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The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location. Image by Gareth Widdowson.

Opera Review: The Prodigal Son by Claude Debussy, Opera on Location, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

September 22, 2021 No Comments

As regular readers of this column will know, it has been a quiet year or so here at the OperaWatch offices, which are situated deep inside Northern Soul Towers.

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Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Brute Strength: Why Our Northern Concrete is Worth Keeping

Wander through the gift shops of Sheffield these days, lockdown permitting, and you could be forgiven for thinking that colossal cliffs of concrete were always among the city’s most beloved landmarks.

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Meeting Point: Making a difference at Kelham Island Museum

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Meeting Point: Making a difference at Kelham Island Museum

Something different is coming to Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. Among the stories of steel, the immense power of the River Don Engine and the makers in Little Mesters lane, a new creative response to the city’s industrial collection is finding its voice.

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Unmissable sights and sounds: introducing Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

June 5, 2019 Comments Off on Unmissable sights and sounds: introducing Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

Stefan Tobler, founder of Sheffield-based And Other Stories, tells Northern Soul why he’s more excited about Doc/Fest than Cannes. 

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Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

Back in mid-80s Sheffield, I was heading towards A levels, my cranium crammed with a hair-gel-scented hotchpotch of concerns both large and small: reggae, The Stranglers, communism and females galore.

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Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

October 18, 2016 Comments Off on Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

I feel as though I’m about to die. Not in a horrific, life flashing before my eyes kind of way, but in a dreamlike, out-of-body experience. Except, if I really was about to die, I would hope that a failed 1960s underpass might not be the last thing on which I rested my earthly gaze.

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Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?

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Amphora with Peacocks (about 1888-1898) by William De Morgan, painted Halsey Ralph Ricardo

From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

A new exhibition in Sheffield brings together old and new artworks to explore the world of John Ruskin. Do modern artists have just as much to say about the role of creating beautiful things as the Victorians did?

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Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

In 1981, Roy Hattersley, then Shadow Home Secretary, made a short film for Yorkshire Television about the Sheffield in which he grew up.

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The Sarah Kane Season

Richard Wilson on the Sarah Kane season at Sheffield Crucible

February 4, 2015 Comments Off on Richard Wilson on the Sarah Kane season at Sheffield Crucible

Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, has established a tradition of producing entire seasons dedicated to the work of one writer. But this month’s programme, which is devoted to the complete works of Sarah Kane, is a bit different.

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