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
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
https://youtu.be/TVhvHKF1F4k Before adopted Mancunian Rakhi Singh, along with accomplished producer Sebastian Gainsborough, AKA ‘Vessel’, bring their eagerly anticipated ‘Written in Fire’ work to the Royal Northern College of Music on May 7th, devotees of the pair should already have booked their ticket for the ground-breaking premier of this sophisticated composition, which is set to take … Continue reading Written in Fire – Vessel and Rakhi Singh
Leeds Town hall has seen its fair share of excitement since Cuthbert Broderick first laid out his plans for the building in the 19th century. Although much of the building labour was lost to the Crimean War, the city’s majestic centrepiece was finally opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 - and since then, thousands of … Continue reading Review: Manchester Collective. Black Angels. Leeds Town Hall
We’re incredibly lucky in Yorkshire to have a venue like the venerable Leeds Town Hall, that again and again attracts many of the world’s finest artists. On Friday 21 December – when many of us were beginning to tire of the festive build-up (that commenced on August Bank Holiday), two lynch-pins of the UK’s creative … Continue reading Review: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle. The Unthanks. Leeds Town Hall
Since completion in 1858, Leeds Town Hall has played host to many of the most influential and ground-breaking artists from across the globe. The latest – and possibly one of the most immersive in recent years, being the extraordinary Manchester Collective, who on Tuesday 9th October, hopped over the Pennines to captivate an audience with … Continue reading Review: Manchester Collective. Romantic Hero. Leeds Town Hall
‘The Leeds’ - as it’s referred to around the globe, has come a very long way since 1963 and former concert pianist Fanny Waterman’s vision of a piano competition in the very heart of West Yorkshire. The 2018 programme, which has just kicked off and runs to September 15th, could be the most exciting and … Continue reading Preview: Leeds International Piano Competition