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Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ‘For Two’ (Places And Spaces)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

To play as many instruments as these two Australians do even separately is remarkable in itself. To play them all in the same piece, sometimes simultaneously, is an extraordinary feat, and one they pull off without any noticeable faults. For an hour Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts dart around the stage, demonstrating their skill on many, many instruments (Mike Oldfield’s original track contained 27). There are a few moments in the performance where as an audience member you start to consider whether they’re pushing a bit too far, that at any moment they’re going to trip over an instrument or knock down a microphone stand – but it never happens, because these are two very talented musicians, bringing an old, much loved piece of music back to life.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 5.45pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Stephanie Gray]