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Author: Alfred Searls

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Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

Staging any of the theatre’s most enduring classics is an exercise fraught with danger, and few works are quite like The Oresteia. But in this violent and visionary re-telling of Aeschylus’s great masterpiece, HOME in Manchester has certainly lived up to the challenge.

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Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

Earlier this month a full house at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was treated to a night of high drama and fine performances as the Hallé Orchestra performed Verdi’s great and glorious Requiem Mass.

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Manchester Camerata: Beethoven and The Beatles

October 4, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester Camerata: Beethoven and The Beatles

Autumn is upon us and with it the annual signifiers of the change of seasons: the days shorten, the trees take on their first hint of gold and in Manchester the city’s great orchestras begin their new programmes.

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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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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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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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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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