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Friday Night Classics: Ultimate Playlist with Classic fm – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The latest in the series of Friday Night Classics from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) sees their partnership with Classic fm bring the ‘Ultimate Playlist’. Presented by Classic fm presenter, John Suchet, this concert includes a number of favourites, some of which have special importance to the CBSO as it prepares for its ...

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Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited 2019 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: CL Delft One of rock’s most enduring critical cliches holds that when Steve Hackett departed Genesis in 1977 he took the band’s progressive tendencies with him, leaving it free to become the soulless commercial juggernaut (or great pop group, depending on your point of view) whose sound defined the mid-eighties.  Whether you hold with that view or not, there’s ...

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Trevor Horn – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: C L Delft Before he became the defining producer of the 80s, Trevor Horn had served an apprenticeship as a performer, topping the charts in 1979 as part of The Buggles with Video Killed The Radio Star and going on from there to front a later incarnation of the progressive rock band Yes, before settling for a life mostly ...

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Lea Salonga – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Theatrical powerhouse and Broadway icon Lea Salonga is currently headlining her first set of UK concerts, bringing her one-woman show to the beautiful Birmingham Symphony Hall as part of her tour. The concert was rescheduled from February due to Salonga breaking her leg on a family skiing holiday; however, the postponement scarcely matters as she delivers a ...

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The Damnation of Faust – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Hector Berlioz Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Tim Harding The Damnation of Faust is a curious beast; a “dramatic legend” conceived by the composer as a piece for the concert hall, not the opera house, and yet requiring fully realized dramatic performances from singers and orchestra. Under the baton of Edward Gardner, the familiar story of the scientist Faust who ...

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Space Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Pete Harrison Reviewer: Selwyn Knight ‘In space, no one can hear you scream’ was the tagline to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. Of course, with no air to carry sound, no-one can hear anything else either, which is a problem for film and tv franchises that have at their heart wars between opposing regimes set in space – explosions ...

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Aida – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Guiseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Sir Richard Armstrong Reviewer: Tim Harding It’s easy to think of Verdi’s Aida in grandiose terms: extravagant sets, large choruses of soldiers and priests, dancers, horses and chariots.  But is that what this opera is all about?  True, the Triumphal March in Act 2 traditionally contains all these elements, but there is ...

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INTERVIEW: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Vince Contarino talks touring, perspex and John Bonham

It fell upon a time, befitting the British Establishment, to once and for all solve the endemic criminal fraternities’ disposition towards upsetting the equilibrium of The State through larcenous diversions – poaching a rabbit, stealing a loaf of bread, being Irish, American or Seditious – slagging-off whichever corpulent/mad George was currently squatting his fat rump on the throne. The answer ...

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