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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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Simply Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Today, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall pays tribute to the undisputed King of Swing, Frank Sinatra. And who better to lead that tribute than (probably) Britain’s finest crooner, Matt Ford, although, as Ford explains, this isn’t a tribute act, it’s a celebration of Sinatra’s sound – Ford doesn’t try to impersonate Sinatra’s voice or his quirks, ...

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Friday Night Classics: Classic fm Hall of Fame – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In an evening in the company of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), one is pretty much guaranteed superb musicianship from all, with the acoustics of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall ensuring that every element is audible. So what is it that takes a good concert and makes it great? One feature might be the ...

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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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