Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review

Royal Northern College of Music & Brodsky Pre-theatre Dining Review: February 2019

In 1893 Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music, merging with the Northern school of music in 1973 to create The Royal Northern College of Music we know today.

The RNCM, located on Oxford Road in Manchester cite centre, is a hidden gem, an excellent entertainment venue offering a variety of performances from various musical genres.

In addition to musical performances, the venue also boasts the beautiful Brodsky restaurant which offers diners a sophisticated and elegant dining experience.

The Brodsky Pre-theatre experience, was a real treat, manager Jose and the team did a fabulous job at looking after us.  The menu offers variety and va-va voom to their diners, with exciting foodie options followed through with a well executed delivery.

Sensational Starters included the roasted heritage tomatoes and baby mozzarella salad served with micro herbs, pesto and balsamic glaze.  Also, the delicious platter of garlic and chilli roasted vegetables, served with semi-dried tomatoes, hummus & olives, alongside Italian Seitan and vegan aioli.

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Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review

Grand Opera House York Cinderella Panto – Review: January 2019

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.  Ideal for a festive outing for a Christmas treat.  Whether you fancy the classical or contemporary, The Grand Opera House York has a performance to suit everyone’s genre preference.

Three Bears Productions returned in December 2018, for the third year with the classic pantomime Cinderella.  The star studied cast included Star of Liberty X Michelle Heaton as The Fairy Godmother, Channel 5’s Milkshake Amy Thompson as Cinderella, the magical Martin Daniels as Buttons, Coronation Street’s Ken Morley and Britain’s Naughtiest Dame Steve Wickenden as Covonia and Calpol, with BBC’s Allo’Allo!’s John D Collins as The Baron and Danny Rogers as Dandini.

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York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review 

York Theatre Royal, The Grand Old Dame of York – Review: January 2019

For the final year, and in celebration of his 40th year, Berwick Kaler is staring as York’s legendary pantomime Dame in The Grand Old Dame of York.

Nice to see York Theatre Royal’s lovely, friendly and familiar faces, within the production, including Suzy Cooper, David Lenard and Martin Barrass.

Get your jazz hands and vocals at the ready and prepare to clap, cheer and boo this all-star cast who sing, “there’s no panto like this panto” and they are not wrong.

From the set, costumes and choreography to the cheesy slapstick family fun and dastardly capers, this panto offers substance with a quality performance throughout.

The man of the moment Berwick Kaler once again pulling off another exciting, energetic and entertaining performance – outstanding!  Another standout job came from Les Miserable, part-time dentist and full-time villain.  With his dastardly capers keeping York’s theatre crowds action infused and amused.

At the centre of the story, this villainess creature, Les Miserable, attempts to stop laughter in its tracks, Booooooo, but with upbeat bursts of musical mayhem and genuine hilarity throughout, giggles are plentiful and laugh out loud moments shall not be stopped.

Grab yourself a 40 years stunning souvenir brochure, jelly babies and concessions and prepare to be entertained.

Even though Berwick makes a break for it in the hot air ballon, The Grand Old Dame of York, at York Theatre Royal, is not full of hot air…this panto performance is pure pizzazz and perfection!  Best news you have not missed out, as the show must go on and continues until the 2nd of February 2019.

Make memorable moments, as on select days at York Theatre Royal, you can snap up the chance for a behind the scenes tour whereby you get the inside scoop on all the backstage action.

Personally, for me standing on the York Theatre Royal stage was a legendary moment that will never be forgot.  Mark Walters detailed set designs are mind-blowing and to see the wall of signatures was superb.

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Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Manchester cathedral was the location for an amazing evening of the classics performed by the London Concertante.

Perhaps your classical music knowledge is not up to scratch, well no need to worry, as, “The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers!”  The London Concertante, brought together some of the finest composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, cleverly making the performance superb for avid regulars and newbies alike.

The “UK based chamber ensemble London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.”

The chosen repertoire of musical melodies for the concert was Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi all performed by Candlelight.  Set within Manchester’s beautiful Cathedral, the evening was a breath-taking and mind blowing experience.

The programme included Mozart – Divertimento in F, Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D minor, Bach – Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C minor, Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F, Vivaldi – “Winter” from the Four Seasons, as well as a few extra delightful pieces, a much-welcomed surprise!  Along with solo Oboe and Violin performances which were truly mind-blowing.

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The Grand Opera House York: Classical or Contemporary? – Review

The Grand Opera House York: Classical or Contemporary? Review: November 2018

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.  Ideal for a festive outing for a Christmas treat.  Whether you fancy the classical or contemporary, The Grand Opera House York has a performance to suit everyone’s genre preference.

The Vienna Festival Ballet performed the famous classical ballet – The Nutcracker.  Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the Nutcracker story about the adventures of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll.

Clara combats the Mouse King and joins forces with the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier to a gorgeous, glistening Land of snow to the sweetie Kingdom.  A marvellous and memorising musical magical adventure, a Christmas spectacular and a sensational ballet.

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Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Luxury Rail Trip to Edinburgh

Lovely luxury indulgence, from time to time, can be good for the mind, body and soul.  However, the focus for me is about affordable luxury to enjoy a luxury rail trip up to Edinburgh.

Travel in Style

Trainline – First Class TransPennine Express

Get things off to a super start and let Trainlines dedicated 500+ team take care of all your travel needs.  By booking your tickets with Trainline, a one stop shop whereby can search for all the best fares with a variety of train operators, to bag yourself a bargain.  You can book online or via their app, making searching for affordable fares easy and a simple experience.  Sit back and enjoy the view.

Opt for physical tickets to collect or e-tickets, the smart ticketing choice for travel on the go.  App tickets especially ideal for the wet and wintery weather, as no need to worry about wet or loss of tickets too! Plan ahead and first-class fares may not be out of reach, with many operators such as TransPennine Express covering the Edinburgh route.

Where to Stay

Novotel Edinburgh Centre – The Sensational Suite

Book into the Novotel Edinburgh Centre hotel, for a few nights, located on Lauriston Place, is a contemporary cosy hub, ideal for business, couples or family trips.  The Royal Mile, Princess street and Edinburgh Castle, literally on your doorstep, and are just a short walk away by foot.  The hotel offers a range of onsite facilities including the Tap bar and restaurant, fitness centre and a sensational indoor heated pool with colour changing mood jacuzzi, hammam and sauna.

Make your stay super-duper and opt for the sensational suite, the perfect accommodations with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, that offers a well-designed large space, for up to two adults and two children.  An incredible balcony with breath-taking and incredible views across one side of Edinburgh with a living room, two flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi.

The bedroom, with the stunning Scottish artwork mural, bathroom with power shower, complimentary toiletries, slipper and bathrobes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

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York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review

York Theatre Royal and Colonnade Café Review: May 2018

Taking a lead role in the theatre scene, for over 270 years, York Theatre Royal reopened in 2016 after a six million development.  Creating a state of the art 21st century theatre.

The bespoke décor, that combines traditional with the contemporary, while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features, has created a warm, welcoming hub with an airy feel.

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