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Richard Bratby

Richard Bratby

Classical music reviewer for the Birmingham Post

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Musician Ravi Shankar.

Review: Ravi Shankar's Sukanya at Symphony Hall

Musically, we heard generic moods – rapture, celebration – rather than the individual characters sketched by Amit Chaudhuri’s concise libretto.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street

Review: Tosca, English Touring Opera at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Amidst the scenic splendour of some productions, it's easy to forget that Tosca is actually one hell of a thriller.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Call Me God: A Dictator's Final Speech at Symphony Hall

Malkovich’s gift, paradoxically, is to make this whole compellingly horrible spectacle feel like a lot more than just a one-man show.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in rehearsal

Review: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the CBSO Centre

With BCMG, quality has always been more important than quantity.

Review: Macbeth by Welsh National Opera

Only the most blinkered opera-lovers object to an intelligent updating, but it was hard to see what new perspectives this offered.

The Old Rep Theatre

Review: Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci, Midland Opera at Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Midland Opera’s latest production takes Cav and Pag and relocates them to the world of Guys and Dolls. And it works.

Gloucester Cathedral.

Review: Three Choirs Festival: Dona Nobis Pacem at Gloucester Cathedral

There was nothing remotely dusty about this Three Choirs Festival performance by the Philharmonia in Gloucester Cathedral.

Classical music group I Fagiolini.

Review: Amuse-Bouche, I Fagiolini at Lichfield Festival

Jean Francaix's extraordinary Ode à la gastronomie is a tour-de-force, and I Fagiolini performed it with wit, precision and (when the music called for it) lip-smacking relish.

Norwegian trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helspeth plays with Manchester Camerata.

Review: Manchester Camerata at Lichfield Festival

The opening concert of the Lichfield Festival featured two world premieres.

Jeffrey Skidmore

Review: Ex Cathedra at St Philip's Cathedral

It begins with David Matthews' stunning, antiphonal Lichfield commission Dawn Chorus and ends with an eventide plainchant.

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