Sunday 21 September:

Royal Northern College of Music – Claire Martin with the Montpellier Cello Quartet. Jazz vocalist and Claire Martin OBE teams up with the Montpellier Cello Quartet to perform popular jazz classics and American greats with brand new arrangements by the likes of Sir Richard Rodney Bennet and Django Bates.  Expect songs such as Kurt Weills’ My Ship and Gershwin’s My Man’s Gone Now. Tickets £20.  7.30pm


Monday 22 September:

Chetham’s School of Music – Lunchtime Concert.  Chetham’s lunchtime concert series commences with this free event featuring Julianna Antczak on cello and Martyn Parkes on piano performing Paradis’ Sicilienne and Sain-Saens Allegro Appassionato; Geordie Campbell on piano performing Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien; and James Arnold on piano performing Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2.  Free.  1.30pm.


Thursday 25 September:

Royal Northern College of Music – Madame X. Tim Benjamin’s new opera is performed at the RNCM.  Taking inspiration from the Italian operas of Handel and Jacobean revent dramas, tinged with black humour, passion and obsession it tells the story of immigrants Masetto (an artist) and Zerlina struggling to make ends meet and exploited by agents and collectors.  Tickets £12.  7.30pm

Martin Harris Centre – Piano 4 Hands: Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa.  This free lunchtime concert at the University of Manchester’s Martin Harris Centre sees the international duo Piano 4 Hands perform Poulenc’s Sonata for Two Pianos, Dai Fujikura’s 3 Miniatures for Two Pianos and Jon McCabe’s Basse Danse.  Free. 1.10pm


Saturday 27 September:

Bridgeweater Hall – BBC Philharmonic Beethoven Explored.  The BBC Philharmonic performs Beethoven’s Symphony No 4 and Symphony No 9.  Juanjo Mena conducts and is joined by Rebecca Evans (soprano), Clara Mouriz (mezzo soprano), John Daszak (tenor) Alastair Miles (bass) and the CBSO chorus.  There is also a preview event at 6.30pm featuring Juanjo Mena in conversation with the BBC Philharmonic General Manager Simon Webb.  Tickets £37-12.  7.30pm.



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