Event Listings

All of our upcoming events are listed below in date order. To filter the list, please choose one of the following options:

Flexible Booking  |  BBC Philharmonic  |  The Hallé  |  International Concert Series  |  Manchester Camerata  |  Organ Concerts  |  Family Events  |  Raymond Gubbay |  Mid-Day Concerts |  Guided Tours |  Waters of Life


<h6><b>Manchester Camerata</b></h6>
Mozart Madness
Manchester Camerata
Mozart Madness

Gábor Takács Nagy music director | Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano


Mozart Divertimento in F, K138 | Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat major, K449 | Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K452 | Piano Concerto No.19 in F major, K459

This concert takes place at the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester.

Thursday 2 March 2017 7:30pm RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester



<h6><b>BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
BBC Philharmonic

Rafael Payare conductor


Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (29’) | Mahler Symphony No.5 (68’)

Saturday 04 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Celebrate Sinatra</b></h6>
Celebrate Sinatra


Anthony Gabriele conductor | Graham Bickley and Emma Kershaw guest singers | London Concert Orchestra | Plus a glamorous ballroom duo Emma and Chris Burrell and the Swing Time Jivers

An afternoon of songs and music made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, plus a special centenary tribute to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald.

Sunday 5 March 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano role


Elgar Symphony No.1 (53'), Overture: Froissart (14'), Grania and Diarmid: Incidental Music, Funeral March and ‘There are Seven’ (12'), Pomp and Circumstance March No.3 (5')

Thursday 09 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
Beyond the Score ®: Elgar’s Enigma Variations
The Hallé
Beyond the Score ®: Elgar’s Enigma Variations


Sir Mark Elder conductor | Gerard McBurney presenter

Devised by former Hallé artistic advisor Gerard McBurney, ‘Beyond the Score’ is an accessible and entertaining way of learning more about Elgar’s masterpiece. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé will be on stage throughout providing musical examples, complemented by actors playing Elgar’s friends and loved-ones and film on the Hallé big screen.

Saturday 11 March 2017 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé


Sir Mark Elder conductor | David Butt Philip tenor | Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano | Iain Paterson bass-baritone | Hallé Choir | Hallé Youth Choir

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

A setting of a poem by John Henry Newman, The Dream of Gerontius tells the story of a soul’s journey through death into purgatory with the promise of a final re-awakening to glory. Elgar’s remarkable score reflects an eclectic range of influences: Wagner, Verdi, Anglican and Catholic liturgical music. There will be no interval during this concert.

Sunday 12 March 2017 6:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<b>Guided Tour</b>
Guided Tour


Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall. Please note: the undercroft is accessed by two flights of metal steps; all other areas of the building are fully accessible.

Monday 13 March 2017 2:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<b>Guided Tours</b>
Guided Tours


Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall. Please note: the undercroft is accessed by two flights of metal steps; all other areas of the building are fully accessible.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 11:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Mike + The Mechanics</b></h6>
Plus support Ben McKelvey
Mike + The Mechanics
Plus support Ben McKelvey


Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford, joins forces with a new generation Mike and The Mechanics, which includes one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, Andrew Roachford and Canadian-born singer, Tim Howar.

Wednesday 15 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Rick Astley</b></h6>
Rick Astley


SOLD OUT

Rick Astley remains one of the most successful solo artists to have ever emerged from Britain. His three decades in the spotlight have seen the music legend enter the record books for his early ground-breaking chart success; garner rapturous critical acclaim; and sell-out arenas on almost every continent, as he continues to leave an indelible mark on pop-culture.

Thursday 16 March 2017 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Marti Pellow: The Mysterious Tour</b></h6>
Marti Pellow: The Mysterious Tour


One of the UK’s biggest pop icons will take to the stage at The Bridgewater Hall to coincide with the release of his incredible new solo album 'Mysterious', which will be released in March 2017. Marti will be performing songs from his new album alongside music from his three-decade career spanning 20 albums and tens of millions of sales, including his phenomenal success with Wet Wet Wet.

Friday 17 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Mehboob Nadeem (sitar), Arnab Chakrabarty (sarod) and Kousic Sen (tabla)</b><p>Music For The Mind And Soul</h6>
Mehboob Nadeem (sitar), Arnab Chakrabarty (sarod) and Kousic Sen (tabla)

Music For The Mind And Soul


Milapfest’s Music for the Mind and Soul concert series continues with celebrated sitarist, Mehboob Nadeem. Mehboob will be performing alongside celebrated Sarod artist Arnab Chakrabarty. and Milapfest’s Artist in Residence, tabla maestro, Kousic Sen.

