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previews, reviews, interviews, and recommendations with Steve Cooke


HOME MANCHESTER is throwing open its doors with a day of free, fun events and activities.

PREVIEW By Steve Cooke

HOME is holding its first ever Open Day on Sat 16 Sep, offering a range of fun, free activities for everyone to enjoy - talks, displays, backstage tours, creative workshops, information sessions and quizzes, along with special food and drink offers in the

excellent café and restaurant.

Since HOME opened in 2015 in the heart of Manchester over four million of us have visited to see bold new and established theatre shows, experience great independent films from across the world, and see new art in the galleries, relax in the café and browse the shop.

Whether you are a regular of have never been I can highly recommend this day.

Events include Projection Tours, Family Creativity Corner, Cornerhouse Publications Pop Up Shop, an open Mothers Who Make workshop, Back Stage Tours and a chance to explore the history of HOME including a look through the props and costumes of its extensive theatre portfolio.

All the day’s events will be free, some activities are drop-in on the day, others are bookable in advance on the website. There will also be a selection of pop- up activities and information points throughout the building.

Sat 16 Sep 2023

HOME Open Day 2023 Activities and events from 10am – 4pm

All events are free to attend Everyone is welcome!

For more information about HOME Open Day activities, please see here:


REVIEW By Dr Joe Dawson

Tim Kennedy’s career began as a treble at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, then to a music scholar at Winchester College. A gap year performing at Truro Cathedral led to studying music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Now Manchester-based for fifteen years, he pursues a varied freelance career as a lyric tenor soloist, but he also works as an organist, vocal coach, and pianist, including as a staff accompanist for singers at the RNCM - see

John Gough is an international solo pianist and chamber musician who has just retired after 30 years’ service as Senior Tutor in Piano at the RNCM, as well as at Chetham’s, and examining at the Royal Academy, Guildhall School of Music, and Manchester University.

This distinguished pair opened with a sacred set of Panis Angelicus, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Malotte’s The Lord's Prayer, along with Schubert’s An die Musik. Tim’s clear and expressive soaring delivery continued with attractive modern songs by Katie E. Laing, Lin Marsh, and Dorothy Buchanan.

The perennial Loch Lomond, sung unaccompanied was particularly effective.

Thiman’s setting of I wandered lonely as a cloud, led to tenor favourites, I'll walk beside you, and I'll sing thee songs of Araby, followed by If ever I would leave you, from Camelot, all accompanied superbly by John Gough.

Interestingly, as a finale we had Golden by Cliff Richard. The original 1960’s teeny boppers and rock chicks in the audience managed to restrain themselves. It was interesting that the pop song transferred to the concert platform well, as substance won over style.

As the old ballad goes jolly good songs and jolly well sung and jolly good company … whatever the form. Especially with such consummate artistes.

The Queen’s Award-winning Toad Lane Concerts are every Wednesday at 12.30pm at the Grade 1 listed church of St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ. Entrance fee is £6. No refreshments available now, but the venue is Covid-19 compliant. Contact 01706 648872 for further information.


Sunday 03 September

Friends of Hare Hill Park Band Concert - Blackley Brass Band

Kick back and relax to the sound of a brass band in Hare Hill Park.

Refreshments will be on sale. Please bring your own chair or picnic blanket as we only have a limited number of chairs available.

All these events are possible thanks to volunteers who give up their time to make them happen. If you would like to get involved and help with the events in Littleborough, please submit your details here:


Phone: LEAF 07931 992393

3pm - 5pm

Hare Hill Park, Hare Hill Road, Littleborough OL15 9HE

Tuesday 05 September

The Serial Killer Next Door

One of the UK’s most notable Psychological Therapists and Crime commentators Emma Kenny discusses what creates a serial killer.

Emma Kenny will take you on a journey looking at what ingredients of possibility lead to body counts by killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Paul Knowles. What creates a serial killer, and could anything have prevented their potential being activated, or were they simply born to kill?

Emma specialises in victimology, but she is mostly known in the media for presenting crime shows including Britain’s Darkest Taboos, Lady Killers, and The Killer in My Family. Emma has presented over 70 Crime shows analysing some of the most heinous crimes both here in the UK and the States, exploring what makes a killer, and why some people can be born into seemingly normal families, brought up without fear, or abuse, yet still choose a murderous path.

Aged 18+ only

Tickets from £26

Phone: Middleton Arena 0300 303 8633 



Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG

Wednesday 06 September

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - Digital KO (Hand in for Memorial Competition - 6 scapes images).

We meet every Wednesday at Rochdale Unitarian Church, starting at 7.30pm prompt (doors open from 7.15pm). The door is kept locked so please ring the bell on arrival.

If you would like to see the club for yourself and meet our members, you are welcome to attend as our guest for up to 3 weeks before committing to membership. Annual subscription is £36 for single or £46 for joint membership.

A weekly room fee of £2.50 is also payable on arrival at the meeting. Refreshments are 50p.

Visit the link below for a full 2023 syllabus.

£2.50 for room fee


Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start.

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP

celebrating creative arts and artists - an oasis of positivity supporting individual and community wellbeing.

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