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CBSO: Henry V – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Henry V - CBSO

Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Sam Chipman This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: the world renowned bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Even centuries after his death his plays are performed, readand studied ceaselessly around the globe – a testament to his genius. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s playsand this concert features work that has been inspired by ...

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray McVay

Conductor: Ray McVay Reviewer: James Garrington   In December 1944, a small aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. On board was renowned band leader Major Glenn Miller. Fortunately, his music did not disappear with him, and 70 years on, there are still tribute bands keeping the tradition alive. Very popular music it is, too – to fill Birmingham’s Symphony Hall ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tim Howar, Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen and Graham Bickley in The Sound of Musicals

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   How do you lift yourself from the torpor that descends in those few days between Christmas and New Year? Well, one way is to descend on Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and spend an evening in the company of singers with superb musical theatre pedigrees as they entertain you with a selection of songs from ...

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Christmas with Aled Jones – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: James Garrington   Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the regular Symphony Hall Christmas Festival season – and at its heart, the celebrity-led concert of Christmas music and carols. This year we have Aled Jones at the helm, as the London Concert Orchestra and City of Birmingham Choir get everyone in the festive mood with a ...

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Sinatra Centenary – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Frank Sinatra at a Capitol Records recording session, 1954. © 1978 Sid Avery / mptv.net

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: James Garrington   This year marks the centenary of the birth of Frank Sinatra, surely one of the greatest interpreters of song of the 20thCentury – and this concert, performed on what would have been his 100th birthday, presents a celebration of some of his best-loved work, with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, singers and dancers. The ...

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Friday Night Classics: James Bond, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics - James Bond - with the CBSO

Conductor: Stephen Bell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   This latest in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO) series of light classical concerts showcases music from the James Bond movie franchise. It could equally have been called “John Barry vs the Rest” as much of the orchestral music is taken from some of the 11 Bond movies he scored; “the rest” ...

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Friday Night Classics: La Vie en Rose – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) presents music from, and inspired by, France in this latest of its series of Friday Night Classics concerts of light orchestral music. So, as conductor Richard Balcombe mentions, there is plenty from the pen of Michel Legrand; classical songs associated with The Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf; and ...

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