From a live organ accompaniment to a silent horror classic, via a legendary German chanteuse, to a symphony orchestra staple and an investigation of the science of music, the RNCM offers drama, emotion, intrigue and – above all – breathtaking performances this Autumn.
And with the annual New Music North West Festival returning to present over 20 world premieres across 20 events in the space of a week, we promise there is something for everyone this season.
Read on for our top picks…
Here are our picks
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers present a high-energy, post-apocalyptic performance unlike any other. Expect masked performers and perfect synchronisation on Japanese percussion instruments from this group, which formed in the mid-Nineties and has performed over 1,000 times around Europe.
Following on from the RNCM’s screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 2016, catch the 1925 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera – widely regarded as a masterpiece of silent horror – with a live organ accompaniment.
For its festive outing, the RNCM Opera performs Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s twist on the Cinderella fairytale, widely praised for its wit and humour. This dramatic production continues the RNCM’s year-long French Connections series.
A streamlined ensemble taken from the Chineke! Orchestra – which performed at this year’s BBC Proms despite only recently forming – this group is led by Tai Murray and features double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku. They tackle a programme featuring Beethoven and Joseph Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges).