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Guide to live music in Manchester

If High Fidelity were a British film, Manchester is where it would have taken place. The city is the United Kingdom’s equivalent to Chicago, a major metropolis that would be too often overlooked if it didn’t have a booming music scene to fill in the colors. Indeed, the UK’s musical legacy would be far weaker without the Warehouse City’s contributions. London had the Sex Pistols, but Manchester had the Buzzcocks, who actually invited the Pistols up to Manchester for the first time. London gave...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, London, Wilco, Best, Chicago, United Kingdom, Manchester, Sex Pistols, Belfast, Oldham, All, Bush, Viva, Buzzcocks

April Fools' Day LIVE: Best pranks as Albert Hall announces the 'Great Rotation'

April Fools' Day - which takes place on April 1 - is known for its tongue-in-cheek news stories and hilarious pranks [Author: Toby Meyjes, Neil Murphy]
Tags: UK News, Albert Hall, Neil Murphy, Toby Meyjes, Toby Meyjes Neil Murphy

Opera singer asked to change pro-EU dress for London concert

Anna Patalong, performing at Royal Albert Hall, says free movement ‘essential’ for musiciansAn opera singer who was asked to change her EU-themed dress for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, has described her choice of attire as a “subtle nod” to Europe at a time when she and other musicians fear for their livelihoods.The soprano Anna Patalong donned the yellow-and-blue outfit, along with a necklace of gold stars redolent of the EU flag, for a Classical Spectacular performance on Sat...
Tags: Europe, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, Opera, Brexit, Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Anna Patalong

Royal Albert Hall singer asked to change 'pro-EU' dress

Opera singer Anna Patalong had chosen to wear a yellow dress, featuring a blue sash with yellow stars.
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Yarde, Williams, Jenkins and Dubois win as boxing returns to Albert Hall

Anthony Yarde earned a fifth round stoppage win over Travis Reeves as boxing returned to the Royal Albert Hall for the second time in 20 years.
Tags: News, Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Dubois, Anthony Yarde, Travis Reeves, Yarde Williams Jenkins

Happy 90th birthday, Bernard Haitink!

Image: Monika Rittershaus Of any performing musician alive today, none has had a more formative influence on me than Bernard Haitink. Not only did I hear my first Ring– at the Royal Albert Hall, when the Royal Opera looked in grave danger of never returning to Covent Garden – from him; it has remained musically one of the very best. (Ironically, its sole rival would hail also from that same, unpromising venue, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.) I took the train down from Ca...
Tags: London, Religion, Amsterdam, Cambridge, Switzerland, Rupert Murdoch, Salzburg, Zurich, Covent Garden, La Mer, Daniel Barenboim, New Labour, Wagner, Mahler, Haydn, Albert Hall

Ryan Adams UK Tour Is Still On As Fans Ask For Refunds

Ryan Adams' upcoming UK tour remains scheduled as fans, troubled by recent allegations of the songwriter's abuse, demand cancellations or refunds. Responding to complaints on social media, representatives for London's Royal Albert Hall said show promoter SJM Concerts had assured the venue that the concerts would go ahead as planned and thus refunds … More »
Tags: Music, UK, London, News, Ryan Adams, Albert Hall, SJM Concerts

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to ecology, to health and to culture itselfIn the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured more than 19,000 bathtubs of concrete. By the time you are halfway through this article, the volume would fill the Albert Hall and spill out into Hyde Park. In a day it would be almost the size of China’s Three Gorges Dam. In a single year, there is eno...
Tags: Japan, England, China, Environment, Americas, US, World news, Earth, Cities, Asia Pacific, Global development, Brazil, Construction industry, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, Three Gorges Dam

