Tag : orchestra

Re:Imagining B.I.G.’s ‘Ready To Die’

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I remember it better than I remember most things these days. I remember, the first time I sat down to listen to The Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal debut album Ready To Die, being struck by the orchestral nature of its 22 year-old curator’s dark and powerful musings. This was not the … Read More

Student pop-up orchestra thrills Christmas shoppers

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Saturday’s Christmas shoppers were treated to the powerful sounds of a Leeds College of Music pop-up orchestra. The students were raising awareness and funds on behalf of Canopy Housing, a Leeds based charity that works to provide homeless people with temporary shelter by renovating derelict buildings. The pedal-powered musicians played and sang … Read More

Preview: Prague Symphony Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall 28/11/15

3 years ago / 0 comments

Internationally renowned British violinist, Chloë Hanslip performs with one of the top Czech musical ensembles, Prague Symphony Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 28 November. Described as performing with ‘panache, poise, and laser-like accuracy’ (BBC Music Magazine), Chloë Hanslip performs Beethoven’s well-known Violin Concerto, nicknamed the ‘kettledrum’ due to the … Read More

Neil Young’s ‘Storytone’ Album Review

4 years ago / 0 comments

If all music could sound as crystal clear as this, it makes you wonder whether Young’s Pono portable music player was such a ridiculous idea. For Storytone, Young recruited a John Williams sized orchestra – 92 musicians to be exact. Anyone who knows Young might think there would be a … Read More

The Music Of Burt Bacharach at Leeds Town Hall

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“It makes you proud of the city. They don’t build things like this anymore,” says an elderly man gazing up in wonder at Leeds Town Hall’s magnificently decorated ceiling. He’s right. Architecture is on its arse. And this issue is analogous to a problem in popular music too: so many … Read More