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Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Performs Tchaikovsky: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Pavel Kolesnikov at the piano

Conductor: Denis Lotoev Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Birmingham Classical opens its new season of concerts with a performance from Russia’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. Included in their program is the rarely performed Piano Concerto No 2, a piece that is often felt to have issues around its balance. But if the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Pavel Kolesnikov, can’t interpret the piece, ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Image Emma Kauldhar

Artistic Director / Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The past few years have seen Northern Ballet developing their body of work, David Nixon OBE heralding brand new ballets and providing innovative additions to their ever growing portfolio of work. Continuing the success of last year’s 1984, Northern Ballet adds Jane Eyre to their current ...

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The Musicians – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Craig Sharkey Reviewer: Charlie Senate Given an opportunity to conduct his youth orchestra for the first time, and at the European Festival of Youth in Moscow no less, schoolboy Roland (Kieran Hoare) is understandably a bundle of nerves. But, the Prescot School Orchestra, who are to perform Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony that night, have a problem: Russian ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY. featuring Ashley Shaw

Music: Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty completes his reworking of the trio of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved ballets. After reinventing and making totally his own Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with his all-male corps de ballet of swans, which followed his updated version of Nutcracker!, Bourne finally returned to Sleeping Beauty in order to turn his creative ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Liverpool Empire

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: John Roberts   Completing his trilogy of Tchaikovsky’s big ballets, Matthew Bourne has once again brought his captivating sense of imagination and re-invented this classic ballet for The Vampire Diaries generation. Here, fairies, magic and mystery sit beautifully alongside the dark menace of the vampire and helps to firmly set Bourne’s gothic ...

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Swan Lake – Theatre Royal, Bath

Music:Pyotr Tchaikovsky Director: Marina Medvetskaya Reviewer: Beth Steer First commissioned in Moscow in 1875 and revived as a memorial to composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky in 1894, Swan Lake has become the pinnacle of classical ballet – a fairytale masterpiece of choreography and costume, comprised of music that is loved across generations. Maria Medvetskaya’s Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet (SPCB) brings the classic ...

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome

Members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet as Snowflakes in The Nutcracker

Music – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographers – Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Reviewer – Laura Jayne Bateman The Nutcracker is perhaps the most popular of the five quintessential classical ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppélia. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s version, first seen in 1990 upon the company’s move to the Midlands, has become a festive ...

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