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Interview: Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat

May 13, 2016 2 Comments

It is a matter of general agreement that, in today’s world, instant fame is too often accorded to the talentless and undeserving – the ‘stars’ of reality television, the one hit wonders of social media, and the disgraced minor public figures determined to turn their shaming into a successful career.

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Sir Mark Elder with the Halle in background.

Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

February 15, 2016 Comments Off on Death in Manchester: a sublime evening with the Hallé Orchestra

Mortality might be considered a brave choice as a theme for an evening at the symphony, but Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra has always taken risks.

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Hallé 150 The Bridgewater Hall credit Joel Chester Fildes

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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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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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 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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Last and First Men

Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

March 11, 2014 Comments Off on Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.

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