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The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Johnny James, Music Editor

It looks like 2019 is going to be a great year for The Stoller Hall. With Chetham’s School of Music currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, there are some very special concerts on spring’s verdant horizon. These include a one-off performance of Gustav Mahler’s colossal Symphony No. 8, in which Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra will combine forces with friends from around the world in order to realise Mahler’s vision of “the whole universe ringing and resounding”. More celebrations come in the form of Striking Gold, a year-long series of concerts given by internationally-renowned pianists who once studied at the school. And then there’s the Manchester Vocal Weekend –  two days of wonderful vocal performances and events led by award winning baritone, Marcus Farnsworth.

Other exciting events include This Woman’s Work, a musical celebration of Clara Schumann’s life and legacy. Taking place on International Women’s Day, This Woman’s Work is the centrepiece of a wider project of the same name which celebrates the vital role of women in music. And talking of strong female voices, Olivia Chaney will be performing at The Stoller Hall in March, following the release of her massively acclaimed 2018 album, Shelter. The Chetham’s trained singer and multi-instrumentalist is an ever-rising star in the folk world, and with her recent live performances championed by fans and critics alike, this promises to be a very special show.

With so many great events to look forward to, it’s tricky to choose between them. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide. It’s filled with our top picks from The Stoller Hall’s Spring Season, and will give you all the information you need on each concert!

Here are our picks

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Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

HOME at Christmas
Festivals 13 December 2017–20 January 2019,

HOME at Christmas

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth
Families 19 January–9 February 2019, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth