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All of Manchester’s communities stand together in strength, resilience and love. In this most musical of cities, Manchester’s orchestral musicians from the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata will come together with The Bridgewater Hall for a concert in support of the families and friends of the victims of last Monday’s atrocity. The […]

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Clare's Blog

Music’s power to heal

After the abhorrent terrorist atrocities of the last few weeks, I wanted to write a little about the One Love Concert held at Old Trafford and the We Stand Together concert held at Bridgewater Hall.  The latter organised by the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata and featured 100 musicians on stage plus special […]

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Fatbergs for beginners – all you need to know …

Yesterday I found myself volunteering to help unblock an outside drain – oh the glamour.  Having never had to do anything of this nature before I was totally unprepared for what lay ahead.  I won’t go into the gory details (in this paragraph) suffice to say neither will I be at the front of the […]

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The Basie Bonus

Last week we took our Mini Big Band up to the beautiful Harrogate Theatre, I’d been looking forward to it for ages, guttingly a few days before the performance I was struck down with the return of the ‘orrible bug I thought I’d got shut of two weeks previous. Cue endless hours of steaming and […]

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We’ve all seen many changes since April 2007 …

Muddy recently asked how long I’d been writing for The Yorkshire Post. My first column appeared exactly 10 years ago.  At the time I was signed to Sony and as part of a six-week album campaign, they asked the good people at the YP if I could write a few pieces and you’ve been stuck […]

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