Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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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.

As a venue that prides itself on sustainable practices, 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, and getting us thinking about everything from climate change to our relationship with the animal kingdom. Read our highlights from that programme below, as well as our full preview about the venue’s first ever Manchester Guitar Festival.

The RNCM has got a brilliantly eclectic Summer Season lined up. An early highlight is the three-day celebration of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Another is the RNCM Children’s Opera’s adaptation of The Secret GardenRead our top ten picks of the season here.

And if that’s not enough, the Northern Chamber Orchestra continues its 2021-22 season with a stunning concert with Craig Ogden, one of the finest guitarists of his generation, with whom the orchestra will present a wide-ranging Anglo-Australian programme.

Read about all this and more below.

Here are our picks

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Interruptions: Sounds – Online with Holden Gallery, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 5 August 2022, FREE

Interruptions: Sounds – Online with The Holden Gallery, Manchester

‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.

Music 24 May 2022 7:30 pm, from £15.00

Suuns at Brudenell Social Club

Experimental rock trio Suuns blend aspects of dissonant art rock, dark electro and indie rock. Catch them live at the Brudenell.

Music 25 May 2022 7:30 pm, from £11.00

The Royston Club at Fulford Arms

At York’s Fulford Arms, The Royston Club will perform a youthfully vigorous show with hints of melancholy, full of earworms that stick fast.

Music 26 May 2022 7:30 pm, from £29.50

The Magic of Motown at The Victoria Theatre

Disco fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as The Magic of Motown brings the sound of a generation to The Victoria Theatre!

Music 28–29 May 2022, from £66.45

Neighbourhood Weekender 2022

Warrington’s Neighbourhood Weekender: one of the most hotly-anticipated weekends in the diary for fans of heavyweight, best-mate-on-your-shoulders indie.

Music 29 May 2022 7:00 pm, from £15.75

Adam Green at The Deaf Institute

Cult songwriter, filmmaker, artist and poet Adam Green is bringing his whimsical antifolk to The Deaf Institute this May.

Music 31 May 2022 7:00 pm, from £28.50

The Unthanks at York Barbican

The Unthanks will return to live touring after 2 years off the road to present their forthcoming new album, Sorrows Away at York Barbican.

Music 31 May 2022 7:00 pm, from £13.00

Amyl and The Sniffers at Albert Hall

Punk animals Amyl and The Sniffers have risen up from the sticky carpets of Melbourne’s underground music scene to storm the world stage.

Music 1–10 June 2022, from £15.00

Opera North’s Parsifal at Leeds Grand Theatre

Parsifal – Wagner’s final opera expressing his ‘farewell to the world’ comes to Leeds Grand Theatre this June.

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