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Articles relating to: Alfred Searls

The book that changed my life: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is not a book about censorship.

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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller

That Walter M. Miller had a unique perspective on monastic life is hardly surprising given he gained it one bright February morning in 1944 from the rear gun turret of a B-25 bomber.

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Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

June 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Martyrdom in Manchester – the Hallé, Bridgewater Hall

On the evening when Manchester United was fighting for the FA Cup down in London, back in Manchester a different season was also drawing to a dramatic close.

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Interview: Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat

May 13, 2016 2 Comments

It is a matter of general agreement that, in today’s world, instant fame is too often accorded to the talentless and undeserving – the ‘stars’ of reality television, the one hit wonders of social media, and the disgraced minor public figures determined to turn their shaming into a successful career.

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Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Oresteia, HOME, Manchester

Staging any of the theatre’s most enduring classics is an exercise fraught with danger, and few works are quite like The Oresteia. But in this violent and visionary re-telling of Aeschylus’s great masterpiece, HOME in Manchester has certainly lived up to the challenge.

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Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Verdi’s Requiem, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester

Earlier this month a full house at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was treated to a night of high drama and fine performances as the Hallé Orchestra performed Verdi’s great and glorious Requiem Mass.

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Manchester Camerata: Beethoven and The Beatles

October 4, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester Camerata: Beethoven and The Beatles

Autumn is upon us and with it the annual signifiers of the change of seasons: the days shorten, the trees take on their first hint of gold and in Manchester the city’s great orchestras begin their new programmes.

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Walking with ghosts: Southern Cemetery

July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Walking with ghosts: Southern Cemetery

As the cultural historian CP Lee has observed, Southern Cemetery is the dead centre of Manchester.

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Sea Life by Chris Payne

Sea Life: fishy fun for all the family

May 20, 2015 Comments Off on Sea Life: fishy fun for all the family

It’s good to make time for educational and life-enhancing experiences.

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Hurrah for the Hallé: Sir Mark Elder talks to Northern Soul

March 17, 2015 Comments Off on Hurrah for the Hallé: Sir Mark Elder talks to Northern Soul

Sir Mark Elder, music director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, talks to Northern Soul’s Alfred Searls about the Hallé’s Shostakovich season. 

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