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 in the coming weeks and months, including two exciting evenings with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall. The first, on the 26 September, will see the orchestra joined by Scottish pianist Steven Osborne for a glittering programme of Beethoven and James Manson. On 5 December, meanwhile, the NCO will perform Shostakovich, Grieg, Elgar and Finzi, sharing the stage with violinist Chloë Hanslip, the orchestra’s Artist in Association.

We also can’t wait to watch Mammal Hands at The Stoller Hall. The unconventional trio draw from a melting pot of influences, from electronica to contemporary classical, North Indian to folk, stirring these styles up to create one that’s decidedly their own. And speaking of stirring up styles, veteran of the German deep house scene, Henrik Schwarz will collaborate with award-winning Dutch ensemble, Alma String Quartet at Manchester’s newest venue, The Blues Kitchen – high on our list of September concerts.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Mammal Hands at The Stoller Hall

    Mammal Hands

    Mammal Hands at The Stoller Hall, Manchester, 28 September 2021, from £20 - Book now

    Unconventional jazz trio Mammal Hands make achingly powerful music whose ebbs and flows will take you on a cathartic journey at The Stoller Hall.

  • 2. Henrik Schwarz & Alma Quartet at The Blues Kitchen

    Katja Ruge

    Henrik Schwarz & Alma Quartet at The Blues Kitchen Manchester, Manchester, 30 September 2021, from £25 - Book now

    German producer Henrik Schwarz collaborates with Dutch string ensemble Alma Quartet, uniting the worlds of classical and electronic music.

  • 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

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

  • 4. 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.

  • 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)

    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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