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
PRiSM, which investigates the connection between science and music, poses the question: ‘What does maths sound like?’ This unusual event features five short movements for string quartet, plus the launch of a new app to match maths to musical fragments.
Legendary German singer and actress Ute Lemper brings her celebrated show Last Tango in Berlin: The Best of Ute to Manchester. Expect to be taken to Berlin, Paris and Buenos Aires on a musical journey featuring the songs of Brecht, Weill, Piaf, Brel and Piazzolla.
The RNCM Big Band is joined by jazz singer Tina May and violinist Chris Garrick for a Gallic-inspired programme featuring a tribute to Édith Piaf plus Hot Club de France tunes, Michel Legrand classics and more.
For its major outing this autumn, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra takes on Stravinsky’s avant-garde masterpiece, The Rite of Spring. With a programme that also features Messiaen and Martinů, and ticket prices capped at £5, we recommend booking early.
Following their sold out show at Manchester International Festival, the Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet return to the RNCM with a new album in tow. Expect elements of jazz, electronica, minimalism, post-rock and more from the four-piece, marking 10 years since their debut on the scene.
Since 2013, New Music North West has grown to become the largest, most exciting festival of new British music. Featuring Mark-Anthony Turnage, the BBC Philharmonic, Psappha, Ebonit Saxophone Quartet, the Vonnegut Collective and Animikii Theatre, this year continues to celebrate the region’s creative talent.
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).