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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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