Looking ahead to the Autumn season, Manchester’s classical music calendar is filled to the brim with exciting concerts. Below, we select our top season highlights from the city’s major ensembles, orchestras and institutions.
This includes the BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season. Performing over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the orchestra is a tour de force across Manchester and its neighbouring cities, and their new season ranges from concert-hall rarities to established classics.
We also explore The Hallé 2019-20 Season. Ranking amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles, the Hallé will perform a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more at The Bridgewater Hall.
Onto The Stoller Hall’s 2019-20 season, we write about Hannah James, a key figure in the recent revival of English percussive dance. We also write about a range of classical concerts, with highlights including pianist Paul Lewis and violinist Jennifer Pike. Finally explore the exciting upcoming season from the venue’s ‘Orchestra In Association’: the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
Next, we select our top five highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose theme, this year, is Migration. We particularly look forward to Poulenc’s dazzling opera, Dialogues des Carmélites as well as Sirocco, a highly-celebrated concert by the electrifying Manchester Collective, who are The Stoller Hall’s ‘Ensemble in Residence’.
And speaking of electrifying ensembles, Psappha are the North of England’s only stand-alone, professional contemporary classical music ensemble, and they have some particularly exciting concerts on the near horizon. Taking place at St Michael’s, Lyric Suite will feature cutting edge contemporary works as well as radical works from the 20th Century’s leading visionaries.
Read about all of this and more in the guide below, where you’ll find our selection of the best upcoming classical music concerts in the north.
Here are our picks
Opening with a hair-raising Theremin Concerto and closing with a symphony which has for years divided opinion, here we have a delightfully off-kilter programme from the BBC Philharmonic.
Featuring a frolicsome ballet score by Milhaud as well as Prokofiev’s vivacious Seventh, this BBC Philharmonic concert promises to be particularly joyous.
Omer Meir Wellber’s first Bridgewater Hall concert as the BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor is set to be a great one, featuring works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Bruckner.
Film Concerts Live! is proud to present Skyfall in Concert, the second instalment in the James Bond Concert Series, produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM).
Bookended by two wild works by Anna Clyne and Berlioz and featuring Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, this BBC Philharmonic concert promises to dazzle.
The BBC Philharmonic presents two Eastern European masterpieces as well as an epic symphony by Myaskovsky. Starring acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little OBE.
In the first of five concerts celebrating 250 years of Beethoven, the BBC Philharmonic will present the ‘Eroica’ symphony as well as two relative rarities.
From Beethoven’s defiantly optimistic Seventh Symphony to two works marking lost lives, get ready for a BBC Philharmonic concert full of emotional extremes.
Bridging church and concert hall better than almost any other work, Beethoven’s Mass in C major features alongside his Fourth Symphony in this BBC Philharmonic concert.
The BBC Philharmonic is joined by the Hallé in a joint celebration of Beethoven, which sees Sir Mark Elder return to the podium for one night only.
Dedicated to the natural world, this BBC Philharmonic concert features familiar works by Sibelius, Debussy and Respighi, and a new commission by Tom Coult.
A work of towering proportions, and yet an intimate statement of religious faith. Beethoven’s Missa solemnis will be extraordinary at 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.