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Preview: BSO’s Love and Loss

Following their epic return to the Great Hall stage just a fortnight ago, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continue their 2019-20 concert season this Thursday night. Celebrated operatic conductor Stephen Barlow will be taking the orchestra under his baton and leading us on a journey of love and loss through the music of Strauss, Beethoven and Prokofiev. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Love and Loss

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Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

Interviewing drummer Oli Khan from Sea Girls was like having a chat with a mate’s mate at a uni house party. We chatted in a small room with a low slanted ceiling, my phone sat on a stool to record the conversation. Oli went on to talk about feeling good, doing whatever makes you happiest continually, and making your way in the world with friends at your side: Continue reading Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

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Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

The three-piece band Mysterines opened for Sea Girls at Bristol venue, The Fleece. Even listening to them before the gig left me unprepared for their loud, fairly heavy style, a ride which warmed up the crowd on what seemed like the first cold day of the year.

When the main act came on to the stage of this sold-out venue, the expectation was palpable. Sea Girls’ singalong hits like ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ are massive enough to fill a stadium, with almost everyone following the remarkable vocal line which impressively hit every peak live as perfectly as in the track. This high standard is unsurprising, with their festival performances taking them to the acclaimed BBC Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds. The band still manage to retain an intimacy to their performance though, perhaps naturally so given that the group have been friends since school. The way they styled out their new pieces was particularly unique. I felt like I was singing along even when I didn’t know the words. These were songs I wanted to know, to shout while gripping the barriers in front of a smaller stage, or amongst a mob in an arena. Continue reading Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

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Preview: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Sea Girls continue trailblazing with their quickly selling out UK Autumn tour, springboarding off a Polydor Records deal and exceptional festival season. Despite going from fledgling band to indie essential in two years, they boast a impressive repertoire, twisting and turning through sparky riffs, stick-in-your-head melodic lines, power ballad vocals and an electric energy.  Continue reading Preview: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

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Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

With a programme like Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra could do nothing but start their concert season with a triple forte bang. I should begin with a disclaimer that I perhaps don’t write from the usual perspective of a casual BSO concert-goer, having been connected with the orchestra in varying forms as a spectator, concert steward and President of Exeter Uni Symphony Orchestra for many years now. I always find it interesting seeing the different people that rock up to the BSO concerts: the regulars who have been coming religiously since The Great Hall was built (as one man informed me when I offered to help him find his seat), the well-dressed families having a civilised evening out, the young couples on a classy concert date. This Thursday, the crowds were out in full for the BSO’s return to Exeter with this spectacular programme. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

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Review: White Roses by Flyte

Flyte have not disappointed with their eagerly awaited new EP, White Roses. The London-based band have been determined to deliver quality in their new music meaning there has been a two-year gap between the debut album, The Loved Ones, and White Roses, with only the single Moon Unit in-between. It has been worth the wait – the result is a record that feels beautifully crafted and just as soul-touching as their previous releases. Continue reading Review: White Roses by Flyte

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Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are back and they’re kicking off their 2019/20 concert season with some absolute classical bangers. Their opening concert ‘Elgar’s Masterpiece’ will be taking place this Thursday 26th September and features some gems you won’t want to miss.

You’ll be jerked to attention by the opening chords of Sibelius’ iconic Finlandia, soon moving from dark and dramatic brass to a ceremonious anthem for Finland, via a lively melody that will lift your spirits to the Great Hall ceiling. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Elgar’s Masterpiece