After a dormant couple of years for live classical music, venues across Manchester and the North are finally able to welcome ensembles back to their stages, and audiences back to their seats.
Here we round up the concerts we’re most looking forward in the coming weeks and months, including two exciting evenings with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall. The first, on the 26 September, will see the orchestra joined by Scottish pianist Steven Osborne for a glittering programme of Beethoven and James Manson. On 5 December, meanwhile, the NCO will perform Shostakovich, Grieg, Elgar and Finzi, sharing the stage with violinist Chloë Hanslip, the orchestra’s Artist in Association.
We also can’t wait to watch Mammal Hands at The Stoller Hall. The unconventional trio draw from a melting pot of influences, from electronica to contemporary classical, North Indian to folk, stirring these styles up to create one that’s decidedly their own. And speaking of stirring up styles, veteran of the German deep house scene, Henrik Schwarz will collaborate with award-winning Dutch ensemble, Alma String Quartet at Manchester’s newest venue, The Blues Kitchen – high on our list of September concerts.
Here are our picks
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.
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