Manchester and the North’s classical music calendar is filling up nicely this autumn, with our favourite venues welcoming some incredible talent to their stages.
Enter the RNCM, whose 50th anniversary celebrations kickstart with an autumn season brimming with electric concerts. Read our highlights from the season below, including Elizabeth Llewellyn, one of the leading sopranos of her generation, Steven Osborne, one of the most sought-after pianists in Britain, and opera’s biggest party: Strauss’ rip-roaring comedy Die Fledermaus (The Bat).
We also look forward to a world premiere exhibition, coming to the Science and Industry Museum. Suitable for children and adults alike, Turn It Up: The Power of Music is an interactive experience exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us, and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.
Read about all this and more below.
Here are our picks
Following their award-winning debut album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, RNCM alumna Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) and Simon Lepper (pianist) perform as part of the College’s 50th celebrations this Autumn.
A world premiere exhibition comes to the Science and Industry Museum. Suitable for children and adults alike, Turn It Up: The Power of Music is an interactive experience exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us, and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.
Described by The Observer as “always a player in absolute service to the composer”, Steven Osborne gives a rare performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor alongside before Schubert’s lyrical, occasionally tempestuous Piano Sonata No 20 in A major – plus two more glittering works by Beethoven and Osborne himself.
Formed at the RNCM in 1998, Elias String Quartet are one of the leading quartets of their generation, praised for their intense and vibrant performances. They return to the RNCM to perform works by Haydn, Beamish and Beethoven, following their announcement as Artists in Residence at the College.
Out of the height of his compositional prowess and depth of his personal life comes Mahler’s 10th Symphony, which the RNCM Symphony Orchestra will bring to vivid life alongside Steven Stucky’s adaptation of Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary.
Oozing wit and bursting with the composer’s signature waltzes and polkas, Fie Fledermaus is Viennese operetta at its best, and a great choice from the RNCM Opera, whose performance promises to be a highlight of the College’s Autumn Season.
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3WS - Visit now
Home to the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic orchestras, the Bridgewater Hall attracts some of the biggest names in classical music. Purpose-built to the tune of £42m, the hall was designed around its acoustic needs; it floats on 280 earthquake-proof isolations springs that mute all external noise, perfect for shielding around 250 performances a year from the trams outside.
The Stoller Hall has taken Sound of Nature as its new programming strand for 2022, with the aim of connecting audiences with nature through music.
Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.
Fusing funk, disco and pop, Australian quintet Parcels hit the road with brand new music from their second album Day/Night.
Set in the wake of the punk revolution of 1970s Manchester, this timely revival tells the story of the four ordinary lads who came together to create one of the most significant bands of all time.
Lifelong collaborators Ríoghnach Connolly & Alabaster de Plume face-off on stage in a “cosmic coming together of friendship and devoted musical spirit”.
Celebrating 30 years of their fifth studio album It’s a Shame About Ray, American rockers The Lemonheads will play the album in full in Manchester.
With a soulful musical score and a jaw-droppingly talented cast, this moving musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning novel should definitely be on your radar.
Manchester Folk Festival grows from strength to strength with a soul-melting lineup and the addition of a new venue.