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The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz

The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2021

December 28, 2021 Comments Off on The Northern Soul End of Year Quiz: 2021

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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The Medium, RNCM ©Robin Clewley

Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

December 24, 2021 Comments Off on Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon as The Blonde and I walked down Oxford Road towards the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to attend its reopening to the public.

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Derek Jarmon, image by Drew Tosh

PROTEST! Drew Tosh recalls his conversations with Derek Jarman as a major retrospective opens in Manchester

December 23, 2021 Comments Off on PROTEST! Drew Tosh recalls his conversations with Derek Jarman as a major retrospective opens in Manchester

At the risk of sounding like Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo…picture it. Glasgow, February 1992.

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Chila Kumari Singh Burman Blackpool Light of My Life (2021). Installed on the Grundy Art Gallery façade 19 Oct 21 – 3 Jan 22. Co-commission by Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool Festival. © the artist and courtesy Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. Photo: Jonathan Lynch.

Art: Blackpool Light of My Life, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

December 23, 2021 Comments Off on Art: Blackpool Light of My Life, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

“We’ve all endured difficult times and I speak on behalf of Blackpool Council when I say your words have provided joy and hope to the people of our town.”

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Max Dunbar (front centre) with the design team behind the new Manchester Jewish Museum

“I knew it was a challenge worth taking on.” Max Dunbar reflects on 10 years as Manchester Jewish Museum’s Chief Executive

December 22, 2021 Comments Off on “I knew it was a challenge worth taking on.” Max Dunbar reflects on 10 years as Manchester Jewish Museum’s Chief Executive

Ten years ago, I was offered the job of chief executive at Manchester Jewish Museum.

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Pixie and the pudding by Suzi Corker (2019)

Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

December 21, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

It’s such a pleasure to watch highly skilled performers at work, whether it’s Ian McDiarmid in his one-man show The Lemon Table or Ashleigh Cheadle and Sam Dutton in this adaptation of a Scandinavian folktale at the Sheffield Crucible Studio.

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“Music is universal. It touches the soul.” Fran Healey, General Manager, The Stoller Hall

December 21, 2021 Comments Off on “Music is universal. It touches the soul.” Fran Healey, General Manager, The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall is, arguably, one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets.

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“It’s just a gang of mates who haven’t met each other yet.” Colin Petch on NOT Lonely This Christmas

December 20, 2021 Comments Off on “It’s just a gang of mates who haven’t met each other yet.” Colin Petch on NOT Lonely This Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for many across the UK, this sentiment doesn’t always ring true.

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Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

December 17, 2021 Comments Off on Books: Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we’re looking back on the things that have brought us immense comfort during another turbulent year.

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Photo credit Brandina Chisambo.

Review: Manchester Collective, Heavy Metal, The White Hotel, Salford

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Collective, Heavy Metal, The White Hotel, Salford

After what can only be described as a terrific year for Manchester Collective, the music organisation brings 2021 to a close with its Heavy Metal tour which, throughout December, has received rave reviews in London, Leeds and Bristol.

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