Looking ahead to the Autumn season, Manchester’s classical music calendar is filled to the brim with exciting concerts. Below, we select our top season highlights from the city’s major ensembles, orchestras and institutions.
This includes the BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season. Performing over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the orchestra is a tour de force across Manchester and its neighbouring cities, and their new season ranges from concert-hall rarities to established classics.
Similarly, we explore the The Hallé 2019-20 Season at The Stoller Hall. Ranking amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles, the Hallé will perform a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more at The Bridgewater Hall.
As part of The Stoller Hall’s own 2019-20 season, we write about Hannah James, a key figure in the recent revival of English percussive dance. Together with the JigDoll Ensemble, James will present a spellbinding song and dance experience at The Stoller Hall this October.
We also select our top five highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose theme, this year, is Migration. We particularly look forward to Poulenc’s dazzling opera, Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as Sirocco, a highly-celebrated concert by the electrifying Manchester Collective, who are The Stoller Hall’s ‘Ensemble in Residence’.
And speaking of electrifying ensembles, Psappha are the North of England’s only stand-alone, professional contemporary classical music ensemble, and they have some particularly exciting concerts on the near horizon. Taking place at St Michael’s, Lyric Suite will feature cutting edge contemporary works as well as radical works from the 20th Century’s leading visionaries.
Read about all of this and more in the guide below, where you’ll find our selection of the best upcoming classical music concerts in the north.
Here are our picks
Opening the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season, conductor John Wilson pairs light with darkness, sugar with spice, in a programme featuring one of the greatest British symphonies ever written: William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor.
The RNCM’s latest celluloid adventure: Alfred Hitchcock’s innovative Blackmail will be screened alongside a live improvised organ score.
The second concert in the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season is a wonderfully varied one. Spanning three centuries, the programme features fine works by Mahler, Mendelssohn and Jeffrey Mumford. Conducted by Joana Carneiro and starring pianist Denis Kozhukhin.
From a winter-gazing symphony by Tchaikovsky to an animal-inspired world premiere by Philip Grange, this BBC Philharmonic concert celebrates the many faces of nature.
From the grandiose to the delicate, this wide-ranging programme features two 19th century giants at the heights of their powers. Starring Sally Matthews, one of Britain’s finest sopranos.
Opening with a hair-raising Theremin Concerto and closing with a symphony which has for years divided opinion, here we have a delightfully off-kilter programme from the BBC Philharmonic.
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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.