Wednesday 28th January:

Royal Northern College of Music – RNCM Opera Scenes. RNCM singers perform a range of scenes from operas by composers including Mozart, Britten, Smetana and Offenbach.  Free.  6.00pm.


Thursday 29th January:

Bridgewater Hall – The Halle.  Former principal conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski returns for this performance of Weber’s Overture: Der Freischutz, Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.  Tickets £39-13.  7.30pm.  This concert will also take place on Wednesday 28th January at 2.15pm and Sunday 1st February at 7.30pm.

Martin Harris Centre – MUMS Opera: Acis and Galatea.  With Martin Harris Centre’s new season open, Manchester University Music Society put on their first performances of 2015 with two nights of Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea, telling the story of the half-divine Galatea and her love for the shepherd Acis, threatened by the monstrous Polyphemus.  Tickets £10.50/£6.50/£3.  7.30pm.  A performance will also take place on Saturday 31st January at 7.30pm.


Friday 30th January:

Royal Northern College of Music – RNCM Chamber Orchestra.  The RNCM Chamber Orchestra performs its first concert of the year, featuring Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 in A minor.  Yoon-Jee Kim and Jackie Jaekyung Yoo are featured on piano, whilst Piero Lombardi Iglesias conducts.  Tickets £15.  7.30pm.

Manchester Cathedral – Manchester Camerata.  Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts and Adi Brett is featured on violin as Manchester Camerata perform Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings ‘Basel Concerto’, Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major, Mozart’s Divertimento in F and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C Major.  There will also be a pre-concert talk at 6.45 as Gabor Takacs-Nagy discusses Tchaikovsky.  Tickets £34-£12.  7.30pm.


Saturday 31st January:

Chetham’s School of Music – Brass and Percussion Concert.  Chetham’s Brass and Percussion students take part in a concert featuring Chetham’s Brass Band, Symphonic Brass Ensembles and the Percussion Ensemble.  Tickets £5/£4.  2.30pm.

Bridgewater Hall – BBC Philharmonic: Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.  The BBC Philharmonic perform Saint-Saens’grand Symphony No. 3.  Also being performed are Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2.  The event will also include a preview at 6.30pm as Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzets discuss their collaborations with the BBC Philharmonic General Manager.  Tickets £37-£12.  7.30pm.

Royal Northern College of Music – John Wilson Piano Spectacular III.  An extravaganza which will see internationally renowned pianists including John Wilson, Keith Swallow and Peter Donohoe join forces and eight grand pianos on stage in this concert which aims to raise funds to support and enable talented pianists to learn and perfect the art of accompaniment.  Classic FM presenter John Brunning is set to compere an evening which will feature the music of Chopin, Liszt, Saint-Saens and an improvisation by Harry Harris.  More details here.  Tickets from £17.50.  7.00pm.


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