Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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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 over the coming weeks and months, including the Northern Chamber Orchestra being joined by internationally-renowned British violinist Chloë Hanslip, their Artist in Association, on 5 December at The Stoller Hall. The venue, making up for last year’s snowed-in celebrations, has also announced its biggest ever festive season, brimming with tinsel-clad choirs, classical singers, big band spectaculars, family theatre and an artisan market. For something a little different, join Manchester Collective for a typically boundary-pushing programme of music by some of today’s most exciting composers, including a new work by Ben Nobuto.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Stoller Hall Christmas Season

    The Stoller Hall

    The Stoller Hall Christmas Season at The Stoller Hall, Manchester, Until 11 December 2021 - Book now

    Making up for last year’s snowed-in celebrations, The Stoller Hall has curated its biggest ever festive season, brimming with tinsel-clad choirs, classical singers, big band spectaculars, family theatre and an artisan market.

  • 2. Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal at The White Hotel

    Manchester Collective

    Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal at The White Hotel, Salford, 10 December 2021, from £10.00 - Book now

    Big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. A distortion pedal called the Ibanez Tube Screamer will make an appearance. This isn’t going to be your usual classical concert.

  • 3. Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip

    Chloë Hanslip
    Kaupo Kikkas

    Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip at The Stoller Hall, Manchester, 5 December 2021, from £5.50 - Book now

    Internationally-renowned British violinist Chloë Hanslip joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra for a concert of Shostakovich, Grieg, Elgar and Finzi at The Stoller Hall.

  • 4. Lunchtime piano recital: Ariel Lanyi at The Wesley Centre

    Chilli Hiu Lam Lo

    Lunchtime piano recital: Ariel Lanyi at The Wesley Centre - Harrogate, Bradford, 6 December 2021, from £10.00

    International pianist Ariel Lanyi performs a programme of Mozart and Beethoven in a lunchtime concert at The Wesley Centre in Harrogate.

  • 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. The Stoller Hall

    Image courtesy of the Stoller Hall

    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.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. 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.

  • 10. 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.

  • 11. 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.

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