A defiant performance: the Hallé Orchestra opens its 2019-2020 season Alfred Searls September 23, 2019 Blogs, Duckspeak, Music Last week, with the last embers of Summer illuminating the evening sky in Manchester, music lovers came together to greet the opening of Hallé Orchestras 2019-2020 season. Beethoven and Shostakovich were on the card and wielding the baton was Klaus Mäkelä who next year will take up the position of chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Oslo Philharmonic. Up...
It is often said that a writer’s inspiration can come from anywhere, but 75 years ago the muse was to be found falling from the bomb bays of an armada of American bombers. What is perhaps even more unusual is that such an occurrence was also the wellspring for both an inspired defence of Catholic monastic life and a classic work of literary science fiction.