ALFRED SEARLS’ BLOG
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.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..
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..
There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.Read the full story..
- “Bollocks to that, we’ll do it here.” The Fall’s Paul Hanley talks about his history of Manchester music
- “You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul
- Henry Normal: What Manchester Gave Me
- Win a Michelin-star dinner at Don Giovanni in Manchester this Christmas
Northen Soul Awards 2017
Congratulations to all the winners at the Northern Soul Awards 2017. It was a cracking night. For the full list, click here http://awards.northernsoul.me.uk/2017-winners
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