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RNCM Autumn Season

Johnny James, Managing Editor

This year sees the RNCM celebrate its 50th anniversary. 50 years if incredible concerts, 50 years of world-leading research, 50 years of inspiring classical music’s leading lights. To kickstart the celebrations, the College has a huge Autumn Season in the works, packed with awe-inspiring talent and typically thrilling programming.

Our highlights kick off with Elizabeth Llewellyn, one of the leading sopranos of her generation. Along with pianist Simon Lepper, she’s performing a programme of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor songs alongside hidden gems and old favourites by Puccini, Brahms, Mahler and Charles Villiers-Stanford.

Next it’s one of the most sought-after pianists in Britain, Steven Osborne, who received an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to music and contribution to UK cultural life. Expect a concert of glittering solo piano music by Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninov and Osborne himself.

Deeper into November, the internationally celebrated Elias String Quartet will return to the RNCM to perform works by Haydyn, Beethoven and Sally Beamish, following the ensemble’s announcement as Artists in Residence at the College.

All before the RNCM Symphony Orchestra’s big moment, as they perform Mahler’s 10th Symphony – the composer’s final gift to the world, which emerged from the height of his prowess and depth of his personal life.

Finally, in December the College hosts opera’s biggest party: Strauss’ rip-roaring comedy Die Fledermaus (The Bat), filled with deceit, betrayal, and champagne. Lots of champagne.

Read more about each of these events below, in our top five picks from the season.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano) at RNCM

    Frances Marshall

    Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano) at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 11 October 2022, from £9.00 - Book now

    Elizabeth Llewellyn’s distinct artistry and smoky timbre set her apart as one of the leading sopranos of her generation. Following her lauded album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, she joins pianist Simon Lepper for a programme that takes in many of those songs, plus hidden gems and old favourites by Puccini, Brahms, Mahler and Charles Villiers-Stanford.

  • 2. Steven Osborne (piano) at RNCM

    Ben Ealovega Field

    Steven Osborne (piano) at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 26 October 2022, from £9.00 - Book now

    Described by The Observer as “always a player in absolute service to the composer”, Steven Osborne gives a rare performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor alongside before Schubert’s lyrical, occasionally tempestuous Piano Sonata No 20 in A major – plus two more glittering works by Beethoven and Osborne himself.

  • 3. Elias String Quartet at RNCM

    RNCM

    Elias String Quartet at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 21 November 2022, from £9.00 - Book now

    Formed at the RNCM in 1998, Elias String Quartet are one of the leading quartets of their generation, praised for their intense and vibrant performances. They return to the RNCM to perform works by Haydyn, Beamish and Beethoven, following their announcement as Artists in Residence at the College.

  • 4. RNCM Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No 10 at RNCM

    Robin Clewley

    RNCM Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No 10 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 4 November 2022, from £7.50 - Book now

    Out of the height of his compositional prowess and depth of his personal life comes Mahler’s 10th Symphony, which the RNCM Symphony Orchestra will bring to vivid life alongside Steven Stucky’s adaptation of Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary.

  • 5. RNCM Opera: Die Fledermaus at RNCM

    RNCM

    RNCM Opera: Die Fledermaus at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 10–17 December 2022, from £12.50 - Book now

    Oozing wit and bursting with the composer’s signature waltzes and polkas, Fie Fledermaus is Viennese operetta at its best, and a great choice from the RNCM Opera, whose performance promises to be a highlight of the College’s Autumn Season.

Things to do right now

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Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

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Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

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Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

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Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

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Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House