The Bridgewater Hall. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

Classical music in Manchester is thriving. Breaking boundaries and reaching new audiences, the city’s classical music scene has had a real shake up. We preview the standout venues and events.

Here are our picks

  • 1. RNCM Summer Season 2018

    RNCM Summer Season 2018 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 24 April–27 July 2018, from £12 - Book now

    Featuring classical, sacred and jazz music, as well as poetry, theatre and dance, the RNCM’s Summer Season looks set to both inspire and surprise. Read our picks for the months ahead – with a live organ soundtrack to F W Murnau’s silent film Sunrise and a performance of Ravel’s timeless Daphnis et Chloé by the RNCM Symphony Orchestra among the stand-out events.

  • 2. BBC Philharmonic: Szymanowski | Tchaikovsky at The Bridgewater Hall

    BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic: Tchaikovsky | Shostakovich | Ginastera at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 19 May 2018, from £12.00 - Book now

    Tasmin Little performs Karol Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto. Piercing, passionate, fiery and free, it’s arguably the first modern violin concerto, and makes tremendous demands on any soloist who chooses to take it on.

  • 3. Vivaldi Rocks at The Stoller Hall

    Bram van Sambeek by Andrew Rankin

    Vivaldi Rocks at The Stoller Hall, 31 May 2018, from £22 - Book now

    Hugo Ticciati combines Vivaldi Concertos with arrangements of music by Muse, Metallica and Dream Theatre – demonstrating that the Baroque composer’s work was just as raucous during his lifetime as anything today’s rock stars can offer.

  • 4. BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Concert Season

    BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Concert Season at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 24 September 2017–9 June 2018 - Visit now

    Millions of listeners enjoy BBC Philharmonic concerts on Radio 3, recorded or broadcast live from the outstanding acoustic of The Bridgewater Hall, making this orchestra one of the most widely heard in the country.

  • 5. The Bridgewater Hall

    The seats and stage in The Bridgewater Hall

    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.

  • 6. Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)


    Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9RD - Visit now

    The Royal Northern College of Music is both a music venue and an academic institution training up some of the country’s finest music students.

  • 7. Hallé St Peter’s

    Image of Halle St Peters from across Cutting Room Square in Ancoats, Manchester.
    Ben Williams

    Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6BF - Visit now

    Hallé St Peter’s is a deconsecrated Grade-II listed church, once a theatre prop store, then a knitting factory, before being restored and becoming home to the Hallé orchestra.

  • 8. Albert Hall

    Albert Hall on Peter street Manchester
    Image courtesy the Albert Hall.

    Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5QR - Visit now

    Manchester’s Albert Hall is an astounding Wesleyan Chapel turned live music venue, regularly hosting classical concerts.

  • 9. Manchester Cathedral

    Manchester Cathedral. Illustration by Simone Ridyard.

    Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX - Visit now

    Manchester Cathedral dates back to at least the 1400s and has been rebuilt many times. In current, striking form, it’s still a place of worship, but also host to regular gigs and events.

  • 10. The Stoller Hall

    Image by Chris Horkan

    The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA - Visit now

    Manchester’s new kid on the concert hall block, the Stoller Hall, opened its doors in April 2017 to further enhance the city’s already enviable live music provision.