Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

The Halle Orchestra perform The Snowman

Deck the halls with boughs of Hallé!

December 3, 2014 Comments Off

Christmas comes but once a year and when it does it’s accompanied by much-loved rituals and marked by familiar personal landmarks in the yuletide calendar.

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Hallé Orchestra

Review: Hallé Pops – Orchestral Masterpieces and Rossini’s Cat

November 28, 2014 Comments Off

February 20, 1816 was not a good day in the life of Gioachino Rossini.

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Ode to Joy…thanks to the BBC Philharmonic

October 6, 2014 Comments Off

The BBC Philharmonic knows what it’s doing. It got its new season off to a flying start with a thundering display of power, passion and precision.

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The Hallé Orchestra kicks off its new season in spectacular style

October 6, 2014 Comments Off

The Hallé began its new season in fine style with the kind of skilful and passionate performance that is the hallmark of this fine musical institution.

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Jamie Phillips conducting c. Russell Hart March 13

Promenading with the Hallé

August 10, 2014 Comments Off

Last month as soft, warm, summer rain fell on a Saturday evening in Manchester, a packed Bridgewater Hall was able to transcend the meteorological treachery and escape into an English rural idyll.

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The Last Days of Troy

May 19, 2014 Comments Off

Simon Armitage’s The Last Days of Troy at Manchester’s Royal Exchange is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Day of Song2 (Lauren Fielder, Benjamin Lewis, Joanna Norman, Kang Wang with pianist Roderick Barrand) credit Paul Cliff

A Day of Song

May 2, 2014 Comments Off

The Royal Northern College of Music is an ambitious institution.

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Exhibition 5

The Prison of Art: the Dutch, the Nazis and the Monuments Men

March 23, 2014 Comments Off

This is a story about art and how it was that two very different governments – the totalitarian Nazis and the liberal post war Dutch – came to imprison it, and for very different reasons.

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Last and First Men

Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

March 11, 2014 Comments Off

There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.

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The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

February 26, 2014 Comments Off

I’ve long suspected that a significant proportion of actors have a secret masochistic streak in them.

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