CBSO Festive Favourites 2014

Recently I went to watch the CIty of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Festive favourites concert At Birmingham Symphony Hall. It was Presented by comedian and presenter Hugh Dennis And Featured the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus conducted by Simon Halsey, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Young Voices conducted by David Lawrence and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra SO Vocal conducted by Ula Weber.

The Festive Favourites concerts are taking place throughout theChristmas season at the Aymphony Hall and There is a slightly altered program every night. Songs performed during the concert I saw included From Heaven Above, Once in royal David’s City, Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are, star of the East, Carol of the East, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Christmas Lullaby, And then shall your Light break Forth, Hark the Herald Angels SingSleigh Ride, The First Noël, The Promise, Good King Wenceslas, Deck the Halls, Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, Cantemos a Maria And a rousing version of O Come all ye Faithful, all of which were interspersed by humorous monologues, stories and jokes told by Hugh Dennis.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

I would like to see The final part of Peter Jackson’s, exciting three part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:Battle of the Five Armies. It takes place 60 years before the events of Lord of the Rings and picks up with Bilbo (Martin Freeman) antagonising the dragon Smaug (icily voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) who ends up laying waste to Laketown, whose citizens unwisely led hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to his lair in the first place. However Thanks to some inside information Bard the Bowman, (Luke Evans) is able to help the people of Laketown deal with Smaug, While the shamelessly venal Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry) and his gruesome entourage try to slink away unnoticed.

With Smaug otherwise engaged, the Company of Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim the vast wealth of their homeland. However Having reclaimed their Homeland the Dwarves of Erabor must now face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. What’s more, having seen all the treasure, the King Under the Mountain Thorin Oakenshield succumbs to greed, sacrificing friendship and honour in his search for the legendary Arkenstone.

So Bilbo, Unable to help Thorin see reason, is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead and Soon everyone heads to the mountain of Erebor to slobber over the treasure and seize power, including the dwarves led by General Dain Ironfoot (Billy Connolly), the Woodland elves headed by Thranduil (Lee Pace), and the humans, who look for guidance to Bard the Bowman(Luke Evans) following the departure of the Master of Lake town.

Meanwhile An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth, and the Dark Lord Sauron, sends forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war and Even the wizard Gandalf can’t intervene. The film also stars Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Aiden Turner as Kili, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Billy Connolly as Thorin’s cousin Dain Ironfoot, who arrives on a giant Warthog and Ian Holm as the elderly Bilbo.