by Norman Warwick, sharing news from former working buddy, Steve Cooke

Manchester Camerata, (left) who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2022, are returning to the Stoller Hall with another instalment in their Mozart, Made in Manchester series. This concert series is part of a five-year collaboration between the orchestra and Chetham’s School of Music to perform and record all of Mozart’s piano concertos. Their concert celebrates Mozart at his very best, delving into some of his later operas (Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute) as well as some of his most epic piano concertos. It also brings together the undeniable chemistry between Camerata’s much loved and charismatic Music Leader, Gábor Takács-Nagy with eminent pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

This concert is supported in memory of former Camerata violinist, Sheila Williams, and her husband Rhys.


Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte – Overture, K. 588

Mozart La Clemenza di Tito – Overture, K. 621

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major (Coronation), K. 537

Mozart The Magic Flute – Overture, K. 620

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Performed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Piano, Gábor Takács-Nagy Music Director Manchester Camerata

Friday 23 September 2022

(Pre-Concert talk at 6.30pm with Professor Simon Keefe included in the ticket price)

£37.50 – £3


BBC Music Magazine says of the ensemble that music lovers are promised energetic Mozart, up there with very best. Soloist, conductor and orchestra conjure up a magical soundworld.

The above information was shared with Sidetracks And Detours by our colleague, Steve Cooke (right), over at his all across the arts pages in The Rochdale observer, and now also on-line

Recognising that we have recently been updating posts about The Manchester Folk Festival, Steve also gave us all the very latest news of the event.

Manchester Folk Festival has a great track record of presenting the very best in current folk and acoustic music, resulting in a rich mix of styles and artists approaching folk and storytelling from different perspectives, and the 5th edition of Manchester Folk Festival will be no The festival is run by English Folk Expo as an international showcase for English Folk and acoustic artists. Each year 180 music industry delegates join Manchester audiences to see the most exciting artists based in England. This year’s shows take place at HOME, Impossible Theatre, O2 Ritz Manchester, The Blues Kitchen and International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

HOME’s Theatre 2 welcomes two new projects, one using folk and storytelling to revisit stories of social change and one centred around global cultural collaboration. Reg Meuross’ Stolen from God is a song cycle unfolding the history of England’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and new commission, Touchstone, brings together traditional English and Kashmiri songs and tunes. Reg has featured on these pages previously and I still hold fond memories of interviewing him more than thirty years ago. Even then he proved to be not only a studious and serious, but also humorous musician.

The festival opens on Thursday 13 October with The Magpie Arc and Lady Maisery: in this show The Magpie Arc launch their highly anticipated first full-length album. Jim Ghedi is joined by Joshua Burnell in HOME. In The Blues Kitchen, Grace Petrie’s show sees two fantastic support artists in Lucy Grubb and GUISE while Impossible Theatre welcomes Rachael Dadd launching her new album, Kaleidoscope. In International Anthony Burgess Foundation we welcome English songsmith, Douglas Dare and The Jackie Oates Trio (“one of England’s finest and most expressive traditional folk singers”– Tradfolk). Thursday’s Festival Club will close day one with rising North-West soul-folk artist John Dhali, Northumbrian fiddler Frankie Archer and country-rock outfit Treetop Flyers.

Friday sees Thea Gilmore headline in HOME now joined by Flo Perlin and Clare Sands. Stolen From God in HOME Theatre 2 is a narrated song-cycle by Reg Meuross about the SW of England’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade with Jali Fily Cissokho,

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Jaz Gayle. Later in Theatre 2, Moxie brings their own sound of an Irish tradition inspired by global and contemporary cultures. Impossible Theatre hosts Hollie Rogers and fusion upbeat danceable sounds from Me and My Friends.

In International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Lucy Farrell (“Splendidly atmospheric” – fRoots) and Fiona Bevan (“Startling Odysseys” – The Guardian) headline their own intimate shows. Friday closes in the vibrant Festival Club with sets from Jacob & Drinkwater, Will Page (Noble Jacks) and The Carrivick Sisters.

Saturday afternoon includes an Irish celebration in HOME as Daoirí Farrell Trio is joined by the “mesmeric” Dani Larkin. David Gibb hosts his Family Jukebox in International Anthony BurgessFoundation and in HOME’s Theatre 2 The Alliance of Kashmiri Arts premieres Touchstone – a commissioned project seeing Lala Qadeer collaborating with Dan Walsh and Alistair Anderson.

Saturday evening’s 02 Ritz show with Will Varley has escalated to what is guaranteed to be a legendary festival evening with the addition of innovative and fiery folk-rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers, (right) . In HOME’s Theatre 1, “face of the 2021 Sea shanty revival”

The Longest Johns are joined by Ceitidh Mac (“transformative, progressive and mellow”) and Angeline Morrison. In Theatre 2 The Drystones (“big bad beats for badass barn dancing”) and string accompanied Hannah Moule and the Moulettes bring their contemporary approaches to folk and traditional music. Saturday evening in International Anthony Burgess Foundation welcomes new folk project Pedler // Russell and clarinet and piano ambient exploration by Group Listening. The final Festival Club night on Saturday will feature The Wilderness Yet, SautiKano, and The Ciderhouse Rebellion.

