Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017Conductor - Martin AndréDirector - Olivia FuchsDesigner - Yannis ThavorisLighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 8, 2017 No Comments

As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.

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Little Greats, Opera North, The Lowry

A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2017 Comments Off on A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

Okay, three nights does not a week make – but why spoil a Marx Brothers’ pun for the sake of numerical accuracy?

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Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

Let me say from the outset that my memory of the events I am about to recount is a little hazy.

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Herman Yau

“I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

October 31, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

“It is a social medium that has artistry. And a means of powerful communication, too.”

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Herman Yau

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

October 6, 2017 Comments Off on Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

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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