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 #Review

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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Make York your Destination for 2018 #Review

Make York your Destination for 2018

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.

Travelling by rail to York could not be easier and the station is less than a 5-10 minute walk into the heart of all the historic action.  Perhaps you already have an organised itinerary, or maybe decided on a spontaneous trip away, either way, if you have already pre-purchased your yellow York passes then you are good to go, if not just pop over to the Visit York office and the fabulous friendly team will get you on your way to exploring York.

The York Pass offers you a choice of free entry to over 30 York tours and attractions.  You can buy a one, two or three-day pass, making your York Adventure fuss free, fun and cost effective.  During our visit, we used the pass for JORVIK Viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York City Cruises, York Minster and York chocolate Story.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Transported back in time, during our visit, the city was hosting the Viking festival which sees a range of exciting events taking place throughout the city, such as re-enactments, along with an array of colourful characters dressed in attire befitting of York’s historical past.

JORVIK Viking centre is now a super state of the art attraction, located on the site of the original 1976 dig, providing an interesting, imaginative and immersive experience.

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Beauty and the Beast Easter Panto #Review

Burnley mechanics Visit: April 2016

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The Easter panto Beauty and the Beast by Anton Bensons productions featured at the Burnley Mechanics it was an eggstravaganza and really was not a night to be missed. Beauty and the Beast may be a tale as old as time, but it was brought into the twenty first century with a comical bang or as Basil would say “Boom Boom”!

 

Recently, pantos have gone beyond the line when trying to please both children and adults within the audience. However, this production really did strike the right balance between family fun with an appropriate mix of subtle adult humour and slapstick comic capers. The Panto was the typical comic cliché based on a fairy tale that included all the common characters expected…oh no it didn’t….oh yes it did!

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