Susan Boyle, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Susan Boyle at the Bournemouth Pavilion theatre - Images courtesy of

9:07am Wednesday 16th April 2014

It may have been seven years since her show stealing performance on prime time TV, but the crowds that queued outside The Pavilion proved her popularity is far from waning.

Whimsy comes with memories of Britpop

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4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

John Power, sporting a full untamed beard, opens his set with an epic 15-minute whimsical folk song which mentions weeping willow trees and seems to be a paean to a pastoral way of life which exists only in the imagination.

Frank Skinner - BIC

Dorset Echo: Oldbury funny man: Frank Skinner

9:02am Monday 14th April 2014

"I went to a place called Boscombe earlier," he began with a an airy tone of bafflement.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: The Pavilion Theatre

10:53am Sunday 13th April 2014

MAKING his second local appearance with the BSO this week, John Lill worked some more musical mastery into Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No5.

Russell Watson - BIC

Dorset Echo: Smooth: Russell Watson

2:14pm Friday 11th April 2014

HE’S had two near calls with death, a bruising divorce from his first wife and is now engaged to a girl almost half his age. The rags to riches career of this talented singer could never be described as ‘ho-hum’.

La Boheme, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: The Pavilion Theatre

11:12am Thursday 10th April 2014

THERE was an enthusiastic audience at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre for the ‘one night only’ production of one of the most romantic operas ever written – Puccini’s La Boheme.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: FUNDING: Lighthouse

8:08am Thursday 10th April 2014

A full house eager to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the BSO’s most popular and consistent long-time soloists; John Lill rewarded us with an absorbingly mature account of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2.

Manic Street Preachers, O2 Academy

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8:48am Wednesday 9th April 2014

KICKING off with 1993 hit La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh), the Manic Street Preachers had the crowd in the palm of their hand from the off.

Tap Factory, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: World class production of Tap Factory comes to Burnley

8:43am Wednesday 9th April 2014

WHEN it comes to tap dancing, I'm something of a traditionalist. There can be nothing better than a troupe of 20 dancers in top hats and tails shuffling along to Putting on the Ritz.

Tinie Tempah, BIC

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9:53am Monday 7th April 2014

THREE outfit changes, four backing musicians, and one pair of mirrored sunglasses.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Burt Bacharach, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

9:15am Monday 7th April 2014

What the World Needs Now is Love. Love and sweet harmony; precisely what the excellent quartet of singers gave us, with a real feel for the joy of singing some of Burt Bacharach’s most memorable melodies.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Lighthouse in Poole

9:05am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Francesco Piemontesi, an alert and sensitive soloist, brought a sense of class to this BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No27-his last-readily securing the delights and delicacies with an effortless assurance.

The Wanted, BIC

Dorset Echo: “Everything about Bournemouth is beautiful” - pop heart-throbs The Wanted look forward to visit

8:28am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THEY may be going their separate ways but The Wanted certainly know how to throw a party and go out with a bang.

The Don Black Songbook with Martine McCucheon, Pavilion

Dorset Echo: Martine McCutcheon talks fighting back from ME and bankruptcy to star in the Don Black Songbook

8:13am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Martine McCutcheon was in full voice on Monday night as she returned to the world of entertainment following her well-documented struggle with debt and depression.

Exhibition explores Thomas Hardy's relationship with Emma Gifford

Dorset Echo: EXHIBITION:  Susan R Hughes

3:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

A NEW art exhibition exploring Thomas Hardy’s early relationship with Emma Gifford has opened at their home at Max Gate in Dorchester.

Derulo living the dream

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9:07am Saturday 29th March 2014

JASON Derulo is definitely living the dream.

Review - Sarah Millican, Bournemouth Pavilion

Dorset Echo: Sarah Millican: “I love being funny about everyday life

8:21am Saturday 29th March 2014

SHE spoke about her fears, life after divorce and buying a new home during her show in Bournemouth.

Dub Pistols/Neville Staple Band, 02 Academy

Dorset Echo: BIG BEATS: Dub Pistols

2:10pm Friday 28th March 2014

BARRY Ashworth could probably start a party by himself in an empty room, so it was inevitable that the charismatic Dub Pistols frontman would crank up the atmosphere to boiling point at this Larmer Tree warm-up gig.

