Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Hamiltonic: Monkey 47 Gin, Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

June 12, 2019 No Comments

Every time I pull into Leeds Station I look out for the three Italian towers. Over the years they have become increasingly hard to spot among the plain, anonymous new-builds along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and I suspect they will be lost forever one day.

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Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2019 No Comments

Of all the iconic Italian operas, I had yet to see Verdi’s Aida.

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Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

For some reason, May 23 stuck in my mind. It was an important day, but I couldn’t remember why. At my age, this happens with frightening regularity.

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Canto - Spring Menu

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Some years back I spent a weekend at a farm outside Lisbon. It was run by Maria, a widow in her 60s, with the strength of a bull and the wit of a fox.

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Corn Exchange Manchester

Hamiltonic: World Gin Day

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: World Gin Day

Things have been a little quiet here at Hamiltonic.

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Food Review: Lunya, Barton Arcade, Manchester

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Lunya, Barton Arcade, Manchester

It is one of my good fortunes to visit Barcelona twice a year, something I have done since 2011. I almost feel like a returning resident.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

As keen readers of OperaWatch will know (thank you, Freda and Eric Thwaites), summer is traditionally a quiet period for opera here in the North.

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The Pilgrim’s Progress - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Royal Northern College of Music - 31 March 2019Conductor - David ParryDirector - Jonathan CockerDesigner - Bob BaileyLighting - Ian Sommerville

Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

April 10, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

At OperaWatch we always look forward to an invitation to the latest student production at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Australasia 2019

Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Australasia, Manchester

I’ve always thought the entrance to Australasia to be both imposing and secretive.

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Opera North, The Lowry

Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

March 19, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Gianni Schacci by Giacomo Puccini, Opera North, The Lowry

It’s the end of a fantastic spring season by Opera North at Salford’s Lowry.

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