The Winners Of The 2019 BAFTA Awards Have Been Announced

Sunday night's BAFTA Film Awards arrived in the usual flurry of excitement and anticipation. Some of the world's biggest stars gathered on the streets of London in the typically freezing cold, took stroll down the red carpet and ambled into the Royal Albert Hall to find out who would be taking home one of those shiny gold masks.Joanna Lumley returned to host the ceremony for the second year in a row, and did the honors of taking an obligatory jab at the fact that the Oscars doesn't have anyone ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Viola Davis, America, Alfonso Cuarón, BAFTA, Emma Stone, Liam Neeson, Seth Rogen, Olivia Colman, Joanna Lumley, Roma, Chris Kelly, Albert Hall, Rockwell

Fascinating Facts about Aimee Semple McPherson

H istory is packed full of fascinating figures. Some of these are men and women who were raised to lay claim to great positions—Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II. Some of these are men and women who come from nowhere and nothing but still rose to great prominence. Among these we find Aimee Semple McPherson, the preacher and evangelist who may well have reigned as America’s best-known woman for much of her life. Here are a few key facts about her. She was C...
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This Marks & Spencer checked coat is a total classic buy - just ask Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon looked fabulous on Wednesday evening as she headed to the Royal Albert Hall to...
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Head of Programming, Royal Albert Hall

For nearly 150 years we have been fulfilling our vision of inspiring artists and audiences worldwide with the magic of the iconic Royal Albert Hall; creating life-enriching, unforgettable experiences for everyone. Our vision is to inspire artists and audiences worldwide with the magic of the iconic Royal Albert Hall, creating life-enriching, unforgettable experiences for everyone. The Royal Albert Hall is more than just a building. Together we are… One team. Passionate. Open to all.We are see...
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A 'Pleasing' Stitch-Up

It's the only way I could think to describe this week's dovegreyretreat / hibernation with thread, needles, audiobooks and fire-lit. Bookhound was off on his pre-festive season travels across country to visit The Olds for a few days which left me home alone. Honestly, I try not to look excited at the prospect because I know there could come a time in life when being home alone becomes a reality for one or other of us, and that won't be exciting, but for now...well let's just say I treat it like...
Tags: Books, Bbc, New Zealand, Rob, Saturn, Country Life, Val Mcdermid, Rita Cook, Arthur, Pete, Cass, St Mary, Albert Hall, Robert Macfarlane, Edward Thomas, Dovegreyreader

John Malveaux: Broadway World: Nov. 25th Alyson Carnegie Hall

Alyson Cambridge John Malveaux   of   forwards this article: Broadway World New York, November 13, 2018 – World-renowned opera singer and Broadway star Alyson Cambridge will perform a special holiday solo concert, accompanied by pianist Michael Fennelly, at Carnegie Hall’s beautiful Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, November 25 at 7:30PM. Respected as one of the most diverse and compelling vocalists today and known for her “powerful, c...
Tags: Asia, Europe, London, Religion, New York Times, Broadway, Cambridge, Michael, Jessye Norman, Carnegie Hall, Tony, Albert Hall, Seventh Avenue, Alyson, Weill Recital Hall, Constantine Maroulis

Royal Albert Hall unveils anniversary 'walk of fame'

London gets its own Walk of Fame to celebrate 150 years of the Royal Albert Hall.
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How video game music waltzed its way on to Classic FM

Once regarded as inferior to film and TV soundtracks, games scores are gaining recognition and awards as a valid form of contemporary classical musicIn early 2018, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker was a guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, for which one of his chosen recordings was Jonathan Dunn’s theme for the 1988 Game Boy game RoboCop. In May, the Royal Albert Hall hosted PlayStation in Concert, at which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played music from games made for PlayStation cons...
Tags: Games, Music, UK, Technology, Radio, Culture, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Eminem, Classical Music, Music Streaming, Game culture, Mario, Call Of Duty, Desert Island Discs, Assassin's Creed

