Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

The Snowman

A very Hallé Christmas: it’s the festive season in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra

November 12, 2018 No Comments

When does Christmas begin?

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Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

George Orwell had relatively little comment on the subject of the visual arts save to say that he didn’t much care for Salvador Dali whose autobiography he described as “simply a strip-tease act conducted in pink limelight”.

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Halle Choir

Review: Thus spoke the Hallé, Strauss and Janácek, Bridgewater Hall

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Thus spoke the Hallé, Strauss and Janácek, Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé Orchestra and the Hallé Choir came together in Manchester recently to deliver a performance of epic proportions in a highly accomplished presentation of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass.

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The Hall+® performing large credit Russell Hart

Review: The Hallé Orchestra – 2018/19 Season Opening Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Hallé Orchestra – 2018/19 Season Opening Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Last Thursday in Manchester, with the wind howling and the rain falling so heavily that mass evacuation by ark seemed likely, the Hallé Orchestra opened its 2018/19 season under its guest conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens.

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#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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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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