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The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2020

December 30, 2020 Comments Off on The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2020

As it’s the season of goodwill, and it’s been an incredibly testing year to say the least, we’re bringing back the annual Northern Soul End Of Year Quiz. Is your Northern knowledge up to scratch? No prizes, just a lovely feeling of smugness when you get them all right (answers are at the bottom…).

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Best Reads 2020 (2)

Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2020

December 23, 2020 Comments Off on Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2020

As we approach the end of 2020 and look back over the past 12 months, it’s hard to be optimistic. But we can reach for the things that spark joy and provide solace. For the team at Northern Soul, books were a great source of comfort in 2020 and we did an awful lot of reading. Some of these books were new publications, some were titles waiting patiently on our shelves, and some were old favourites. Here are our 2020 best reads to expand your ever-growing ‘To Be Read’ pile. Maybe some of them will bring you a sense of comfort too.

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Fidelio, Opera North

Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Fidelio by Beethoven, Opera North

This week sees a landmark in my long walk on this weird and mostly wonderful world, although weird has the upper hand at the moment.

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Ian McGuire cr. Paul Wolfgang Webster

Book Review: The Abstainer by Ian McGuire

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Abstainer by Ian McGuire

Here it is. The Manchester Martyrs were three members of a large gang who attacked a horse-drawn police van on Hyde Road in September 1867.

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How are you spending Christmas 2020? We ask the Northern Soul team what they’re up to

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on How are you spending Christmas 2020? We ask the Northern Soul team what they’re up to

The past 12 months have been a lot to process – and the world is looking at a very different festive period in 2020. As we head into the season of goodwill, we asked the brilliant Northern Soul team how they will be spending Christmas during a global pandemic.

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The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Northern Angel

December 21, 2020 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Christmas Poem: Northern Angel

While Christmas may look a little different this year, at Northern Soul we love our festive traditions and here’s a particular favourite: the Northern Soul Christmas poem written exclusively for us by Wendy Pratt in response to Phil Pounder’s beautiful photograph.

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Hannah Deller_Swings in Lockdown. © The Artist

Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

It was the swings swaddled in clingfilm-like tied-back curtains that got me.

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“Artworks can tell stories.” Art historian Sara Riccardi writes about the importance of art – for everyone

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on “Artworks can tell stories.” Art historian Sara Riccardi writes about the importance of art – for everyone

When I meet someone I’ve only communicated with via email for the first time, they are sometimes surprised to find that I’m a rather cheerful young woman.

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Views in the Dales by our North Yorks photographer Paul Hunter

Northern Horizons: a North East childhood and big, big skies

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Horizons: a North East childhood and big, big skies

There’s a wonderful poem written by Thomas Hood in the early 1800s which sums up the reality of a Northern winter.

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The Cavern Live, The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Online Music Review: The Cavern Live, The Cavern Club, Liverpool

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Online Music Review: The Cavern Live, The Cavern Club, Liverpool

For a venue synonymous with The Beatles and well-used to packing out its basement, 2020 has seen its acts playing to an eerily empty room. But The Cavern Club in Liverpool is still going strong.

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