Classical Music in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

After a dormant year for live classical music, venues across Manchester and the north are beginning to welcome ensembles back to their stages, and audiences back to their seats. Here we round up the socially distanced concerts that we’re most looking forward in the coming weeks and months, including the Hallé’s Summer Season at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Collective’s Dark Days, Luminous Nights residency at The White Hotel.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Hallé Summer Season 2021 at The Bridgewater Hall

    The Hallé

    The Hallé Summer Season 2021 at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, Until 22 July 2021, from £18.50 - Book now

    We are delighted to welcome the Hallé back to the stage for a Winter Season packed with world premieres, Manchester originals, the familiar and the new.

  • 2. NQ Jazz Live

    NQ Jazz Live at The Stoller Hall, Manchester and online, Until 4 October 2021 - Book now

    A massive programme of live jazz music, spanning venues across Manchester, has been announced as part of a collaborative series by NQ Jazz, The Stoller Hall and The Yard.

  • 3. Björk Orkestral – Live From Reykjavík

    Björk
    Björk

    Björk Orkestral – Live From Reykjavík, 29 August–19 September 2021, from £15 - Book now

    Icelandic pop icon Björk is live-streaming a four-part series of concerts, showcasing new orchestral arrangements of songs spanning her entire career.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

    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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. 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.

  • 10. 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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