Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

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

December 3, 2019 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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Food Review: Bill’s Restaurant, Spinningfields, Manchester

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Bill’s Restaurant, Spinningfields, Manchester

Bill Collison says that his new restaurant is his 79th although he is keen to stress that it’s not a chain. “Each one is different, each one has its own soul.”

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Erst

Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

There’s a buzz about eating out in Manchester city centre.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

As the month of November approaches, we are well and truly into Autumn which can mean only one thing: the return of a new opera season.

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The Creameries, Coralie Monnet

Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton

About this time last year, I took retirement.

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The Intelligence Park

Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

There is an old joke that goes like this.

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Hamiltonic: Defiance Distillery, Woodend Mill, Oldham

October 5, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Defiance Distillery, Woodend Mill, Oldham

As a professional drinker and gin correspondent, I do not drive.

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

September 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

On my way to the launch of Manchester’s 22nd Food & Drink Festival, I ponder whether Manchester could become the Lyon of the North.

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