Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Herman Yau

Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

October 6, 2017 No Comments

Some 20 years ago, I remember watching the Royal Yacht Britannia sail out of Hong Kong harbour after the ceremonial handover of the territory to China to create the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Ibérica, Manchester

Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

On the cusp of September, on a fresh sunny afternoon, I made my way down to Iberica in Manchester’s Spinningfields to lunch with Northern Soul head honcho, Helen Nugent.

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Randal & Aubin, Manchester

Review: Randall & Aubin, Bridge Street, Manchester

August 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Randall & Aubin, Bridge Street, Manchester

In the not too distant future, my friend and I are hopefully moving into Manchester city centre.

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Albert Herring, Buxton Opera Festival

Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: Albert Herring at Buxton Opera Festival, and other opera goings-on

Summer is usually a quiet time here at the OperaWatch offices.

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After the Storm directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016

Film Review: After the Storm

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: After the Storm

In any given cinematic year, there’s an unpredictable, uneven batch of releases.

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Turnadot

Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Review: Turandot, Opera North, Leeds Town Hall

Turandot by Puccini has long been my favourite opera. There is something about the scale of its ambition, the dark tragedy at the heart of what is essentially a love story, and the sheer power of the music that rips my heart out every time I hear it.

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Madam Butterfly, photo by Bill Cooper

Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Opera Reviews: ‘Oxpit’ and keeping opera European

When Theresa May signed Article 50 and triggered the start of Brexit, I was reminded of the statement by Richard Mantle, general director of Opera North, on the eve of the referendum in which he spoke of the “enormous talent pool which is Europe” and his fear that isolationism would diminish that pool available to British opera.

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Clydebank, image by Robert Hamilton

A River Runs Through It: Northern Soul cheers on the Bankies

March 3, 2017 Comments Off on A River Runs Through It: Northern Soul cheers on the Bankies

At various times in my life I lived at 12 Stewart Street, Dalmuir in the borough of Clydebank.

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Theodora, RNCM

OperaWatch: Spring Season

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on OperaWatch: Spring Season

With Spring around the corner, that can only mean one thing.

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La vie parisienne, RNCM

Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I sat in the bar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music sipping my pre-opera gin, my eye was drawn to a stunning vision of a young Parisian woman in a revealing corset, fishnet tights and courtesan ankle boots.

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