Manchester Collective recently concluded the latest section of their 2019/20 season with a sold-out performance of Ecstatic Dances at Manchester’s Stoller Hall. Prior to that - along with a rapidly-growing crowd of the ensemble’s Yorkshire following - I was fortunate to witness a remarkable evening of music in the Crypt at Leeds Town Hall, as … Continue reading Manchester Collective: “We create intimate and intense human experiences, built around live music.” The 2019/20 Season to date.
It is true that many of us look forward to the end of the year. It’s a chance to stop, reflect, perhaps refocus our energies and hopefully look forward to what lays ahead in the new year. Emotions ranging from euphoria to down-right exhaustion, are always evident on any High Street as the month of … Continue reading In Praise of the North: Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir
I’m definitely not a 21st century incarnation of Ebenezer Scrooge (I’ve checked this with my kids), but I do get more than a bit anxious as November clicks into December and already many Christmas Markets have been and gone and mince pies are BOGOFF in the shops. So it was with some trepidation that I … Continue reading Review: The Night Before Christmas. Leeds Playhouse
One of the most amazing things about RHS Harlow Carr, is that no matter what time of year you visit – there is something beautiful to see. If you were to visit every week, the changing seasons and the careful curation of this northern hotspot, would reward you with something new to marvel at on … Continue reading Preview: ‘Gather for Glow’ – RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Berkshire-based Watermill Theatre have been delighting audiences at home and abroad since the 1960’s - and over 4 nights this week at Northern Stage, their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has enchanted northern theatre-goers. Shakespeare, coupled with a two-and-a-half-hour-long performance, might prove a bit intimidating - but under the expert direction of Paul … Continue reading Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northern Stage 11-14 September.
The third incarnation of Opera North in the City kicked off on Millennium Square in Leeds this evening with ‘80s Classical’ - and the night was the biggest and best yet. A DJ set from the Sonic Yootha trio, who were clearly enjoying themselves every bit as much as the crowd, set the atmosphere perfectly … Continue reading Review: Opera North in the City – Millennium Square, Leeds. 26 July.
With a little over a week to go before ‘Underneath the Stars’ devotees descend on Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne in South Yorkshire – for 3 days of unbridled music and arts ecstasy, I’ve been incredibly lucky to chat with one of Yorkshire’s greatest women - Kate Rusby, about all things ‘festival’. Now a main-stay of the … Continue reading Interview: Kate Rusby – ahead of ‘Underneath the Stars Festival’ 2-4 August