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*****  (5 stars)

Earns the very rare honor of a standing ovation after

only the first half

Dave Simson,  The Guardian


**** (4 stars)

His arrangements are deeply sympathetic, keeping the

character of each song rather than swamping them in

over-lush strings

Sarah Crompton,  The Telegraph


***** (5 stars)

A hypnotic masterpiece of climbing horns and sad


Jonathan Brown,  The Independent


This is a performance that will be difficult to match

Luke Bainbridge,  The Observer


***** (5 stars)

a night set to be instantly etched in Mancunian folklore

Music OMH, Gideon Brody


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Commissioned for Manchester International Festival this infamous

collaboration took place at the Bridgewater Hall in July 2009.

Orchestrated and conducted by Joe, the special two hour set saw

the band joined on stage by The Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Youth