Monday 20 April:

The Bridgewater Hall – London Philharmonic Orchestra and Alison Balsom: Songs of the Paradise Saloon.  Marios Papadopoulos conducts as Classic FM Award Winner Alison Balsom is featured on the trumpet during an evening of American-influenced music including Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon, which was adapted from Tovey’s opera The Inventor about a real-life 19th Century con-artist with a dive bar, jazz-infused feel.  Also being performed are Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Dvorak’s Symphony No 9 (from the New World).  Tickets £17.  7.30pm.


Wednesday 22 April:

Royal Northern College of Music – RNCM Brand New Orchestra.  Catch a glimpse of the future of music as current RNCM composers unveil their latest work for symphony orchestras in this free concert.  Piero Lombardi Iglesias, Harish Shankar and Jan Wierzba conduct.  Free, no ticket required.  7.30pm.


Thursday 23 April:

The Bridgewater Hall – The Halle.  Markus Stenz conducts and Simone Lamsma is featured on violin in a performance of Mendelssohn’s much-loved Violin Concerto in her return alongside the Halle following her excellent debut last season.  Also being performed are Mahler’s Symphony No 1 and Luciano Berio’s interpretation of Luigi Boccherini’s Ritirata notturna di Madrid.  Tickets £39 – £13.  7.30pm.  This concert will also take place on Wednesday 22 April at 2.15pm and Sunday 26 April at 7.30pm.


Friday 24 April:

The Martin Harris Centre – Beethoven Piano Recital.  In this lunchtime concert, Rory Dowse and Greg Reid explore Beethoven’s most accomplished and challenging work for solo piano with the performance set to include his Piano Sonata No 32.  Free.  1.10pm..


Saturday 25 April:

John Rylands Library – Poets and Players.  In the stunning surroundings of hte imposing John Rylands Library, Chetham’s musicians will join an afternoon of poetry and music as the Luanghvisut Quartet (Muang Luanghvisut, Peter Hartley, Yo-Zhou Zhang and Alasdair Robertson) take part alongside poets Melissa Lee-Houghton, Maria Isakova Bennett and John McAuliffe.  Free, but booking recommended (0161 838 7244).  2.30pm.


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