Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Taking the plunge: we test the waters at Victoria Baths, Manchester

September 27, 2022 No Comments

I have one small cup for sporting prowess.

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Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

April 27, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

As I travelled to Cheshire’s Alderley Edge to sample the new spring menu at Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, my mind turned to Valentina Harris.

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The Marriage of Figaro, RNCM. Image by Robin Clewley

Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

March 30, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

I’m always amazed by the success of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Rigoletto, Opera North

Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

We are living in strange times. For the first time in more than 40 years of opera-going, I was about to hear a national anthem.

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Erland Cooper

Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

March 4, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

Eschewing my usual Friday night supping gin with pals at Manchester’s HOME, I strolled down Oxford Road to the Royal Northern College of Music for an evening of culture and wine.

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Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

I’ve always thought that the length of a good lunch should be about the same as a football match: around two hours (give or take a few minutes for injury time and the obligatory half-time break).

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Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

When I booked my tasting menu at Manchester’s District, its website informed me that Discovery (£50 a head) encapsulated ‘a new life in the off-world colonies’ and ‘a new chance in a golden land of opportunity and adventure’.

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Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Deansgate Mews

Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

February 8, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

During the first lockdown, when the great and the good were allegedly being ambushed by cakes, I contented myself with a weekly bike ride to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats in Manchester.

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The Medium, RNCM ©Robin Clewley

Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

December 24, 2021 Comments Off on Opera Review: Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss / The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, Royal Northern College of Music

It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon as The Blonde and I walked down Oxford Road towards the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to attend its reopening to the public.

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Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Everyone I mentioned this event to reacted with the same quizzical raised eyebrow. “Polish wines?” “Yes,” I said. “Polish wines”.

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