Sunday 22 March:

Chetham’s School of Music – Music and Manuscript.  A rare opportunity to experience the musical wonders of Chetham’s historic library – featuring an exhibition of many of its musical treasures, some of which will also be performed.  Tickets £6 (free to National Trust members).  2.30 – 3.30pm.

Royal Northern College of Music – RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Mahler 2.  As part of the RNCM Big Weekender, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’, a symphony which took over six years to complete.  RNCM alumna Jane Irsin (soprano) and Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) will guest.  Jac van Steen conducts.  Tickets £10.  5pm.


Monday 23 March:

Royal Exchange Theatre – Songlines Performance.  Returning for the fifth year, participants from Songlines perform the works they have put together over the spring term.  Run in partnership by Manchester Camerata and the Royal Exchange Theatre and supported by BBC Children In Need, Investec and the National Foundation for Youth Music, Songlines provides children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other challenging circumstances with the opportunity to explore music, art and drama, giving them the opportunity to create their own performance.  6.00pm.


Thursday 26 March:

Bridgewater Hall – The Halle.  Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts and Denis Kozhukhim is featured on piano as the Halle performs three magnificent pieces – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Sibelius’ Symphony No 1.  Tickets £39-£13.  7.30pm.  The concert will also be performed on Wednesday 25 March at 2.15pm and Sunday 29 March at 7.30pm.


Friday 27 March:

Royal Northern College of Music – Radio 2 Young Brass Award – The Final.  The nationwide search for the next brass star comes to its conclusion on Radio 2 as the finalists meet at the RNCM, playing for the title.  The evening will be presented by Ken Bruce and Frank Renton and will also feature performances by The Grimethorpe Colliery Band.  Free.  8.00pm.


Saturday 28 March:

Chetham’s School of Music – Chetham’s Big Band and Jazz Emsmbles.   The ever popular Chetham’s Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles get set to put on a night featuring the sounds of the Big Band jazz era alongside more contemporary arrangements.  Tickets £10 / £8.  2.00pm.

Bridgewater Hall – Manchester Concert Orchestra.  A feast of some of the most popular and well known of the classics will be performed by Manchester Concert Orchestra, featuring Anthony Flaum (tenor), Richard Morrison (baritone) and Thomas Gould (violin), whilst John Pryce-Jones conducts.  The programme will include Sibelius’ Finlandia, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Bizet’s March of the Toreadors from Carmen, Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz.  Tickets £41.50-£16.50.  7.30pm.


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