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Friday 14 June 2024
14/06/2024

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The wonderful world of Kathryn Tickell

A busy summer lies ahead for Kathryn Tickell including a clutch of gigs in Canada and one in France. First, though, there’s her appearance with Amy Thatcher at What A Wonderful World Festival in Alnwick. And what a wonderful name for a festival. Established in 2022, it brings together luminaries from science and the arts …

Professionals join Tees youngsters in opera extravaganza

The results of a groundbreaking — and ear-pleasing — collaboration between the Royal Opera House and 1,500 schoolchildren from across the Tees Valley will be unveiled in a series of performances next week. Professional musicians will travel to the North East from Royal Opera House HQ to take to the stage alongside primary school pupils …

Choir still hitting the right notes at 70

Newcastle Choral Society, formed in 1954, is marking its 70th anniversary this weekend (Saturday, June 15) with a concert in the Civic Centre’s grand banqueting suite. It should be quite an occasion, worthy of all the creative energy that has been expended over the decades to entertain North East audiences and, of course, themselves. Singing …

The Story… a new chapter begins

The cathedral, understandably, exerts a pull on visitors to Durham, drawing them up the hill in droves. But now the city has another attraction which perhaps tells its story more succinctly. Called The Story, it is the repository for more stories than it’s possible to quantify. Some of them — as I learned on a …

Tyne travel unearths ancient secrets

A Tyneside-led project has investigated how 170 acres of Rome “jam packed” with archaeology repeatedly changed across eight centuries.  An international team of archaeologists, led by Newcastle University and working with a mix of experts from different disciplines, has meticulously studied the transformation of an area in southeast Rome, near the Coliseum. Newcastle University professor …

Culture digest

Autumn tour for Love It If We Beat Them Following a successful run at Live Theatre as part of Live Theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2023, Rob Ward’s play, Love It If We Beat Them is returning to stages across the North East later this year. Directed by Bex Bowsher, the critically acclaimed drama about …

Old building’s new life wins national acclaim

The revival of a largely empty Tyneside sixties office block into a thriving centre for artists and the local community has landed a national award. The NewBridge Project’s move into the five storey Shieldfield Centre in Newcastle, with conversion work achieved on a tight budget, has won this year’s Architect’s Journal Small Projects Sustainability Prize.  …

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North

We should, by now, have got over any novelty in the idea that women write great music for orchestra and small ensemble alike. Too much of it has simply been neglected unfairly. Caroline Shaw’s modern song cycle Is A Rose was a highlight of last year’s Royal Northern Sinfonia season and Thea Musgrave’s stature in …

Alphabetti unveils its leading man for Act II

The news that Alphabetti Theatre’s founding artistic/executive director Ali Pritchard was standing down after a decade of being the driving force at the city centre venue, charity and new-theatre-producing powerhouse was met with a mixture of sadness, admiration and a couple of massive questions. Firstly, who are they going to get to replace him? And …

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