The Proms–Lili Boulanger et al

Lili Boulanger is a composer who is at the intersection of two of the focuses of this year’s Proms programs: women composers and the centennial of the end of the First World War, which coincided with the year of her death at age of 24. Boulanger was clearly one of the great talents in music history, the equal of, for instance, the famously precocious Mendelssohn and Shostakovitch, both of whom lived long enough to fully realize their astonishingly early promise. Works of hers are included in...
Tags: France, Religion, Rome, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Nadia, Simon Rattle, Debussy, Albert Hall, Elgar, Ravel, Crohn, Mendelssohn, Gareth Davies, Dutilleux, Whitman

John Wilson brings Broadway to South Kensington: West Side Story at the BBC Proms

There were two, equal ‘stars’ of this performance of the authorised concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall: ‘Lenny’ himself, whose vibrant score - by turns glossy and edgy - truly shone, and conductor John Wilson, who made it gleam, and who made us listen afresh and intently to every coloristic detail and toe-tapping, twisting rhythm.
Tags: Religion, Broadway, Leonard Bernstein, Lenny, South Kensington, Albert Hall, West Side Story, John Wilson, BBC Proms

Prom 36: Philharmonia/Salonen - Webern, Mahler, and Wagner, 9 August 2018

Royal Albert Hall Webern: Five Orchestral Pieces, op.10 Mahler: Symphony no.10: ‘Adagio’ Wagner: Die Walküre , Act I Siegmund – Robert Dean Smith Sieglinde – Anja Kampe Hunding – Franz-Josef Selig Philharmonia Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) One of the joys of writing regularly – sometimes, just sometimes, I think too regularly – about performance has been the transformation, both conscious and unconscious, of my scholarship....
Tags: Religion, Beethoven, Pierre Boulez, Wagner, Esa Pekka Salonen, Mahler, Brahms, Albert Hall, Schoenberg, Lenz, Alban Berg, Salonen, Dean Smith, Selig, Philharmonia, Liszt

Prom 33 - BBC SO/Farnes - Musgrave and Brahms, 7 August 2018

Royal Albert Hall Thea Musgrave: Phoenix Rising (1997) Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem , op.45   Golda Schulz (soprano) Johan Reuter (bass-baritone) BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Neil Ferris) BBC Symphony Orchestra Richard Farnes (conductor)     I am not sure I could find much of a connection between the two works on offer here. They offered ‘contrast’ of a sort, I suppose, yet not in a meaningful way such as I could discern. No matter: the concert was what it w...
Tags: Virginia, Berlin, Religion, Bbc, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix, Daniel Barenboim, Bach, Brahms, Albert Hall, Wie, Handel, Mendelssohn, Schutz, Klemperer, Selig

Proms 29 and 30 – Swedish CO/Dausgaard - ‘The Brandenburg Project’: Bach, Turnage, Hillborg, Caine, Neuwirth, Dean, and Mackey. 5 August 2018

Royal Albert Hall Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.1 in F major, BWV 1046 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Maya (2014, UK premiere) Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.3 in G major, BWV 1048 Anders Hillborg: Bach Materia (2017, UK premiere) Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.5 in D major, BWV 1050 Uri Caine: Hamsa (2015, UK premiere) Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.4 in G major, BWV 1049 Olga Neuwirth: Aello – ballet mécanomorphe (2016-17, UK pre...
Tags: UK, Religion, Vienna, God, Salzburg, Canon, Maya, Co, Mozart, Bach, Boulez, Maya Beiser, Zimmermann, Caine, Stravinsky, Dean

Prom 26: Prohaska/Il Giardino Armonico/Antonini - Purcell, Graupner, Sartorio, Handel, Costello, Cavalli, and Hasse, 2 August 2018

Royal Albert Hall   Purcell: Dido and Aeneas : Overture and ‘Ah! Belinda, I am pressed with torment’ Christoph Graupner: Dido, Königin von Carthago : ‘Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen’ Antonio Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto : ‘Non voglio amar’ Matthew Locke: The Tempest : ‘The Second Musick: Curtain Tune’ Sartorio: Giulio Cesare : ‘Quando voglio’ Graupner: Dido : ‘Der Himmel ist von Donner … Infido Cupido’, ‘Agitato da tempeste’ Handel: Concerto ...
Tags: Religion, Venice, Cleopatra, Britten, Locke, Cavalli, Hasse, Albert Hall, Dido, Carthage, Handel, Purcell, Belinda, Bildung, Mark Berry, Aeneas

