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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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Gershwin in Hollywood – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Wilson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ever since he burst into the public’s consciousness at the 2009 Proms, the name of John Wilson has been synonymous with the romance and spectacle of the golden age of Hollywood movie musicals. Through painstaking research, he has reconstructed the orchestrations of such Hollywood luminaries as Conrad Salinger of MGM, often with little to ...

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Ex Cathedra 2015/16 The Grand Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore Director: Jeffrey Skidmore Reviewer: Gemma Corden Birmingham's renowned chamber choir, Ex Cathedra, is revered for bringing the unfamiliar in choral music to audiences but for this, their opening concert of the 2015/16 season, they bring a gutsy evening of big-hitting Baroque classics. Ex Cathedra are accompanied by their neighbours, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in a ...

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Jethro Tull The Rock Opera – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music, Lyrics and Book: Ian Anderson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Say the name ‘Jethro Tull’ to people and you are likely to elicit one of three responses depending on their age and interests – a blank look; if of a historical bent: ‘Oh, yes, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill’; or, if someone of a certain ...

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