Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Hurrah for the Hallé: Sir Mark Elder talks to Northern Soul

March 17, 2015 Comments Off on Hurrah for the Hallé: Sir Mark Elder talks to Northern Soul

Sir Mark Elder, music director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, talks to Northern Soul’s Alfred Searls about the Hallé’s Shostakovich season. 

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Picture of the architectural model taken by Alfred Searls

Liverpool: The Cathedral That Never Was

January 17, 2015 Comments Off on Liverpool: The Cathedral That Never Was

The thought of what might have been exerts a powerful hold on the imagination. To support our boundless appetite for the game of ‘what if’ we build elaborate castles in the air; castles erected purely on foundations of conjecture, and constructed from materials found in our minds.

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The Halle Orchestra perform The Snowman

Deck the halls with boughs of Hallé!

December 3, 2014 Comments Off on Deck the halls with boughs of Hallé!

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

November 28, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Hallé Pops – Orchestral Masterpieces and Rossini’s Cat

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 on Ode to Joy…thanks to the BBC Philharmonic

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 on The Hallé Orchestra kicks off its new season in spectacular style

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 on Promenading with the Hallé

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 on The Last Days of Troy

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 on A Day of Song

The Royal Northern College of Music is an ambitious institution.

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

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on The Prison of Art: the Dutch, the Nazis and the Monuments Men

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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