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Russell Watson and his Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Russell Watson was famously discovered singing Presley covers in northern Working Men’s clubs. When a club secretary suggested he have a go at Nessun Dorma and, despite Watson not having had any classical singing training, a career was born. And since then Watson has ruled supreme in the classical crossover arena, equally at home crooning or singing ...

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Genesis Revisited and Classic Hackett – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It was a little over 40 years ago, in December 1976, that Genesis released their eighth studio album Wind & Wuthering. This came at a time of considerable change in the band – it had been pronounced dead by many in the music industry following the departure of lead singer, Peter Gabriel in 1975, sprang back to ...

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Friday Night Classics: British Blockbusters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Nicholas Dodd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight  The Spirit of England season from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) continues with this offering, part of the Friday Night Classics light classics concerts, this time focusing on British Blockbusters that is, music associated and used in film. During the evening we are treated to stirring martial music, jaunty dances and expansive, ...

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Celebrating Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It’s just over 100 years since Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His career had its ups and downs, taking in periods as a teen idol, film actor and academy award winner and elder statesman of music. Although he never learned to read music, his innate musicality made him the supreme interpreter ...

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Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Formed nearly 50 years ago by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, Yes is known for its extravagant performances, elliptic lyrics and convoluted music. And, of course, the many changes in line-ups as members came and went over the years. Anderson, together with long-standing ex-band members Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin, formed ARW and they are now touring, ...

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Brit Floyd: The Immersion Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight There can be few who aren’t at least aware of Pink Floyd – pioneers of progressive and psychedelic music, they sought perfection in all they did including performing live. This aspiration led to the replacement of their original creative force, Syd Barrett, who became unreliable because of mental health issues, with David Gilmour. The pursuit of perfection ...

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Friday Night Classics: Cole Porter – Let’s Do It – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Roderick Dunk Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Unlike many of his songwriting contemporaries, Cole Porter wrote both music and lyrics for his songs, a fact that added an extra dimension to his writing with words and music complementing one another from the genesis of the song to the finished piece, working together in equal partnership to achieve Porter’s end. And it ...

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