BSO, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Poole’s Lighthouse in top third of UK’s welcoming theatres

8:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

The Silver Violin of Nicola Benedetti is, ironically in the context of this programme, probably strung with steel strings emanating from an industrial process.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Mayflower, Southampton

Dorset Echo: It's ballet Matthew but not as we know it - a scene from Swan Lake

8:15am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Beguiling, mesmerising, disturbing - you could work your way through a thesaurus trying to find enough adjectives to describe Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

Paolo Nutini, O2 Academy

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8:11am Wednesday 26th March 2014

PAOLO Nutini performed a stripped back, relaxed set during his show in Bournemouth.

The Mousetrap, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Agatha Christies classic murder-mystery The Mousetrap comes to Lighthouse

8:24am Tuesday 25th March 2014

AGATHA Christie’s The Mousetrap has graced many a stage over the years - famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre.

BSO, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion, Bournemouth

8:52pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

THE Grand Tour was not just the prerogative of wealthy Brits; reciprocal travelogues were undertaken by many great composers, instanced with Mendelssohn who was very pally with Queen Vic and Prince Albert. And Dvorak came to these shores no less than nine times.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Lighthouse, Poole.

Dorset Echo: AWARD-WINNERS: The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

12:51pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

THE Grimethorpe Colliery Band - the real stars of the wonderful film Brassed Off - showed how they managed to capture the hearts of the nation with this triumphant concert at Poole Lighthouse.

Rebecca Ferguson, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: A FIGHTER: Rebecca Ferguson who is making the most of her talents to build a better life

8:25am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Rebecca Ferguson has had a busy few years. X-Factor runner-up in 2010, she released her first album, ‘Heaven’ in 2011, charting at number 3.

X Factor Live Tour, BIC

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9:41am Tuesday 18th March 2014

If there was one thing my seven year old daughter and I enjoyed on a Saturday night all through last winter it was spending time together watching The X Factor.

English Touring Opera, Lighthouse

Dorset Echo: English Touring Opera, Lighthouse

6:41pm Sunday 16th March 2014

OPERA-lovers had their pick of an eclectic trio of first class performances at Poole Lighthouse this weekend thanks to English Touring Opera, on the fourth leg of their spring tour.

Simon Evans, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

11:30am Sunday 16th March 2014

ON first impressions, you would think Simon Evans would be at home doing the Daily Mail crossword on a train to Surbiton.

Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

10:45am Sunday 16th March 2014

THOUGH the popular title to Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis is the Nelson Mass, maybe the attributes of aggression from the timpani within certain movements has something to do with that later addition, certainly substantial weight was drawn from the small, effective orchestra.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

10:45am Thursday 13th March 2014

Upon each successive appearance with the BSO, Simon Trpceski endears himself further with orchestra and audience alike. Here, in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No1 under the baton of Jac van Steen that affection was extended in a musical partnership of uncommon rapport.

Review: Sixto Rodriguez at the BIC

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10:37am Tuesday 11th March 2014

IT was rather a coup for the BIC to secure a singer with the raw talent and cult status of Sixto Rodriguez for a Sunday night gig.

Review: Temples at the Old Fire Station

Dorset Echo: ROCKING: Temples

10:35am Tuesday 11th March 2014

TEMPLES rocked onto the stage with the Wallace Collection’s ‘Daydream’ track – released in 1969.

Review: Brendon Cole at Lighthouse in Poole

Dorset Echo: DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY: Brendon Cole

10:33am Tuesday 11th March 2014

PLAYING a two-month 48-date UK tour, Brendan Cole – BBC TV Strictly’s professional dancer – wowed a sold-out-for-weeks Poole Lighthouse.

Rodriguez, BIC

Dorset Echo: Rodriguez to headline Hop Farm Festival 2013

10:32am Monday 10th March 2014

Perhaps the crowd had been overly lulled by the support act, an international keyboard/violin trio featuring the considerable vocal talents of Canadian Chloe Charles.

Temples, The Old Fire Station

Dorset Echo: Temples, The Old Fire Station

3:16pm Saturday 8th March 2014

TEMPLES rocked on to the stage with the Wallace Collection’s ‘Daydream’ track – released in 1969. It was an appropriate and self-indulging choice, before the Kettering newbies performed their own vintage ‘60s pop rock.

