Glasgow & West Scotland 5 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-48879158 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Hannah Rankin made history in June when she became the first Scottish woman to win a boxing world title.She … [Read more...] about The classical musician who is a boxing world champ
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Following its critically acclaimed London run, Olivier Award-winning musical Honk! is finally flying the nest this year, soaring into the Belgrade Theatre from June 4-8. Described as “flawless”, “relentlessly excellent” and “an absolute joy to watch”, this exuberant egg-stravaganza reimagines Hans Christian Andersen’s heartwarming classic The Ugly Duckling in a spectacular production bursting with puppetry, magic, illusions – and water guns! Created by award-winning British writer and composer duo Stiles and Drewe – the team behind musical theatre favourites Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium, it tells the story of Ugly, a plucky little bird who gets picked on by the other farmyard animals for being different. Pushed out of the flock, he embarks on an adventure across the marsh, encountering an array of colourful characters who teach him that he is more than just his fowl looks. … [Read more...] about Honk! The Musical makes a splash at the Belgrade Theatre
PUBLISHED: 17:20 03 April 2019 Rebecca MacNaughton Chilly Gonzales will come to Norwich in May to play at Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Alexandre Isard Archant You have to really watch Chilly Gonzales perform to understand what makes the self-described “musical genius” tick. Countless YouTube videos show him taking to the stage in a dressing gown and slippers as he offers the crowd a mix of musical styles on a genre-defying playlist. His performances are, by turns, intense, intimate, funny and provocative. “I like to play with the audience’s emotions,” he admits. “I like to disrupt.”At the heart of it, Chilly Gonzales – real name Jason Charles Beck – is a classically trained pianist who began learning to play at an early age. “My grandfather was my first teacher,” he says. “He represented the respectful side of music – the humanist tradition which builds on itself and means … [Read more...] about Self-declared “musical genius” to perform in Norwich as part of bumper festival line-up
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 1:47 PM EDT Apr 1, 2019 LOS ANGELES — "Alexa, what music should I listen to?" It's an interesting question that follows up with Amazon's Alexa asking follow-ups, one of the few times the personal assistant gets really conversational and makes suggestions. Alexa, via Amazon Music, gave me options: the late, legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt or singers Adele or James Taylor. I went for Django, and with that, my personal DJ robot had followed through successfully, finding three artists I love. Such it is with music commands for personal assistants. You can ask Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant to be your personal DJ, and most times, it can turn out really well. The AI knows your listening history, even one that's as eclectic as mine, so if I listen to a lot of jazz and classical, with a mix of classic rock, it knows, and will respond accordingly. The key is knowing what to ask, and refining … [Read more...] about Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri: Which is best for finding music I want?
The former Manchester City, Wrexham and Northern Ireland midfielder Jim Whitley has exchanged his football boots for tap shoes and will appear in Crooners, a new comedy musical show, set to hit Mansfield Palace Theatre on Thursday, April 4. When injury cut short Jim’s football career, he jumped on the chance to get back to his love for music and rekindle his previous experience as a singer. His love for swing music, The Rat Pack and the Great American Songbook soon saw Jim become one of the UK’s most in-demand crooners on the theatre circuit, and he jumped at the opportunity to play homage to his crooner hero’s Sammy Davis Jr, Matt Monro and Bobby Darin. Whitley (pictured above right) said: “This is music from a time where men had style and charisma and could sing, dance, and joke like the best of them. What a time for music.” The new show Crooners includes more than 20 all time classic crooner songs such as Mr. Bojangles, L.O.V.E, Mac The Knife and … [Read more...] about Ex-footballer Jim Whitley stars in musical comedy at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre next month