Established in 2017 as a development of Homegrown Festival in Bury, Manchester Folk Festival takes place over 4 days in venues around the festival hub venue, Home Manchester. The festival attracts over 2,500 audiences annually attending concerts in venues including Home, 02 Ritz, Gorilla, Yes, Comedy Store and Bridgewater Hall. Previous artists have included Billy Bragg, Afro Celt Sound System, Tom Robinson Band, Will Varley, Eliza Carthy, John Smith, Tunng, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby and This is the Kit.

English Folk Expo (EFEx) is a charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation which supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives including the annual Manchester Folk Festival and its parallel industry showcase attracting music buyers and programmers from across the world and generating over £2m spend on artist live bookings from each event (source: the hub). It also runs an annual artist mentoring programme, hosts an online platform of resources for fans, artists and industry, collaborates with export organisations across the world on initiatives including Global Music Match and produces The Official Folk Albums Chart with The Official Charts Company.

Its wonderful that there is folk ´n Mozart in Manchester but readers in the South of the UK, but as most readers of Sidetracks And Detours will know any regular readers of Sidetracks And Deturs might also loudly proclaim the success of Jazz In Reading (JIR).

The event is a meeting of Pangbourne Jazz Club to enjoy a concert on October 2nd by jazz vocalist, Julie Maguire

Julie Maguire, (left and in our cover photo) is a singer and actress based in the London area. Her singing work is incredibly varied – from musical theatre through to jazz, pop and rock. She also writes music, and collaborated on the score to a rock musical which was performed at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe.

​Most recently Julie has been working with Mike Moran across a number of his Film, TV and album projects providing her vocals to his compositions. This collaboration includes Julie and Mike producing an American Songbook Live show, some of which Julie will bring to Pangbourne.
​Julie has performed in most of the theatres around the UK and in many large festivals around the country and abroad. She has also worked in more intimate settings with smaller groups and duo work. She was the female vocalist in Brendan Cole’s “Live and Unjudged” tour.

Julie is certainly a regular favourite with many UK show bands and in great demand – comfortable with a full 18-piece big band as well as the slightly smaller combos.
As an actress, Julie toured the UK with “End of the Rainbow” understudying the role of Judy Garland. She has also performed the role of narrator in the Bill Kenwright production of “Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat”
​Hugely talented, Julie is partner with David Young in the international rock band Space Elevator. She is a prolific writer and lyricist and the band have released 3 albums to critical acclaim.

​Julie is a wonderfully talented singer and performer and as a hard working professional musician she crosses style and genre effortlessly.

​Pangbourne Jazz Club members are really looking forward to her first appearance at Pangbourne Jazz Club.

JIR stages regular events with top-class bands at Reading’s Progress Theatre. See the current programme here

The organisation lists jazz events in Reading and the wider area at no charge – simply submit your gig details. We also offer an affordable service to further promote events – such as the one above – by email: details here.

Jazz in Reading, using its extensive contacts in the jazz world, is in an excellent position to help you find the right band for your wedding, party or other special occasion. .

JIR has today informed us (nice and early) of one of their forthcoming events at

Pangbourne Jazz Club

Sunday 2 October | 7:30pm start

Only £10 entry | Cheap bar | Raffle | Public Car Park

Pay on the door or book online here

The club is described as a really nice venue in a beautiful setting. With club bar prices and ample parking. Pangbourne Jazz Club is delighted to call the v enue their home. The Club runs every first Sunday in the month.

for any further information contact

The prime sources for this article were found in a publication by English Folk Expo, shared with us by Steve Cooke at all across the arts in The Manchester Evening News Media Group and press information from Jazz In Reading. Check out these  listing agencies  and news sources for scores of similar exciting events.

In our occasional re-postings Sidetracks And Detours are confident that we are not only sharing with our readers excellent articles written by experts but that we are also pointing to informed and informative sites readers will re-visit time and again. Of course, we feel sure our readers will also return to our daily not-for-profit blog knowing that we seek to provide core original material whilst sometimes spotlighting the best pieces from elsewhere, as we engage with new genres and practitioners along all the sidetracks & detours we take.

This article was collated by Norman Warwick, a weekly columnist with Lanzarote Information and owner and editor of this daily blog at Sidetracks And Detours.

Norman has also been a long serving broadcaster, co-presenting the weekly all across the arts programme on Crescent Community Radio for many years with Steve Bewick, and his own show on Sherwood Community Radio. He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Four.

As a published author and poet Norman was a founder member of Lendanear Music, with Colin Lever and Just Poets with Pam McKee, Touchstones Creative Writing Group (for which he was creative writing facilitator for a number of years) with Val Chadwick and all across the arts with Robin Parker.

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