200 of the UK’s best young musicians will feature in an epic one-off Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

The event marks the end of their current musical education at Chetham’s School of Music for many before they head off to take up places at leading conservatoires and universities.

The one-night-only concert is conducted by Ben Palmer.  It will feature a programme including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, a piece of music so ground-breaking it caused a riot at its 1913 premiere); alongside Urban Fox, composed by Ben Palmer himself specifically for the students of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra; Vaughan-Williams’ Toward The Unknown Region; and Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D MajorViolin Concerto in D Major will feature sixyj form student Jordan Brooks performing the violin solo.

Composer and Conductor Ben Palmer is Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt, Founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia, one of London’s most innovative and dynamic chamber orchestras, and, from January 2022, Chief Conductor of the Babylon Orchester Berlin. He is a regular guest with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 conducting the BBC Singers and the BBC orchestras.

Tom Redmond, Joint Principal and Director of Music at Chetham’s, said, “After two years of pandemic and a limited capacity socially-distanced audience this time last year, we’re looking forward to seeing a packed out Bridgewater Hall this July. It’s a spectacular chance to see more than 200 of the best young musicians in the UK perform in one of the finest concert halls in the world.”

Chethams Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at the Bridgewater Hall

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at the Bridgewater Hall

When does Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra perform at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall?

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra performs at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Friday 8 July 2022.

image of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra courtesy Sara Porter