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News Wolfgang Manz Take up the Role of Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music

Internationally acclaimed German pianist will be leading students at the Leeds college

Wolfgang Manz, an internationally acclaimed German pianist, officially took up the position of visiting professor at Leeds College of Music last week. The college is first education institution in the UK to welcome a world renowned pianist in an official teaching capacity, and Manz began his tenure in style with an exclusive recital of works by Beethoven and Liszt on the College of Music’s new Steinway Model D Concert Grand.

The recital on 20th November honoured the college’s recently acquired status as an All-Steinway School – the only English conservatoire to hold such a title. Earlier this year Manz’s…

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Interview Adrian McNally, The Unthanks

The songwriter and pianist from the North Eastern folk 10-piece tells us about their collaboration with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band that's coming to Leeds Town Hall on 15th September

"I think that in some respects we are one of the most traditional acts in folk music," says Adrian McNally, "and in other respects we’re one of the most sonically adventurous." It’s hard to argue with his claim.

The Unthanks – based up in the North East and previously known as Rachel Unthanks & The Winterset – have over the course of four albums expanded from a five-piece traditional folk act into a 10-piece mini orchestra, included clog dancing as percussion on their records, covered acts as diverse as Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons and Nick Drake and rooted…

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Review Leeds Festival Chorus & Northern Sinfonia

Tom Goodhand watches a magnificent performance of two works by Mozart at Leeds Town Hall

For most people of my generation, classical music just isn’t something we do. It’s what your parents, and maybe your gran, listen to. However, the preconceptions that surround the music do nothing to reflect the sheer variety of styles lumped under the ‘classical’ banner, or the magnificence of actually sitting back and watching quality ensembles perform some of the greatest works of music ever written.

We visited the wonderfully ornate Leeds Town Hall to see Leeds Festival Chorus and the Northern Sinfonia perform two works by Mozart – Symphony No 40 and Great Mass in C minor. The audience lives…

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