Tuesday 5 May:

Royal Northern College of Music – Rarescale.  Contemporary chamber music ensemble Rarescale brings its international reputation, particularly for alto and bass flute work, to the RNCM with a concert featuring world premieres of Paul Goodey’s At the Speed of Days and Nights and Adam Gorb’s new work  Tickets £6.  7.30pm.

Thursday 7 May:

Bridgewater Hall – The Halle.  Markus Stenz conducts and Lynsey Marsh (clarinet) and Gareth Small (trumpet) are featured during a performance of Helen Grime’s Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet, the premiere of a new work written specifically with Marsh and Small in mind.  The concert will also feature Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, inspired by the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson  and Oldham-born William Walton’s dramatic and intense First Symphony.  Tickets £41-£13.  7.30pm.

Friday 8 May:

Chetham’s School of Music – Masterclass: Shmuel Ashkenasi.  As part of Chetham’s series of masterclasses, Chetham’s presents a public chamber music masterclass by pedagogue Shmuel Ashkenasi, the founder and first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet throughout its 39-year career,  on violin and chamber music.  Violinist Ashkenasi has performed as a soloist with many world leading orchestras and has been the choice of many of the world’s most renowned conductors.  Free.  6.30pm.

Martin Harris Centre – Quatuor Danel Evening Concert.  The Quatuor Danel conclude their tenth season at the University of Manchester’s Martin Harris Centre, this time performing Tchaikovsky’s Movement in B flat, Schubert’s Quartet No 13 in A minor and Tchaikovsky’s Sextet in D ‘Souvernir de Florence’.  Quatuor Danel will be joined by Vladimir Bukac and Petr Prause of the Talich Quartet.  Tickets £14 / £9 / £3.  7.30pm.

Royal Northern College of Music – Manchester Wind Orchestra.  The relatively new Manchester Wind Orchestra, which formed just over one year ago, out of a core of University of Manchester students, performs at the RNCM for the first time, conducted by Ralph Corrigan.  The programme is set to include Holst’s Suite in F, Gregson’s Festivo and Tomlinson’s Suite of English Folk-Dances.  Tickets £6.  7.30pm.

Bridgewater Hall – BBC Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Fidelio.  Beethoven’s only opera, and his favourite work, Fidelio, is conducted by Juanjo Mena and features Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Rebecca von Lipinski (Leonore), telling the story of an innocent man, chained in a dungeon, whose wife seeks to rescue him in a thrilling escape.  Tickets £37-£12.  7.30pm.

Saturday 9 May:

The Bridgewater Hall – The Halle: A Russian Spectacular.  Stephen Bell conducts and Tom Poster is featured on piano during a series of pieces by some of the finest Russian composers.  The programme features works by Rimsky-Korsakov (Overture: May Night), Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto No 2), Tchaikovsky (Marche Slave) and more.  Tickets £41 – £19.  7.30pm.


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