Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

We have some hotly anticipated gigs coming up in Manchester and the north over the next few months! The electrifying Ibibio Sound Machine are taking over YES for a whole weekend in March, before The Cinematic Orchestra bring their majestic fusion of jazz and electronica to Manchester Academy a week later. Then comes the somber soul of James Blake at Victoria Warehouse, which represents one of just three UK dates on the mercurial artist’s Assume Form tour. And on the rock side of the spectrum, you can catch grunge trio Our Girl at The Sacred Trinity, as well as an exciting collaboration between Moon Duo and AV ​artist Emmanuel Biard in a disused industrial warehouse in Salford.

We also have all of this to look forward to: Poppy Ackroyd, Nils FrahmThe OriellesJon HopkinsBeatrice Dillon and Keith Harrison, Olivia ChaneyÓlafur ArnaldsActressBoy HarsherThe Magic FluteKatya Kabanova, as well as The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi.

And there’s even more below.

Here are our picks

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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’.

Music 8 January–10 April 2019, from £5

RNCM Spring Season

The RNCM Spring Season has been announced, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.

Music 30 January–5 July 2019, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

It looks like 2019 is going to be a great year for The Stoller Hall, with some wonderful concerts coming up in its Spring Season.

Activity 23–24 February 2019, from £3

Manchester Vocal Weekend at The Stoller Hall

Over the final weekend of February, award winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth will lead the very first Manchester Vocal Weekend.

Music 23 February 2019, from £12.5

Schumann | Robin Holloway | Valentin Silvestrov at The Bridgewater Hall

The BBC Philharmonic celebrates Robin Holloway’s 75th birthday with a brand new work by the treasured English composer, given its world premiere by guest soloist Håkan Hardenberger. Also tonight, a rare performance of Valentin Silvestrov’s transcendent Fifth Symphony, one of the best-kept secrets in contemporary music.

Music 28 February 2019, from £14

The Hallé – Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé is joined by conductor Jamie Phillips for Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony, John Casken’s ‘Madonna of Silence’, and the centrepiece of the evening, Prokofiev’s ‘Fifth Symphony’.

Music 2 March 2019, from £15

RNCM Session Orchestra and Choir with Mario Jose at RNCM

Seasoned singer-songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and a true entertainer, Mario Jose will be returning to RNCM this March for a rare collaboration with the Session Orchestra.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Valentine’s ideas, hard-to-see queer cinema and the best in new releases — we’ve got it covered.

Kimsooja, To Breathe. Photo © Jaeho Chong

Exhibitions

Inspired by the meditative qualities of space and eastern notions of the Void, Kimsooja’s mesmerising installation at YSP’s historic chapel heads our top pick of exhibitions this month.

Big Up! Courtesy Theatre Rites / Helen Murray

Families

See Mer-folk in a Human Aquarium, experience Trouble at t’Mill and the world of nocturnal animals after dark. Then break all the rules in new show Big Up!

Writer Nicole Flattery.

Literature

Those darling buds are coming back to life in live literature land as 2019 gets properly underway, and we’ve plenty to look forward to – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

A Salford leisure centre, a city centre library and a Manchester museum – theatre can happen anywhere. Here’s our guide to the best performances popping up across Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

In this month’s roundup of best Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North, we highlight the pottery and craft workshops giving you some cathartic and creative opportunities to get making.

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Music 8 January–10 April 2019, from £5

RNCM Spring Season

Music 11 October 2018–22 May 2019,

The Hallé 2018-19 Season

Music 30 January–5 July 2019, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

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

BBC Philharmonic 2018/19 Concert Season

The Lowry - Spring Summer Season. Image courtesy of Ed Waring.
Festivals 1 January–11 May 2019,

The Lowry Spring Summer Season