Sunday 7 December:

Royal Northern College of Music – Trafford Music Service.  The talents of some of the youth groups from across the Trafford district are showcased in three concerts across the day – at 10am, 1.30pm and 5.00pm.  Tickets £8/concert.

Royal Northern College of Music – The Merry Widow.  Franz Lehar’s operetta is performed at the RNCM, featuring a whirl of elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, can-can dancers and champagne as the Parisienne widow Hanna Glawari’s hand is sought by a series of suitors.  Tickets £36 / £30 / £23.  3.00pm.  Further performances will take place on 9th December, 11th December and 13th December.


Tuesday 9th December:

Bridgewater Hall – Joanna Harries and John Holland-Avery.  Bridgewater Introducing presents mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries and baritone John Holland-Avery in a free lunchtime concert in the stalls cafe bar.  The performance will include Finzi’s Let us garlands bring (song cycle) and Britten’s Cabaret Songs.  Free.  12.45pm.


Wednesday 10th December:

Royal Northern College of Music – RNCM Big Band.  The outstanding RNCM Big Band are set to perform the music of the beloved Northern Dance Orchestra, a big band formed by the BBC in 1956 featuring Johnny Roadhouse and Syd Lawrence.  A number of the NDO’s most popular and interesting numbers will be brought to life.  Tickets from £15.  7.30pm.  There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30 on the history of the NDO and its music.

Bridgewater Hall – The Halle presents The Nutcracker.  Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece The Nutcracker receives a complete concert performance courtesy of The Halle.  Andrew Gourlay is set to conduct.  Tickets £39-13.  2.15pm.  Further performances take place on Thursday 11th December and Sunday 14th December at 7.30pm.


Thursday 11 December:

Dancehouse Theatre – Manchester City Ballet presents The Nutcracker.  The Manchester City Ballet, the Northern Ballet School’s classical company puts on a new production of The Nutcracker to bring the magical Christmas story of the magician Drosselmeyer and his gift of a nutcracker doll to Clara who travels to the enchanted Land of Sweets when the Nutcracker transforms into a prince.  Tickets £8 – £15.  7.30pm.  Further performances take place on Friday 12th December (7.30pm) and Saturday 13th December (2.30pm and 7.30pm).


Friday 12 December:

Martin Harris Centre – Quatuor Danel Evening Concert.  The resident University of Manchester string quartet Quatuor Danel perform Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 6 in G, Janacek’s Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 5 in B flat.  Tickets £14/£9/£3.  7.30pm


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