As gyms and beauty salons reopen, northern culture is left out in the cold

'I feel the devastation and the pain that many freelancers are going through'

“We have missed performing so, so much,” says a player from Manchester Camerata. She’s standing on stage in the magnificent Leeds Town Hall, one of the grandest and most palatial buildings in the North. “Well done Leeds,” she almost shouts, to warm applause.

There are around 100 people in the audience — mostly wearing masks. Everyone is spaced out by a …

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