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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
Newcastle Tyne Theatre 18/6/2013


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 that  reflects 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.



WED 19, 7.30PM  YORK, Grand Opera House

THU 20, 7.30PM  BRADFORD, St George’s Hall

FRI 21, 7.30PM  LEEDS, The Venue

SUN 23, 7.30PM  BLACKPOOL, The Grand Theatre

TUE 25, 9.30PM  LONDON, Wonderground

WED 26, 7.30PM  HASTINGS, White Rock Theatre

THU 27, 8PM  PORTSMOUTH, Kings Theatre

FRI 28, 7.45PM  BARNSTAPLE, Queen’s Theatre



TUE 2, 7.30PM  TRURO, Hall for Cornwall

WED 3, 7.30PM  TORQUAY, Princess Theatre

FRI 5, 8PM  NORWICH, Playhouse

SAT 6, 7.30PM  READING, Mike Oldfield Convention

SUN 7, 7.30PM  CANTERBURY, The Marlowe Theatre

MON 8, 7.30PM  BRIGHTON, Theatre Royal

WED 10, 8PM  SOUTHEND ON SEA, Palace Theatre

THU 11, 7.30PM  CRAWLEY, The Hawth

FRI 12, 10.45PM  HENLEY, Henley Festival

SAT 13 , 7.30PM  IPSWICH, Corn Exchange

SUN 14, 7.30PM  ST ALBANS, The Alban Arena

THU 18, 7.45PM  NEWBURY, Corn Exchange

FRI 19, 8.15PM  THIRSK, Deer Shed Festival

SAT 20, 7.30PM  LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall

SAT 27, 8PM  GALWAY, Arts Festival

WED 31, 5.45PM  Edinburgh Festival Fringe


1 - 26, 5.45PM  Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Words: Stephen Oliver

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