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War Horse: The Story in Concert – Leeds Town Hall

Music: Adrian Sutton Writer: Michael Morpurgo Songs: John Tams Drawings and artwork: Rae Smith Conductor: David Angus Narrators: Michael Morpurgo, Juliet Stevenson Performed by: Orchestra of Opera North, St Peter's Singers Reviewer: Rich Jevons Michael Morpurgo's War Horse has been seen in both theatre and film to great success, not to mention being a best-seller. But War Horse: The Story in ...

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The Damnation of Faust – Leeds Town Hall

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Simon Wright Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is reputed for their variety of operas and other works which are hosted season after season.  Their orchestra and choirs, however, are a success in their own right and are regular features in the Leeds International Concert Seasons.  On this occasion Orchestra of Opera North plays Hector Berlioz’s The ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Smetana, Bartók & Dvořák – Leeds Town Hall

Violin soloist Augustin Hadelich

Music: Smetana, Bartok, Dvorak Conductor: Juanjo Mena Violin soloist: Augustin Hadelich Reviewer: Rich Jevons In this all-Eastern European programme, we commence with the second of Czech composer Smetana’s symphonic poems from Ma Vlast, familiar in its heroic and lyrical celebration of his homeland and in particular, the river Vltava. It is a perfect piece to demonstrate the strength of the ...

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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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Scaling the Heights: Orchestra of Opera North – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Brahms, Ravel, Debussy Conductor: Richard Farnes Violin soloist: Jack Liebeck Reviewer: David Gann There was a delight on the faces and shared comments of those in the audience as we rose to leave Leeds Town Hall. This was a concert to remember. We had experienced truly inspirationalmusic, orchestral playing and conducting of the highest order. The musical sensitivities and ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part I

Over the next week we shall be looking at the shows that have got our regional editors excited in 2014. Today we shall be looking at Ireland, South East and North East &Yorkshire. Are you excited by any of these productions? Share what you think in the comments section below. IRELAND: Ciara Murphy Here at The Public Reviews in Ireland, ...

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Leeds international concert season: Black Dyke Band – Morley Town Hall

Conductors: Dr Nicholas Childs and Dr Robert Childs Compere: Simon Lindley Reviewer: Matt Stimpson [rating:4.5] Yorkshire is famed for its brass bands, some of the world’s finest bands come from the county, on the contest stage the most successful of these is the Black Dyke Band. The band was formed in Queensbury in 1855, has over 300 recordings to its ...

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