Saturday 18 March 2017 1:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
Oscars for Orchestra
The Hallé
Oscars for Orchestra

Stephen Bell conductor


The programme includes music from: Ben-Hur | Robin Hood | Born Free | E.T. | Aladdin | Spectre | The Hateful Eight | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | The King and I | Henry V

Saturday 18 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Elvis Costello </b></h6>Detour
Elvis Costello
Detour


Elvis Costello takes his acclaimed Detour solo show for another spin. Critics round the globe have waxed lyrical about this incredibly entertaining walk through Elvis Costello’s amazing life and back catalogue.

Sunday 19 March 2017 8:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<b>Guided Tours</b>
Guided Tours


Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall. Please note: the undercroft is accessed by two flights of metal steps; all other areas of the building are fully accessible.

Monday 20 March 2017 2:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Lahav Shani conductor | Sofya Gulyak piano


Sibelius En Saga (18') | Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (34’) | Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1945) (33’)

Wednesday 22 March 2017 2:15 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Eblana String Trio</b><p>
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society</h6>
Eblana String Trio

Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

Jonathan Martindale violin | Lucy Nolan viola | Peggy Nolan cello

Beethoven String Trio in C minor Op.9 No.1 | Moeran String Trio (1931)

Thursday 23 March 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Lahav Shani conductor | Sofya Gulyak piano


Sibelius En Saga (18') | Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (34’) | Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1945) (33’)

Thursday 23 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Kremerata Baltica</b><p>
International Concert Series</h6>
Kremerata Baltica

International Concert Series

Gidon Kremer violin

Arvo Pärt Passacaglia for violin and strings (4’) | Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.2 'The American Four Seasons' (42') | Alexander Raskatov The Seasons’ Digest (20') | Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. Desyatnikov) (26’)

Kremerata Baltica return with a typically adventurous concert, opening with Philip Glass’s Second Violin Concerto accompanied by a montage of evocative and original video images and closes with Piazzolla’s atmospheric evocation of the changing year in his native city.

Friday 24 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Spectacular Classics</b></h6>
Spectacular Classics

Toby Purser conductor | Adrian Dwyer tenor | Nicholas Lester baritone | Manchester Concert Orchestra


Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra | Elgar Nimrod | Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony No.3 (Final Movement) | Fucík Entry of the Gladiators | Bizet Duet from The Pearl Fishers | Tchaikovsky Finale from Swan Lake | Rossini Largo al factotum | Bizet The Flower Song, Danse Bohème from Carmen | Holst Jupiter from The Planets | Strauss Blue Danube Waltz | and other favourites including Nessun Dorma, Rule, Britannia!, & Land of Hope and Glory.

A sensational show of great classics, dazzling lasers and special effects, including an explosive 1812 Overture complete with cannon effects and indoor firework finale.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>The Hallé Youth Ensembles</b></h6>
The Hallé Youth Ensembles

Hallé Youth Orchestra | Hallé Youth Choir | Hallé Youth Training Choir | Hallé Children’s Choir


Make Mother’s Day really special and join the joyously-gifted members of all the Hallé’s Youth Ensembles as they present a matinee of music which will showcase their talent.

Sunday 26 March 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Lahav Shani conductor | Sofya Gulyak piano


Sibelius En Saga (18') | Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (34’) | Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1945) (33’)

Sunday 26 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars</b></h6>
The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars


Supergroup HOLY HOLY featuring Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey will be performing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars album in its entirety.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor | Kathryn Stott piano | Michaela Parry mezzo-soprano


Revueltas Sensemayá (8’) | Copland El Salón México (12') | Gershwin Piano Concerto (31’) | Falla The Three Cornered Hat (complete ballet) (30')

Thursday 30 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Rick Astley</b></h6>
Rick Astley


SOLD OUT

Rick Astley remains one of the most successful solo artists to have ever emerged from Britain. His three decades in the spotlight have seen the music legend enter the record books for his early ground-breaking chart success; garner rapturous critical acclaim; and sell-out arenas on almost every continent, as he continues to leave an indelible mark on pop-culture.

Friday 31 March 2017 Doors 7:00PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
BBC Philharmonic

James Feddeck conductor | James Ehnes violin


John Harbison Remembering Gatsby (7’) | Barber Violin Concerto (23’) | Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 (55’)

Saturday 01 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>10cc</b></h6>
Greatest Hits & More
10cc
Greatest Hits & More


Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure.

Sunday 2 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<b>Guided Tours</b>
Guided Tours


Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall. Please note: the undercroft is accessed by two flights of metal steps; all other areas of the building are fully accessible.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 2:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Amy Macdonald</b></h6>
Amy Macdonald


Still only 29 years old, Amy has released 3 albums and sold over 5 million records worldwide - including 1.5 million here in the UK. She has performed to over 3 million people across the world and spent this summer splitting her time between the recording studio and headlining festivals across Europe

Thursday 6 April 2017 Doors 7.00pm The Bridgewater Hall




<b>Guided Tour</b>
Guided Tour


Your chance to see behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall. Please note: the undercroft is accessed by two flights of metal steps; all other areas of the building are fully accessible.