The Royal Albert Hall’s Artistic Director Says The Oboe, French Horn, Bassoon, And Other Instruments Could ‘Become Extinct’

And what’s to blame? YouTube. Kids aren’t watching live music. Etc. (It’s true at least that very, very few music students are playing any of these instruments, the tuba included.)
Tags: Art, Music, Albert Hall, 07.28.18

Turning the Royal Albert Hall into a light show

The Royal Albert Hall became a massive projection screen for a light show as part of the BBC Proms.
Tags: News, Bbc, Albert Hall

The best of London for the first time visitor

London is a great city, but it can be confusing for tourists to find the best places to visit. You can explore the city in a traditional Black Cab (taxi), discover the Underground mysteries, cruise on a boat along the river Thames, or simply take the bus. There are organized tours with bikes, boats, buses, walking, or with a private driver. It all depends on your choice and budget. The following is a brief summary of the best of London for the first time visitor, and this article on things to...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, London, Chelsea, Parthenon, Buckingham Palace, Napoleon Bonaparte, William, British Museum, Wellington, Victoria Station, Travel Blog, Albert, Albert Hall

End of the line: our guide to the death of the telephone

The only person who rings your landline is your mum. And now even mobile calls are passé. How did this happen?When did we fall out of love? Why did we stop talking? How hard is it to pick up the phone? Apparently, quite hard. Research indicates a quarter of smartphone users never use them to place a voice call. It’s not just digital natives; I can’t remember the last time I called a friend for a chat. The idea is as alien as eating a pint of mayonnaise prawns, or standing when a lady enters the ...
Tags: Technology, Life and style, Mobile Phones, Culture, Telecoms, Albert Hall

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates 92 years with star-studded concert

Britain's Queen Elizabeth attended a star-studded special concert on Saturday as the world's oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday. Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show with his hit "It's Not Unusual" shortly before Elizabeth appeared in the royal box of London's Albert Hall, flanked by her family. Kylie Minogue, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Shaggy were among those on the bill, along with stars of the stage and screen.
Tags: London, News, Britain, Tom Jones, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Albert Hall, Kylie Minogue Sting Ladysmith Black Mambazo

R.O., Rosanne and Cass

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed illustrator R.O. Blechman (go here), whose work has appeared on 15 covers of The New Yorker magazine and in hundreds of books, newspapers and other magazines. Bob is most famous for his "shaky line," which makes his work fun and accessible. Bob's passion for art began as a teen living on Central Park West. His neighbor was a bohemian French female artist. He admired her, and she helped him with his portfolio when applying to the prestigious...
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Suffragetto, an early 20th century board game, pitted suffragettes against the cops

Several years ago, the Bodleian Library mounted an exhibition called Playing with History. It featured one game enthusiast's historical collection of games and pastimes with an eye toward how games have been used through the ages to address the issues, challenges, and ideals of the time. One of the more fascinating games in the collection is Suffragetto, a board game from sometime around 1908/9 (the release date is debated). Suffragetto was created by members of the militant British suffrag...
Tags: Post, News, Feminism, House Of Commons, Board Games, Albert Hall, Suffrage, Bodleian Library, Women 's Social and Political Union, Suffrajitsu, House of Commons Apparently the Bodleian Library, Laura Spitale McGough

Who's In Charge Of The Seats At The Royal Albert Hall?

Some of the seats are owned by private people, who can resell them for a profit. And those seatholders? Make up the majority of the council that runs the charity that runs the hall. Now, "A row over the governance of the Royal Albert Hall will be referred to tribunal, it has been confirmed, after […]
Tags: Art, Issues, Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, 01.12.18