy gadgets, exotic locations; everyone has their own view of what makes a Bond movie special. It is over fifty years since the first Bond movie appeared on our screens in 1962, featuring Sean Connery and the famous scene with Ursula ...

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Jingle Bell Christmas – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What better way to get in the Christmas mood than an evening of Christmas music at Birmingham’s beautiful Symphony Hall? Certainly, the audience for this festive concert was up for it, many (including this reviewer) dressed in tasteless Christmas jumpers and sporting Santa Claus hats. And the London Concert Orchestra, led by conductor John Rigby and supported ...

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