Monday 10 April 2017 11:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Be Hear Now </b></h6>
Waters of Life Concert
Be Hear Now
Waters of Life Concert


This event will take place in The Barbirolli Room.
A relaxed concert performance for all ages followed by two parallel workshops for ages 0-11 and 12-19 - musical discovery sessions for young people with special educational needs and their families.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 10:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Be Hear Now - 0-11 Workshop</b></h6>
Waters of Life
Be Hear Now - 0-11 Workshop
Waters of Life


This event will take place in The Barbirolli Room.
A relaxed concert performance for all ages followed by two parallel workshops for ages 0-11 and 12-19 - musical discovery sessions for young people with special educational needs and their families.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 11:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Be Hear Now - 12-19 Workshop</b></h6>
Waters of Life
Be Hear Now - 12-19 Workshop
Waters of Life


This event will take place in The Barbirolli Room.
A relaxed concert performance for all ages followed by two parallel workshops for ages 0-11 and 12-19 - musical discovery sessions for young people with special educational needs and their families.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 11:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Willshire Piano Duo</b><p>
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society</h6>
Willshire Piano Duo

Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

James Willshire piano | Pippa Harrison piano

Schubert Three March Militaires D.733 | Stevenson Two Chinese Folk Songs | Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Tuesday 11 April 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Shropshire Boatmen</b><p>
Waters of Life</h6>
The Shropshire Boatmen

Waters of Life

This event will take place in The Barbirolli Room.

The Shropshire Boatmen are a shanty crew who sing to keep alive the connection between our inland waterways and the international seafaring trade. This event will include a mix of original and well-known songs for you to join in with, plus the chance to hear something about the history and meaning of maritime music.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Pop-up Poetry with Bill Lloyd</b><p>
Waters of Life</h6>
Pop-up Poetry with Bill Lloyd

Waters of Life

This event will take place in The Stalls Café Bar.

Led by folk-singer and actor, Bill Lloyd, read a poem of your own, inspired by water, the sea or canals. For the chance to participate, submit your ideas to popuppoetry@bridgewater-hall.co.uk and a selection will be heard on the day. Following the poetry session, Bill will sing a selection of traditional songs.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 4:15 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Sea Shanty Big Sing</b><p>
Waters of Life</h6>
Sea Shanty Big Sing

Waters of Life

Simply Singing and Special Guests The Shropshire Boatmen

Whether you’re an experienced singer or a complete beginner, this is your chance to sing sea shanties in our stunning Auditorium. Experienced choir leaders Simply Singing will guide you through a number of sea shanties and you’ll soon be raising the roof with beautiful harmonies. Lyrics will be provided in advance to help you prepare.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 6:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Trim Rig & A Doxy</b><p>
Waters of Life</h6>
Trim Rig & A Doxy

Waters of Life

This event will take place in The Stalls Café Bar.

Shanty duo, Derek and Julia Batters performances are both warm and humorous. This evening they’ll treat you to a selection of sea shanties, songs based on the poems of Lancashire writer Cicely Fox Smith and more.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Jonathan Scott</b><p>
Lunchtime Organ Concerts - Occasion</h6>
Jonathan Scott

Lunchtime Organ Concerts - Occasion

Handel Overture (Music for The Royal Fireworks HWV 351) | Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring BWV 147 | Lefébure-Wély Sortie in B flat | Clarke The Prince of Denmark's March | Mendelssohn Sonata No.3 in A major Op.65 | Handel Arrival of The Queen of Sheba (Solomon HWV 67) | Gigout Grand Choeur Dialogué | Yon Humoresque - Toccatina for Flute | Walton Crown Imperial – A Coronation March

Wednesday 12 April 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
BBC Philharmonic


Nicholas Kraemer conductor | Nicholas Mulroy Evangelist | Matthew Hargreaves Christus | Lina Johnson soprano | Marianne Beate Kielland mezzo-soprano | Andrew Tortise tenor | Benjamin Bevan baritone | Manchester Chamber Choir

Bach Matthäus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) (159’)

Friday 14 April 2017 2:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Caro Emerald</b></h6>
Caro Emerald


Doors 7.00pm.
Caro Emerald returns to The Bridgewater Hall with 'The Emerald Island Tour' in 2017. The Amsterdam Conservatory jazz-trained vocalist is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality.

Saturday 15 April 2017 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Caro Emerald</b></h6>
Caro Emerald


Doors 7.00pm.
Caro Emerald returns to The Bridgewater Hall with 'The Emerald Island Tour'. The Amsterdam Conservatory jazz-trained vocalist is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality.

