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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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Transatlantic Sessions – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  John Kennedy For a more than a decade now, Birmingham commissures of Celtic/Americana Roots music have eagerly welcomed back the Transatlantic Sessions anticipating an uplifting and much-needed tonic to a weary world - and never more so. These artists and their collective eclectic muse are an apposite reminder that this sublime, canon of music draws its inspirational soul from ...

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Holst’s The Planets – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Nicholas Collon

Conductor: Nicholas Collon Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The Planets is possibly the most popular and enduring of the orchestral works of Gustav Holst. Based on the astrological properties of the planets to give each of its movements its own flavour and personality, its original title was Seven Pieces for Large Orchestra, and this is certainly appropriate as the large stage of ...

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There Will Be Blood: Live – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Composer: Jonny Greenwood Conductor: Hugh Brunt Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Reviewer:  George Attwell Gerhards One notable thing about There Will Be Blood is Jonny Greenwood’s haunting soundtrack, an assault of tense and uneasy strings that sets your teeth on edge right from the first few shots. It perfectly captures the mood of Paul Thomas Anderson’s bleak sparse exploration of the ...

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Friday Night Classics: John Williams at The Oscars – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight John Williams is a musical chameleon. He is able to adjust his style to suit, it seems, any film, although he will, of course, forever be associated in the minds of audiences everywhere for his long-standing collaboration with Stephen Spielberg, having scored all but three of the latter’s films. Almost 85 years of age, ...

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