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George Benson – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: RL Bartholomew Such is the stature of jazz great George Benson that - should he ever choose – he could walk on stage, mumble the titles of his monumental back catalogue and would, no doubt,  receive an ecstatic standing ovation. There is not, indeed, any such grandstanding at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall where the charismatic guitarist plays a two-hour set that effortlessly ...

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Friday Night Classics: First Ladies of Swing – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Guy Barker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight With a wry smile, Clare Teal explains that this concert, First Ladies of Swing, has been two years in the planning.  Since its genesis, there was the Swing Jazz Prom in 2017 that featured tonight’s guest vocalists – all of whom are male. Later, conductor Guy Barker leads a tribute that he arranged to ‘that ...

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Bryan Ferry – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The epitome of cool is, without doubt, Mr Bryan Ferry, now at the tender age of 72, he is back on the road with a global tour much to the delight of his legion of fans and last night saw him play the impressive Symphony Hall in Birmingham, a venue fitting in both style and grandeur and one which ...

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Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Six weeks after its postponement due to severe wintry weather, we assemble in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on one of the hottest days of the year so far for the latest Friday Night Classics offering from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), this time celebrating the music from great West End (and Broadway) musicals. ...

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Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s not entirely obvious now exactly when Jethro Tull was formed. A group of Blackpool musicians, including Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Hammond and John Evan, was playing locally in the mid-1960s. They subsequently moved to London, where they never got repeat bookings so went through several name changes; eventually, their agent named them Jethro Tull after the 18thcentury ...

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Yes: 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Prog Rock behemoth, Yes, is celebrating a BIG birthday – it’s 50 years since Chris Squire and Jon Anderson were introduced by London club owner, Jack Barrie. Joined by drummer, Bill Bruford, guitarist, Peter Banks and Tony Kaye on keyboards, the new band started performing in 1968. Throughout its history, the line-up has been fluid with regular ...

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Joan Baez: Fare Thee Well Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It is hard to believe that Joan Baez has been on the touring circuit for well over fifty years but true it is and her final tour offering came to Birmingham last night to the delight of many die-hard fans and music aficionados.  Famed on the folk circuit for her emotive voice and powerful anti-establishment lyrics, Baez ...

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