Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

#BeeInTheCity: Northern Soul chats to Sneezebee

August 28, 2018 Comments Off on #BeeInTheCity: Northern Soul chats to Sneezebee

If you’ve been out and about in Manchester this summer, you’ll probably have noticed some new arrivals in the city. That’s right…the Manchester bees have landed.

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The Bridgewater Hall credit Joel Chester Fildes

Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

March 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Violence and compassion – Shostakovich, Bach and Mendelssohn at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé Orchestra brought this season’s focus on Shostakovich to a fittingly dramatic climax with a performance of the great Soviet composer’s powerful eighth symphony at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

Book Review: Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

Last year marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the fifth of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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Alisa Weilerstein

Review: Shostakovich and the Triumph of Art, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Shostakovich and the Triumph of Art, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Last week Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra added another illustrious chapter to their long and successful history of performing the works of Dmitri Shostakovich.

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La Vina

Review: La Viña, Deansgate, Manchester

November 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La Viña, Deansgate, Manchester

Firstly, full disclosure. I’m not one of life’s natural tapas fans.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Penguin

Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the fourth of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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Uncle Vanya production pic 10 (5654) - credit Jonathan Keenan

Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

November 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

You dream of this kind of night at the theatre, the kind of night where the magical formula of script, staging and performance puts you through the emotional mangle before imprinting itself forever upon your memory.

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Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Somehow, the Hallé Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series slipped under my radar.

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Mark Elder, Halle (credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on A change of season at the Hallé: Stravinsky’s Firebird at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Manchester in October and memories of summer are fading fast.

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Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Book Review: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. In the third of a series of articles for Northern Soul, Alfred Searls explores how 1917 – and the Soviet society which developed in its shadow – has been portrayed by writers since that momentous year of revolution.

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