Manchester’s first music festival and ball 1828 at the Theatre Royal

The origins of the music festival and grand fancy dress ball In  October 1828 Manchester rose to prominence with it’s first music festival.  One of the places it was advertised in was a playbill at The Theatre Royal, Manchester. It was organised by the Chairman, Deputy-chairman, Gentlemen and Stewards of the Committee of the ‘Gentleman’s Concert Society’ . The concerts...

The Palace Theatre, Manchester 1944 and 1945 and Peace in the World!!

1944 saw the historic DD landings, the Americans, British, Chinese, French and Soviet representatives met to plan the foundation of the United Nations. The Japanese surrender in Burma. Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp; in the April and then prepared the Vrba–Wetzler report, one of the earliest and most detailed descriptions of the extermination of Jews in the...

The Palace Theatre, Manchester 1943. Mussolini is arrested and American GI’s in England

News of the World War Two 1943 1943 saw the first “Bevin Boys” being conscripted to work in the coal mines.  The pigeons White Vision, Winkie and Tyke become the first recipients of the Dickin Medal, which was to honour the work of animals in war. Labour Minister Ernest Bevin announced that women from 19 to 50 would be called for work in aircraft and munitions...