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MUSIC REVIEW: Christmas Oratorio: BREMF

This evening’s music was superb, it’s almost as if the BREMF was saving the best till last but this year’s programme has excelled in the quality of its music and tonight was...
Posted On 14 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: TALES IN MUSIC: THE PIGEON AND THE ALBATROSS: Little Baroque Company

TALES IN MUSIC: THE PIGEON AND THE ALBATROSS Little Baroque Company The room was full of rows of expectant children and the parents in a semi circle everyone excited. The room...
Posted On 13 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: ORFEO: BREMF

Once again the Brighton Early Music Festival shows that you can take problematic and difficult pieces of early music and when stripped down and presented with care and...
Posted On 09 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: Roots, Shoots and Celestial Flowers: BREMF

The Soprano and two mezzos gave some sublime and subtle performances across the evening and I found myself floating off into the ethereal vaults more than once as their voices...
Posted On 06 Nov 2017
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OPERA REVIEW: The life to come by Fry & Mander

it's refreshing to listen to the voice of such a staunch eloquent atheist being applied to religious dogma and doggerel and the very real harm it has caused to the expression...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: The Real Thing @Theatre Royal

Stoppard’s words fly around, they are funny and caustic, the actors obviously enjoy speaking them, even if the sentences are often more than a mouthful, the set piece speeches...
Posted On 31 Oct 2017
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REVIEW: Rodelinda @ENO

This is one of the best productions of Rodelinda I’ve seen and the strong Welsh contingent gives it a real Celtic flavour and strength, it’s a three and half hour thumper of a...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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REVIEW: An Audience with Armistead Maupin @Theatre Royal

This was an unforgettable evening with the Tales of the City author celebrating the launch of his long-awaited memoir Logical Family. From his early life in the conservative...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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REVIEW: PLAINSONG TO POLYPHONY: BREMF

Music from the 12th to the 16th centuries culminating in the ultimate polyphonic work, Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium this large gathering of voice had some gentle...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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DVD REVIEW: Teenage Kicks

Teenage Kicks (Matchbox DVD) certainly starts off in an arresting way with incestuous desire leading directly to death within about two minutes. Yet Miklós Varga (Miles...
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REVIEW: Orpheus Caledonius: BREMF

This was a beguiling mix of the 18th century blending with contemporary Scottish folk singing and the talents of Miller and Ozmo which together brought us into a state of...
Posted On 28 Oct 2017
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BOOK REVIEW: A Marvellous Party by Ian Elmslie 

He shares his respect and joy of the Queer icons who have inspired him, and given him the strength to get through the the tough time,  he shares the things he has learned and...
Posted On 26 Oct 2017
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Toupie Lowther: Her life by Val Brown: Book Launch

Local author Val Brown launched her new book last night. This book is an insightful new biography of Toupie Lowther who appears as a walk-on character in many biographies of...
Posted On 26 Oct 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: Rules for Living @ Theatre Royal

Sam Holcroft’s marvellous comedy looks at a family get-together as it gradually disintegrates. Over the course of a Christmas lunch revelations are revealed, old resentments...
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