Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Banish gin

Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Bashall Gins

I first met Ben at The Gin Society do at Manchester Cathedral a few weeks ago.

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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro and The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, The Lowry

For OperaWatch, it’s a welcome return to The Lowry for Opera North’s 2020 spring season.

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Wahaca

Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

March 10, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Wahaca, Corn Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has never been well served by Mexican food.

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The Gin Society

Hamiltonic: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: The Gin Society, Manchester Cathedral

I was meant to attend The Gin Society do at Rochdale Town Hall but Storm Dennis put paid to that.

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street scene

Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Winter 2020

On the eve of the EU referendum in 2016, Richard Mantle, the general director of Opera North, warned of the detrimental effect a no vote would have on the “enormous talent pool which is Europe”.

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Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

It was a disgustingly wet Friday 13th and the day after the General Election when I found Helen Nugent, Editor of Northern Soul, at the bar of Canto.

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Opera Review: Dialogues des Carmelites, RNCM, Manchester

December 11, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Dialogues des Carmelites, RNCM, Manchester

As tradition would have it, here at the OperaWatch office our Christmas celebrations start when the tickets for the Royal Northern College of Music’s December production arrive.

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Opera Review: Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók and Sinfonetta by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, Huddersfield Town Hall

December 3, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók and Sinfonetta by Leoš Janáček, Opera North, Huddersfield Town Hall

The first thing that greets you as you leave Huddersfield Train Station is the tall statue of the short Harold Wilson, well 5’ 8” according to Google.

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Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

Festive Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

December 3, 2019 Comments Off on Festive Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

Comptoir Libanais nestles comfortably among Spanish and Thai fare in The Avenue, the fast-growing eating and drinking destination in Manchester’s Spinningfields.

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The Greek Passion

Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

Saturday night was going to be big.

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