Author: Alfred Searls
Sir Mark Elder, music director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, talks to Northern Soul’s Alfred Searls about the Hallé’s Shostakovich season.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
February 20, 1816 was not a good day in the life of Gioachino Rossini.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..