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Friday Night Classics: The Music of Harry Potter – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight While this concert from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is advertised as The Music of Harry Potter; in fact, it’s rather more. The atmosphere is set as lots of youngsters attend dressed as wizards, witches or even Harry himself. And our host is Tommy Pearson who remains in character (and cloak) as ...

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From Hollywood With Love – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Laura Stimpson The Orchestra of Opera North once again brings an absolute musical treat to Huddersfield Town Hall as part of the Kirklees Concert Season. From Hollywood With Love brings to the stage an evening of film music presented by Andrew Collins, Classic FM presenter and film editor the Radio Times. Collins’ comparing is informative and ...

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John Roberts Having already won millions of fans through the books and the record-smashing film franchise the Harry Potter series and world’s just keep getting bigger and bigger, so it is no surprise that following the recent trend of live orchestral concerts of blockbuster movies that the wizarding world of Harry Potter shouldn’t follow suit. Last year across the ...

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Friday Night Classics: Star Wars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A star scape

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering if John Williams realised how big the Star Wars behemoth was to be when approached by George Lucas to score the original 1977 film. We do know that Lucas was clear in his brief that, although the film was to be a space opera, fantastic in scope, he wanted traditional ...

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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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Friday Night Classics: Star Wars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ever since George Lucas’ blockbuster, Star Wars, hit the big screens in 1977, there has been a huge following for that galaxy far, far away and the fight there between good and evil that features Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a cast of bizarre alien lifeforms. This has spawned a further five ...

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The Very Best of John Williams – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It might be argued that film music should not be actively listened to, that it should enter the subconscious directly and support the mood onscreen. And much film music falls into that category. However, John Williams must have been absent from composing school on the day they covered that as this evening showed. His ...

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