Hospices Rock Fundraiser, Mr Kyps

Dorset Echo: Hospices Rock Fundraiser, Mr Kyps

11:43am Saturday 8th March 2014

THERE have been a spate of charity rock fundraisers recently, so all eyes were on the eagerly awaited “Hospices Rock” event at Mr Kyps.

BSO and Chorus, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

10:59am Thursday 6th March 2014

Resurrection! It took Mahler somewhere around six years to create his Symphony No2, a work of epic proportions matching the scale of his vision.

Bastille, BIC

Dorset Echo: Bastille (1368280)

8:18am Wednesday 5th March 2014

THEY mixed with the crowd, moshed and generally partied with thousands during their gig in Bournemouth. Bastille had the time of their lives as they blared out their music to the baying crowds at the BIC.

Dreadzone, Mr Kyps, Poole

Dorset Echo: Dreadzone return to the Brewery

12:37pm Monday 3rd March 2014

A PACKED Mr Kyps witnessed veteran festival stalwarts, Dreadzone deliver their unique blend of dub, folk and electronic dance fusion to Poole. Charismatic front man, MC Spee had an impressive control of the crowd and whipping everyone into a dance frenzy.

Bournemouth Chamber Music, Bournemouth University

Dorset Echo: Eating Disorder Awareness Week kicks off at Bournemouth University

9:13am Monday 3rd March 2014

Commenting on the excellent coverage of the programme notes Levon Chilingirian, leader of the Chilingirian String Quartet, opted to introduce a little information on the quartets’ instruments instead, stating his violin dated from 1679 with Ronald Birks noting his violin was slightly later, from 1694.

BSO - Pavilion

Dorset Echo: Former BSO conductor will be first woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms

9:30am Sunday 2nd March 2014

BUILDING upon her brilliant achievement in 2002 of winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the tender age of 12, Jennifer Pike has become an international star, and her performance here of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was evidence enough for that.

Dracula, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Dracula by Blackeyed Theatre

11:02am Saturday 1st March 2014

BRAM Stoker's Dracula is a big novel – long, full of characters and taking place over many hundreds of miles.

Miranda - BIC, Bournemouth

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8:37am Saturday 1st March 2014

BEING a Miranda fan is a bit like being in a club. But it's only when you get to the BIC for the first night of her first ever stand-up tour - what she calls her 'live show' that you realise how big and how affectionate that club is.

Funnybone Comedy Club, The Brit

Dorset Echo: Funnybone Comedy Club, The Brit

12:19pm Friday 28th February 2014

AFTER a couple of months trying to find a suitable home, the Funnybone Comedy Club has finally found a worthy place to hang their hat. The opening night at The Brit in Ashley Cross proved to be the perfect setting.

Newton Faulkner, 02 Academy Bournemouth

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12:17pm Friday 28th February 2014

TONIGHT’S gig could not have got off to a better start than the one supplied by Sam Brooks.

The Overtones, BIC

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9:25am Friday 28th February 2014

Five piece harmony group The Overtones delivered one of the best nights out for their devoted fans.

Confessions of a Butterfly at Thomas Hardye School

Dorset Echo: Jonathan Salt in Confessions of a Butterfly

11:55am Tuesday 25th February 2014

OF ALL the stories to come from the Holocaust, few are more harrowing than that of the Jewish doctor and writer Janusz Korczak and the 200 children under his care in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Rizzle Kicks, O2 Academy Bournemouth

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9:05am Tuesday 25th February 2014

There was a real mixed crowd at the O2 for Rizzle Kicks tonight; half seemed to be aged 12-15 the other half looked to be their parents acting as escorts.

Gyles Brandreth, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Dorset Echo: TIME FOR A CUPPA: Gyles Brandreth

9:31am Monday 24th February 2014

Already a familiar figure on the BBC’s One Show, and with many other appearances on shows like QI, Room 101 and Radio 4’s Just a Minute, Gyles Brandreth is on a mission to cheer us up.

Anton du Beke, Ballroom to Broadway, Bournemouth Pavilion

Dorset Echo: Anton Du Beke

8:44am Monday 24th February 2014

IF ever a man was born to wear a tailcoat, it’s Anton du Beke.


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