An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – the BBC Philharmonic’s annual season at The Bridgewater Hall is the highlight of Manchester’s classical calendar.
From concert-hall rarities to established classics, this season features some wonderful programmes, a number of which will be presented by new Chief Conductor, Omer Meir Wellber.
With new music a key part of the orchestra’s mission, expect UK and world premieres from the likes of Philip Grange, Jeffrey Mumford, Kalevi Aho, Sofia Gubaidulina and Tom Coult.
We’ll also hear from the more traditional repertoire, with Beethoven shining particularly brightly this season. Marking 250 years since the composer’s birth, the orchestra is teaming up with the Hallé to perform all of Beethoven’s symphonies and a selection of his choral music.
Elsewhere, we’re looking forward to Walton’s quintessentially British Symphony No. 1, Mahler’s majestic Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s fiercely controversial Symphony No. 12, along with plenty more familiar favourites from the likes of Berlioz, Bruckner and Dvořák.
Read about all of these concerts below, in our guide to the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.
Here are our picks
Opening the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season, conductor John Wilson pairs light with darkness, sugar with spice, in a programme featuring one of the greatest British symphonies ever written: William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor.
The second concert in the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season is a wonderfully varied one. Spanning three centuries, the programme features fine works by Mahler, Mendelssohn and Jeffrey Mumford. Conducted by Joana Carneiro and starring pianist Denis Kozhukhin.
From a winter-gazing symphony by Tchaikovsky to an animal-inspired world premiere by Philip Grange, this BBC Philharmonic concert celebrates the many faces of nature.
From the grandiose to the delicate, this wide-ranging programme features two 19th century giants at the heights of their powers. Starring Sally Matthews, one of Britain’s finest sopranos.
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.