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An Aria with Various Variations

Richard Boothby explains the dubious story behind the popular title of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' ahead of Fretwork's performance of the piece at the Howard Assembly Room: While the Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen, or ‘Aria with various variations’ is Bach’s dising...

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Dispatches from the Dark Side

“We were never meant to know any of this:” Gareth Peirce on torture, rendition and the UK’s complicity in Guantánamo Bay Eminant human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce will deliver a DARE Liberty Lecture at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 15 April as part of the ON Liberty...

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Cautionary Verse

Culture Vulture’s Phil Kirby is inspired to rhyme after seeing Opera North’s children’s opera, Cautionary Tales “When it ended I could easily have watched it again, it was that good. I was gripped by Belloc’s words, and the sheer ludicrousnous of the tales of Karmic comeu...

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Some sense of place and roots

[caption id="attachment_477" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Unthanks in a previous performance at the Howard Assembly Room (2009). Photo credit: Brian Slater"][/caption] In a recent article in the Yorkshire Post, ahead of the The Unthanks’ sold-out appearance ov...

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