Sunday 18 May 2014

Bridgewater Hall: The Halle. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Halle through music of the Americas, featuring performances of Bernstein’s Overture: Wonderful Town; Copland’s Rodeo: Dance Episodes; Ginastera’s Harp Concert; Berstein’s West Side Story: Symphonic Dances; and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Marie Leenhardt features on Harp. Tickets from £10.

Monday 19 May 2014

Royal Northern College of Music: War Correspondents. Stories and experiences of journalists and poets who have experienced war form a song cycle to create a theatrical event with humour and compassion. The realities of war are brought to life with singing, choreography, body percussion and personal stories. Choreographed by Olivier Award and Obie Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch). Tickets £12.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Chethams School of Music: The Baronial Hall at Chethams will host a free lunchtime concert (1.30pm)featuring Clementi’s Sonatine in C major and Sonatine in G Major (performed by Michael Greaves on piano); Rubbra’s Sonata in C for oboe and piano (featuring Maisie Ireland on oboe and Elena Nalimova on piano) and Faure’s Sonata No 1 (performed by Callum Smart on violin and Jennie-Helen Moston on piano). Free.

Bridgewater Hall: John Lill, CBE. As a part of John Lill’s series of eight recitals, during which he is performing all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, the 1970 Tchaikovsky Award winner will be performing Beethoven’s Op.14 No.1 in E; Op.31 No.1 in G; and Op.106 in B-flat ‘Hammerklavier’. In a preview at 6.30pm John Lill will be discussing the remaining four concerts in the cycle. Tickets from £15.

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Royal Northern College of Music: Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu. The First World Ward theme continues as RNCM alumna and 2012 Times Rising Star listed Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano) returns to the RNCM to perform alongside pianist James Baillieu with a setlist including Quilter’s Seven Elizabethan Lyrics Op 12 and Bridge’s Mary Coleridge Settings as well as songs and ballads by Elgar, Ivor Novello, Haydn Wood and others. Tickets £17.

Thursday 22 May 2014

Chethams School of Music: Upper Sixth Singers Leavers Recital. Another free lunchtime concert at Chethams finds the Upper Sixth Singers performing a stunning repertoire of music by Mozart, Haydn’ Grieg, Schubert and more. The concert will feature vocalists Josie Perry, Liam McNally, and Maisy-Flo Hepburn performing solo pieces, being accompanied by pianists Gemma Beeson, Martyn Parkes and Jennie-Helen Moston. Free.

Friday 23 May 2014

Bridgewater Hall: BBC Philharmonic. Sir Andrew Davis will be leading the BBC Philharmonic through performances of Haslingden-born Rawsthorne’s Overture ‘Street Corner’; Elgar’s Violin Concerto; and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.9. Tickets from £10.

Saturday 24 May 2014

Bridgewater Hall: Manchester Camerata. The Manchester Camerata returns to the Bridgewater Hall with a programme featuring Beethoven’s Triple Concerto op56; Laura Bowler’s World premiere – Dance of Death; and Beethoven’s Symphony no.5 op67. The concert marks the Camerata’s leader Giovanni Guzzo for the final time. Featured on the piano will be Benjamin Grosvenor who joins Guzzo and cellist Hannah Roberts for the Triple Concerto. Grosvenor is considered to be one of the most talented and respect pianists of the younger generation. Prior to the concert the Barbirolli Room will feature ‘REmix’ where young people from Greater Manchester will put a new spin on Beethoven through their own influences (6.30pm). Tickets from £11.

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