Richard Bratby

Still ugly but worth catching for the chorus and orchestra: Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser reviewed

Plus: in Huddersfield an amateur orchestra leads the way

Gerald Finley's noble Wolfram von Eschenbach in Royal Opera's Tannhäuser. Photo: Clive Barda

A classical concert programme is like a set menu, and for this palate the most tempting orchestral offering in the UK this January came from the Slaithwaite Philharmonic under its conductor Benjamin Ellin. They opened with a suite from Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo, and the inclusion of Hollywood film music in a ‘straight’ classical programme was interesting in itself.

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