Author: Caitlin Bowring

Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Brahms Live at the Phil | A Review

Christian Mandeal conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of Romantic pieces, including Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 featuring pianist Ian Fountain. Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun) is quietly pretty, the piece opening with the undulating oriental ‘faun’ theme in the flute. The sprinkling of the harp arpeggios with orchestral swells conjure up the feeling of a heady summer garden, complete with buzzing bees from tremolo strings. Under Mandeal’s hand, beautifully serene violins rise up from the long-sustained chords of the rest of their section and the oboe’s teasing...

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University Band Society Collaborate with Threshold Festival 2017 in Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands winner will win a slot to perform at the festival, which takes place between 31st March and 2nd April. This exciting opportunity with Threshold Festival – a multi-arts event in venues across the Baltic Triangle – is in addition to BandSoc’s eagerly-awaited BotB final in March 2017. Threshold’s involvement in the BotB jury will be a great opportunity for society members to add a professional perspective to their music, and to become involved with Liverpool’s wider music scene. Threshold on their side will be launching a discounted student ticket for the festival as well as...

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“Who’s a believer here?” – Deacon Blue at Echo Arena 26/11/16

Ricky Ross, Lorraine Mcintosh, et al. prove the band has stood the test of time with hits old and new. Following 2012’s release ‘The Hipsters’, Deacon Blue were described as being “closer to hip replacements than hipsters”, but by the looks of Liverpool’s filled arena, the 80’s Scottish pop band are still very much loved; showing how their songs’ gentle appeal has transcended the decades. Complete darkness, and silence, falls on the venue for a stripped-back verse of gig-opener ‘People Get Ready’, which fades into ‘Come Awake’ from new album ‘The Believers’, the band members’ silhouettes slowly made out by warm orange...

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“What you sayin’ Liverpool?!” –– Nimmo support MØ at Arts Club 18/10/16

Nimmo kick-start the night with mid-tempo hi-hat driven ‘My Only Friend’, a track full of the characteristic syncopated synthesiser accents that place the band firmly in the electro-pop genre. However despite the instrumental busy-ness, it is a clean, well-organised soundscape that reaches our ears. Song #2, ’Dilute This’, is a lovelorn longing for something that is no more – ‘what have we become?’ – but the stick clicks and bubbling synth arpeggios give it dance energy. The only instruments that could be classed as acoustic on stage are William’s drum kit and Sarah’s Fender telecaster; Nimmo these days is...

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Liverpool University Students Release Debut Single Tomorrow

‘My Girl’, the debut single by the upcoming indie rock-pop foursome, We Were Glue, is the story of a hopeless romantic who despite every effort cannot find love. The song will be available on all major music store websites for streaming/purchase (59p), from Wednesday 9th November and will be celebrated with a free release show in Liverpool, details to be announced shortly. We Were Glue are the new indie four-piece to watch out for. Combining sweet indie-pop melodies and in your face guitars with a DIY work ethic and witty persona, the group have gone from strength to strength since...

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