Sunday 15th February:

The Whitworth – Manchester Camerata. The Whitworth’s reopening celebrations close with the premiere of Whitworth Letters, composed by Laura Bowler, Manchester Camerata’s Composer-in-Residence 2013-2014.  The programme also includes Peter Maxwell Davies’ Fanfare for Lowry and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ String Quartet No 2 in A Minor.  Free.  5pm-6pm.


Monday 16th February:

Royal Northern College of Music – Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova and Itamar Doari.  Manchester Chamber Concerts Society present Avi Avital (mandolin), Ksenija Sidorova (accordian) and Itamar Doari (percussion) performing a fascinating programme which includes Traditional Balkan folk music, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Bloch’s Nigun from Baal Shem and Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango.  Tickets £25.  7.30pm.


Tuesday 17th February:

Manchester Cathedral – Chetham’s Sinfonia and Ensembles.  The second in a series of three concerts featuring Glazunov’s The Seasons sees Chetham’s Sinfonia performing Winter.  Also taking part in the concert are Chetham’s Wind Band and Saxophone Choir.  Tickets £10 (£4 concessions).  7.30pm.


Thursday 19th February:

Bridgewater Hall – The Halle.  Sir Mark Elder conducts the Halle through a performance of Haydn’s magnificent Nelson Mass.  Also being performed are Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 .  The Halle Choir is features as well as the vocal talents of Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Ann Taylor (mezzo-soprano), David Butt Philip (tenor) and Jihoon Kim (bass).  Tickets £41-£13.  7.30pm.


Friday 20th February:

Royal Northern College of Music – Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra.  Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra performs a concert marking the centenary of the First World War and featuring the music of George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who were both involved in the hostilities.  The concert will also feature the illustrative work of James Mayhew who will create and project live images during the performance.  The programme includes Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No 3 ‘A Postoral Symphony’.  Tickets £18, £14, £6 (concessions).  7.30pm.

Royal Northern College of Music – Troyka.  Jazz-rock trio Troyka perform at the RNCM following recent sets at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Latitute, Elb Jazz Festival and many more appearances.  Troyka features Montreux Jazz Festival prizewinner Chris Montague on guitar and loops, Joshua Blackmore on drums and Mercury Music Prize nominee and BBC Award Winner Kit Downes on keyboards.  Tickets £12.  7.30pm.


Saturday 21st February:

Bridgewater Hall – BBC Philharmonic: The Lark Ascending.   John Storgards conducts as the BBC Philharmonic presents Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (regularly voted as one of Britain’s best loved pieces of classical music) alongside Delius’ Violin Concerto, during which Guy Braunstein is featured on violin, and Grieg’s Lyric Suite.  Tickets £37-£12.  7.30pm.





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