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Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Live Review: Tubular Bells For Two at the Tyne Theatre 18th June 2013
Tubular Bells for Two
As the classic Mike Oldfield work “Tubular Bells” reaches
its 40th anniversary, 2 incredibly talented Australian musicians
embark on a tour of the UK,
performing the work to 44 venues before appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth are two very gifted
musicians who have the virtuosity to tackle a piece of music that took over 30
musicians to perform back in 1973. The stage is packed with many instruments
when the two gladiators enter ready to captivate another audience.
The piece starts with the familiar refrain from “The
Exorcist”. It is clear from the off that both musicians are passionate about
the work. They have tried to recreate the sound and it takes a combination of
talent and bravery as they race across the stage, instrument in hand, in order
to be in place to change instrument. The first half of the show builds up with
gusto to a crescendo with the tubular bells themselves ringing out.
The show starts to rock out in the second half with
tremendous energy.There is never a dull
moment throughout the performance and the enthusiastic audience are treated to
an encore and the news that the musicians will be available after the show and
they are making free downloads of their own music available.
Tubular Bells for Two is an entertaining and animated
performance thatreflects the skill and
spirit of its two perfomers. Aidan and Daniel – you were amazing!
You can follow these guys on twitter: @tubularbells42 and look out for them releasing their own material soon.
The show continues around the country in 2013: Check out the trailer on YouTube.