Classical Chat: Music inspired by great reads

Programme music - pieces directly telling a story or intimately influenced by a narrative – are a comparatively recent development.

Dead of Night

Metal band's new album a personal journey

A songwriter and musician from the borough is preparing to take metal fans on an introspective journey into the mind with his band’s new album.

Vocal group The Sixteen performing in York Minster

Classical Chat: Beauty of first great works

Early music is unquestionably one of the most valuable gifts bestowed on classical music in the second half of the 20th century.

Kidd Ross

Single marks Wigan producer and songwriter Ross' commercial pop move

A Wigan musician is releasing his new single on Valentine’s Day and loving his move into a more commercial sound.


Kendal Calling announces huge line-up for 2018

The award winning festival Kendal Calling have announced a huge line-up for their 13th year.

A string quartet performing

Classical Chat: Four players, so many great string quartets

Chamber music comes in a dazzling array of forms, but if there is one arrangement of instruments composers have returned to time and time again it is the string quartet.

Lawrence Hoy

Wigan folk singer's album beyond the seas is back

Folk fans will finally get the chance to hear a Wigan musician’s tribute to Australia’s first settlers on CD three decades after it was first released.

TE Yates

History burns bright in Wigan musician's new video

A well-known Wigan musician is bringing a particularly dramatic chapter of history to vivid life with his new single and video.


Grace swaps village pub for arena tour

From village pub singer to X-Factor finalist, a Langho songwriter is taking to the same stage where international superstars have performed the world's biggest hits.

The Helicopter String Quartet. Photo by Jerome Kohl

Classical Chat: Weird and wacky pieces

Classical may have a reputation for being somewhat straight-laced, but some composers have no problem heading off into the truly weird and wonderful.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears is coming to Manchester

Britney Spears is taking her Piece Of Me show on the road after it wrapped in Las Vegas.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Classical Chat: Modernism's new worlds of sound

Modern classical music (by which we mean most things written after 1945) has had a bad rap.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical Chat: Overtures to get things started

First impressions are everything, we are told, and that is true of the world of classical music as well.
Paul Cattermole in his S Club 7 days

Paul Cattermole's S Club 7 Brit Award reaches £66,000 on eBay

Paul Cattermole has expressed his delight after bidding for his S Club 7 Brit award reached £66,000.

Noel (left) and Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher says Noel's wife is blocking Oasis reunion

Liam Gallagher says his brother Noel is desperate to get Oasis back together but has been thwarted by his wife.


Wigan band ready for debut video launch

It has been just over a year since upcoming rock band Grapefruit first burst on to the Wigan music scene.

Modern Romance on Top of the Pops in 1983

Modern Romance back together after 'gap year' that lasted three decades

Eighties pop band Modern Romance have announced their first official show in over 30 years, joking that their time away was "a gap year that got out of hand".

Henry Eastham at School of Rock

Young musicians ready to learn at School of Rock

A project which equips young Wiganers with the skills to become top musicians is still attracting new talent after almost two years, the group organiser says.

Classic rockers Nazareth heading for Wigan

They may not have taken the high road to stardom but Scottish rockers Nazareth have certainly played with their fair share of stars.

An opera performance

Classical Chat: Curtain's up at the opera house

Of all the different elements which make up classical music, opera is surely the most maligned and misunderstood of all.

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