Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

Looking ahead to Manchester’s Autumn gig calendar, there’s so much to look forward to. Top of our list is the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, Richard Dawson. He’s playing at RNCM in support of his incredible (trust us) forthcoming album, 2020, which documents a country in disarray.

Julia Jacklin is also high on our list. The Sydney singer-songwriter is aligning herself with Angel Olson and Sharon Van Etten at the vanguard of a new wave of Australian confessional songwriting, and will play at Gorilla in support of her superb album Crushing.

Vanguards of their own genre (and it really is their own), Portico Quartet will incorporate jazz, electronica, minimalism, dub and more at Gorilla, where they’ll perform music from their highly acclaimed summer album Memory Streams.

From vanguards to pioneers, ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür was part of a group that established electronica worldwide. At YES this November, he’ll present a unique audio and visual experience, pairing solo material with older treasures.

With plenty more to look forward to, check out our full music guide below to discover what else in store for Manchester this Autumn.

Here are our picks

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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.

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Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

Jazz at the Deli llama

Every Thursday join some of Manchester’s freshest players, for Jazz at the Deli Llama, a cosy deli on a corner in Salford that comes alive with vibes.

Classical Music 19 September 2019–30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.

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Classical Music 21 September 2019–13 June 2020,

BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season

An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.

Music 15 October 2019, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm, from £5

Manchester Collective ‘Sirocco’ at RNCM

Back by popular demand, Manchester Collective’s Sirocco celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe.

Music 15 October–12 December 2019, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

From concerts to film screenings to operas, we select our top 5 highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose thematic focus is Migration.

Music 16–20 October 2019, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2019

Home to the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Manchester Folk Festival is back with another joyous celebration of the best in English folk.

Music 17 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm, from £14

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Blackmail’ with live score at RNCM

The RNCM’s latest celluloid adventure: Alfred Hitchcock’s innovative Blackmail will be screened alongside a live improvised organ score.

Music 18 October 2019, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm, from £16

The Breath at Gorilla

Singer Ríoghnach Connolly and guitarist Stuart McCallum are bringing their heavy-hearted folk project to Manchester’s Gorilla this October, and we can’t wait.

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