It’s great to see Manchester and the North’s classical music calendar filling up again, with our favourite venues welcoming ensembles back to their stages, and audiences back to their seats.
Here are our picks
The Stoller Hall has taken Sounds of Nature as its new programming strand for 2022, with the aim of connecting audiences with nature through music. Here are some of our highlights from the programme, which will get us thinking about everything from climate change to our relationship with the animal kingdom.
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.
Just So, the best family festival in the UK, returns in August. Expect woodland adventures, magical storytelling and outdoor arts and creative activities for families.
Taking place at The Lowry from Friday 19 August to Saturday 3 September, Identical reimagines the classic story of the identical twin girls separated at birth, who are (accidentally) reunited at a summer camp ten years later.
Perfume Genius heads to Manchester Cathedral in support of his excellent new experimental pop album, Ugly Season.
Indie rock stalwarts The National take to Depot Mayfield this August, joined by their 4AD label mates, Dry Cleaning.
The Magnetic Fields perform intimate and orchestral arrangements of songs spanning their three-decade career at O2 Academy Leeds.
Manchester Psych Fest, the UK’s leading psychedelic music and arts festival, returns in September 2022. We explore the line-up.
Repercussion Festival returns to Depot Mayfield and surrounding venues, with a massive line-up including Jamie XX and Little Simz.
Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back in 2022, with a focus on tackling some of the most crucial questions of our time.