Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

Before the year’s out, we have some great gigs and concerts to enjoy. Later this month, Manchester stalwarts The Mouse Outfit will be driving home for Christmas at Band on the Wall, whilst local lad Werkha will be playing a unique set across the road at The Loft. On the other side of the new year we have darkwave duo Boy Harsher, Songhoy Blues and Field Music to look forward to, as well as some exciting concerts at RNCM, one of which will be given by the inimitable trombonist Christian Lindberg. Scroll down for more.

Here are our picks

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Music 6 July 2018–31 December 2019, from £6

The Stoller Hall Autumn/Winter season

Manchester’s newest concert hall continues to push boundaries with its upcoming Autumn/Winter season – from a brand new audiovisual work to celebrate 100 years of votes for women to a one-off staging of a dark adaptation of A Christmas Carol, via a visit by the world-renowned Gould Trio and a year-long series celebrating outstanding pianists who studied at Chetham’s.

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

The RNCM Autumn Season is a showcase of originality, wherein a spotlight is shined on musical innovators from across the world.

bbc philharmonic 2018 2019 season at the bridgewater hall manchester
Music 29 September 2018–15 June 2019,

BBC Philharmonic 2018/19 Concert Season

Millions of listeners enjoy BBC Philharmonic concerts on Radio 3, recorded or broadcast live from the outstanding acoustic of The Bridgewater Hall, making this orchestra one of the most widely heard in the country.

Music 11 October 2018–22 May 2019,

The Hallé 2018-19 Season

We look forward to a truly exciting season of concerts from the Hallé, whose 2018-19 is filled with music that pinpoints vital moments in our cultural history, from Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ to Janáček’s ‘The Glagolitic Mass’.

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

Adapted from the cult film by Mel Brooks, The Royal Exchange are set to delight with their Christmas musical – The Producers.

Music 7–15 December 2018, from £21

RNCM Opera: Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi at RNCM

Featuring some of Puccini’s most famous arias, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are beautifully linked by a common thread – a tragic opera about death, followed by a witty farce that explores the same theme.

Words and Deeds: Nursing and Poetry
Activity 13 December 2018, FREE

Words and Deeds: Nursing and Poetry at the People’s History Museum

Join Audrey Arden-Jones in the People’s History Museum’s Radical Lates series where she’ll be performing poetry by female authors involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage.

Music 13–29 December 2018, from £15.50

The Hallé at Christmas

Nothing is more festive than The Hallé at Christmas. We are inching ever closer to that merry old time of year, and as usual the Hallé has a wonderful Christmas season lined up. Here are our top picks!

Cinema 15–16 December 2018, from £17.50

The Hallé – The Snowman at The Bridgewater Hall

Performing Howard Blake’s wonderful score, the Hallé will provide a live accompaniment for a screening of Raymond Briggs’ animated classic, The Snowman.

Culture Guides

Cinema

It’s almost that most wonderful time of the year and there’s all kinds of festive programming and counter-programming in the cinemas of Manchester and the North.

Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery

Exhibitions

Tubism, pottery, same-sex intimacy and art education; this month’s Exhibitions Guide has it all. (Even a tentative mention of Christmas.)

Families

Luminous adventures, festive fixes, Drag Queen Storytime and New Year’s Eve parties with nippers to book now for … look no further for the best things to do with kids.

Poet Andrew McMillan. Photo Ursula Soltys.

Literature

December sees some great events lined up for those readers who have been good this year – read on to find out about the live literature gifts we have wrapped up for you, and find out where to buy some Christmas presents of your own…

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Contemporary circus, slapstick comedy, burlesque and immersive dining. Our theatre guide spans the festive season and beyond.

Tours and Activities

This month we are highlighting some of the top multilingual tours and activities Manchester has to offer.

Things to do right now

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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

Music 11 October 2018–22 May 2019,

The Hallé 2018-19 Season

Music 6 July 2018–31 December 2019, from £6

The Stoller Hall Autumn/Winter season

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

bbc philharmonic 2018 2019 season at the bridgewater hall manchester
Music 29 September 2018–15 June 2019,

BBC Philharmonic 2018/19 Concert Season

Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall