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
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.
The Hallé will be joined by Paul Lewis, one of the country’s most distinguished artists, for a dazzling programme in which he directs from the piano.
The Hallé performs a varied programme of Grazyna Bacewicz, Aaron Copland and Dmitri Shostakovich under the baton of new Assistant Conductor, Delyana Lazarova.
The Hallé is joined by Stephen Hough for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, before the world premiere of Huw Watkins’ Second Symphony.
Sir Mark Elder conducts a staged performance of Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Olivier Award winner Annabel Arden.
VIRTUALLYREALITY is an artist led events series that brings the work of multimedia artists from around the world to Manchester. Their latest series of online performance, workshops and installation is definitely not to be missed.
Back with a bang, The Deaf Institute presents five weeks of socially distanced fun, featuring DJ sets, record label takeovers and screenings.
This Summer, The Untold Orchestra are packing six of their renowned ‘icon’ shows into eight dates at Escape to Freight Island.
My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.
Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.