Already firmly established within Manchester’s classical community, it is easy to forget that The Stoller Hall only opened in the spring of 2017.
Since then, the aesthetically (as well as audibly) pleasing concert hall has hosted a who’s who of the city’s stars and ensembles – Sir Mark Elder, Manchester Camerata and Chetham’s alumnus Murray McLachlan among them.
The venue has also shown its flexibility, welcoming folk darlings the Unthanks (with a chamber orchestra) and Americana stars Jesca Hoop and Joan as Police Woman (who plays on 24 April), as well as the likes of Laurie Anderson, Wayne McGregor and Underworld’s Karl Hyde – who took part in Manchester International Festival’s Interdependence conference.
Our recommendations for The Stoller Hall’s 2018 season begin with Chetham’s alumni Gwilym Simcock collaborating with the Northern Chamber Orchestra on 12 January. Manchester Collective then launches its new association as The Stoller Hall’s Ensemble in Residence with a selection of intense string quartets on 26 January, while British jazz legend Iain Ballamy directs Chetham’s Big Band on 14 February.
The esteemed Endellion String Quartet graces The Stoller Hall’s vast stage on 2 March, meanwhile, with Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Nina Bernstein Simmons presents a touching celebration of her father’s legacy on 16 April.
Here are our picks
Four gifted local musicians combined to perform music on the edge: featuring string quartets by Purcell, Beethoven, Janáček and Górecki. Now the Stoller Hall’s Ensemble in Residence, Manchester Collective hosts this and three other concerts at the venue in this season alone.
Over three decades into a wide-reaching career that has seen him feature on over 50 albums, decorated British jazz saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy heads to the Stoller Hall to direct Chetham’s Big Band through a series of his own compositions.
Now in its 38th year, the Endellion is without doubt one of the world’s most enduring and respected string quartets in the world. With enviable experience together, expect to hear a rare uniformity of thought from its members as they perform pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Webern and Brahms in the Stoller Hall.
Introduced and presented by Nina Bernstein Simmons, youngest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, this event features a recital of the 27 piano miniatures that make up the American’s ‘Anniversaries’, followed by a rare screening of the 2005 film A Total Embrace – itself a tribute to the late composer.