The Bridgewater Hall. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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Classical music in Manchester and Northern cities is thriving. Breaking boundaries and reaching new audiences, the classical music scene has had a real shake up. We preview the standout classical venues and events from across Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. RNCM Big Band with Bart van Lier at the RNCM Theatre

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    RNCM Big Band with Bart van Lier at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 28 June 2018, from £15 - Book now

    The RNCM’s Big Band collaborates and performs with legendary jazz improviser Bart van Lier, principal trombonist with the Metropole Orkest, for its major summer concert. As well as work by van Lier, the programme features pieces by Bill Holman, Jerome Kern and Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.

  • 2. RNCM Symphony Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall

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    RNCM Symphony Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 29 June 2018, from £15.00 - Find Out More

    The RNCM Symphony Orchestra returns to The Bridgewater Hall for a programme that features Ravel’s timeless drama Daphnis et Chloé, plus Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto and Ambroise Thomas’ 1866-penned Mignon Overture – all under the baton of French conductor and violinist Yan Pascal Tortelier.

  • 3. Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: The Planets at The Bridgewater Hall

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    Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: The Planets at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 6 July 2018, from £20 - Book now

    Relocating to the Bridgewater Hall for this season-opening concert, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra tackles Holst’s crowd-pleasing imagining of the sounds of the universe. The programme also includes Elgar’s The Music Makers – a fitting ode to the importance of art in society – featuring the school’s combined choruses.

  • 4. Manchester Jazz Festival: Winstone/Gesing/Venier at the RNCM Concert Hall

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    Manchester Jazz Festival: Winstone/Gesing/Venier at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 27 July 2018, from £18 - Book now

    Jazz vocalist Norma Winstone visits the RNCM as part of Manchester Jazz Festival this July. To mark the recent release of Descansado – Songs For Films, she will perform personal interpretations of soundtrack music by the likes of Michel Legrand and Ennio Morricone, backed by her trio’s pianist and reed player.

  • 5. Carpe Vitam world premiere at The Stoller Hall

    Carpe Vitam world premiere at The Stoller Hall, 15 November 2018, from £14.17 - Book now

    This new audiovisual work marks 100 years of votes for women with live video, electronic and acoustic music and Chetham’s Chamber Choir. The concert also features a discussion of the making of Carpe Vitam, plus The Pankhurst Anthem – based on words by Emmeline Pankhurst – and other vocal works, performed by the choir.

  • 6. A Christmas Carol at The Stoller Hall

    A Christmas Carol at The Stoller Hall, 15 December 2018, from £26.16 - Book now

    Neil Brand’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive classic gives it a dark and atmospheric twist – helped along by Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Chamber Choir and actors from Manchester School of Theatre. The leading role of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Timothy West for this one-off staging.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

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    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.

  • 9. The Stoller Hall

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    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.

  • 10. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BP - Visit now

    The 1930s Art Deco Philharmonic Hall, home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, gives no hint of the sensuous curves of the auditorium inside from its hard exterior.

  • 11. Hallé St Peter’s

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

  • 12. Albert Hall

    Albert Hall on Peter street Manchester
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    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.

  • 13. 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.