Leeds Lit Fest – In Conversation With Peter James

Crime and thriller writing phenomenon, Peter James, took to the virtual stage at lunchtime on the second day of the 2021 edition of Leeds Lit Fest. This relaxed conversation between Peter and Leeds Lit Fest’s Jonathan Straight, gave the audience a unique insight into where Peter gets his inspiration for his bestselling plot-twisting page-turners. Growing […]

Opera North’s La Petite Boheme

On the face of it, the prospect of the shortest of La Bohème’s four Acts, at just a little over twenty minutes, and in animation at that, would seem of limited appeal. After all, we miss the youthful Act I, the humour and intricate slapstick of denying the landlord his rent at its centre, and […]


And one for the pre-teens … Firstly, a word about a composer, now largely forgotten, who may merit a chapter to herself in an adequate tome of music’s history. Pauline Viardot lived a long life. She was six in the year that Beethoven died, yet lived until just five weeks shy of the sensational première […]

Opera North’s Cinderella

With theatres most definitely closed by decree and Christmas all but cancelled, here is forty minutes of family fun, for a fiver, to be enjoyed at any time during our isolated festivities. Ready the children, with a brief explanation of what cinders once were, fashion a wand with which to help the magic along, and […]

Fidelio, Opera North Live-Stream

Despite a somewhat fragmented production, and while lacking the magic of live theatre, the beauty and spirit of Beethoven’s great opera come across clearly in this performance. Opera North live-streamers gathered together (albeit separately) once again on Saturday 12 December for a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio. This performance, rather than being a fully-staged opera, was a […]