Northern England’s leading classical musicians unite for a virtual concert

Chethams Symphony Orchestra

A string of Northern England’s leading classical musicians will united for a virtual concert marking the third birthday of Manchester’s Stoller Hall.  The event will showcase some of the best classical music performed in the north of England in recent years.

In an event hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter and Stoller Hall Artistic Director Tom Redmond, the free to all concert will feature musicians from Manchester Collective, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra.  The virtual concert will also feature global artists including the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Manchester Collective’s unique performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for The End of Time at The Stoller Hall is among the highlights, alongside a section of Manchester Camerata’s stunning Mozart series.

Celebrating The Stoller Hall’s links to Chetham’s School of Music, the concert includes Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, conducted by Franz Krager in February 2019, the last major orchestral performance at the hall before lockdown.

The concert includes some of the best performances ever staged in The Stoller Hall, alongside new interview footage with musicians who have played there.

Specially recorded conversations with artists, such as Manchester Collective’s Adam Szabo, are aired for the first time, revealing an insight into the full live music experience at The Stoller Hall, while the acousticians who helped create the venue reflect on its design.

The online concert will feature:

  • Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture,performed at The Stoller Hall 14 April 2020
  • Iyad – Khachaturian, Piano Sonata in Eb Mayor: II Andante,recorded at The Stoller Hall
  • Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra with members of the Halle– Stravinsky, The Firebird performed at The Stoller Hall 23 April 2017
  • Manchester Camerata – Mozart, Piano Concerto No, performed at The Stoller Hall
  • Manchester Collective – An Exploration of Messiaen’s Quartet for The End of Time,performed at The Stoller Hall December 2017
  • Manchester Camerata – Delius, Aquarelles for String Orchestra, performed at The Stoller Hall 17 January 2020. 
  • Northern Film Orchestra – The Adventure Continues – Mitchell Gibbs,recorded at The Stoller Hall 25 January 2020
  • Ben Holland – Kreisler, Scherzo-Caprice from Recitative und Scherzo-Caprice, recorded at The Stoller Hall

Speaking about the virtual concert, Stoller Hall Artistic Director Tom Redmond commented, “This new form of concert is something that just wouldn’t be possible in real life. Some of the very best classical performers – and performances – we have seen in the north of England in recent times, all brought together in one concert.

“The lockdown has changed our way of life like never before. We all miss our shared experiences. There is nothing quite like live music, up close.

“But we have seen incredible innovation from the musical community too. Musicians are coming together, collaborating remotely, and reaching out to audiences like never before.

“Music lives on in our hearts. Now it will ring out in our living rooms too.”

When does the virtual concert take place?

The virtual concert takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 5 May.  It will be streamed through The Stoller Hall’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Mark Kelly

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