Sunday 16 April 2017 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Stairway to Heaven</b></h6>
Led Zeppelin Masters
Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin Masters


Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and bolstered by the breathtaking might of the thirty-five-piece The Black Dog Orchestra, Led Zeppelin Masters features no fewer than eighteen Led Zeppelin classics.

Tuesday 18 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Sunwook Kim piano


Berlioz Overture: Rob Roy (12') | Huw Watkins Symphony (world premiere) (20') | Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 (48')

Thursday 20 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>'Jamie's Concert' with Noriko Ogawa, piano</b><p>Waters of Life</h6>
'Jamie's Concert' with Noriko Ogawa, piano

Waters of Life

Concert programme includes:
Clara Schumann Polonaise Op.1 | Debussy Reflections in the water, The girl with the flaxen hair, Clair de Lune | Hiroko Kokubu Sleeping Forest | Beethoven Für Elise | Akiko Yamane Illuminated Baby | Chopin Ballade No.1

Friday 21 April 2017 10.30 AM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Clare Hammond, piano</b><p>
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society</h6>
Clare Hammond, piano

Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

Jacquet de la Guerre Suite No.6 in G major | James Francis Brown, David Matthews, Alan Mills, Peter Fribbins & Robin Walker Five Aquarelles | Fauré Nocturne No.8 in D flat, Op.37 ; Nocturne No.12 in E minor Op.107 | Debussy L’isle joyeuse

Friday 21 April 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Wall of Water</b></h6>
Wall of Water


English String Orchestra | Kenneth Woods conductor | Harriet Mackenzie violin

Wall of Water Introduction (30') | Thea Musgrave Green (15') | Deborah Pritchard Violin Concerto 'Wall of Water' (20') | Emily Doolittle falling still (5') | Kaija Saariaho Terra memoria (15')

A chance to hear the acclaimed new Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard written in response to a series of 13 oil paintings, Wall of Water by the contemporary artist Maggi Hambling. The programme also includes music by that pioneer among women composers, Thea Musgrave, Emily Doolittle’s evocation of a blackbird singing in the rain and Kaija Saariaho’s intense meditation on the presence of the dead.

Friday 21 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
Giants of Jazz
The Hallé
Giants of Jazz

Roderick Dunk conductor | James Pearson piano | The James Pearson Trio from Ronnie Scott’s


George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue | Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag | Billy Mayerl Marigold | Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp | Duke Ellington Caravan | Thelonius Monk ’Round Midnight | George Shearing Lullaby of Birdland | Dave Brubeck Take Five | Oscar Peterson March Past | Chick Corea Spain

Saturday 22 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky conductor | Vadim Gluzman violin | Robin Tritschler tenor


Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis (15’) | Sofia Gubaidulina Offertorium (44’) | Vaughan Williams Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’ (36’)

Sunday 23 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Hallé Tea Dance</b></h6>
Hallé Tea Dance


Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a tea dance with a difference. Be swept away with a captivating mixture of Ballroom and Sequence pieces in our new Afternoon Tea Dance.

This event will be held at The Hallé at St. Michael’s.

Monday 24 April 2017 1:00PM The Hallé at St. Michael's



<h6><b>John Prine</b></h6>
Plus support Amanda Shires
John Prine
Plus support Amanda Shires


Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to American musical heritage. His songs speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.

Monday 24 April 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela</b><p>
International Concert Series</h6>
Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela

International Concert Series

We regret that this concert will not be going ahead as the Simón Bolivar National Youth Choir has withdrawn from their European tour.

Tuesday 25 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Julian Bliss clarinet


Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings (15’) | Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 (20’) | Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 (47’)

Wednesday 26 April 2017 2:15 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Heath Quartet</b><p>
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society</h6>
Heath Quartet

Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

Oliver Heath violin | Cerys Jones violin | Gary Pomeroy viola | Christopher Murray cello

Haydn String Quartet Op.76 No.5 | Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor, Op.80

Thursday 27 April 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Julian Bliss clarinet


Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings (15’) | Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 (20’) | Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 (47’)

Thursday 27 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Remembering Fred with Aljaz and Janette</b></h6>
Remembering Fred with Aljaz and Janette


Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire with Aljaz and Janette.

Saturday 29 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Pandit Ronu Majumdar (bansuri flute) & Kousic Sen (tabla)</b><p>Music For The Mind And Soul</h6>
Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Pandit Ronu Majumdar (bansuri flute) & Kousic Sen (tabla)

Music For The Mind And Soul

Continuing its theme of Jugalbandi, Milapfest’s Music for the Mind and Soul concert series presents a special performance by accomplished Santoor artist Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and world famous Bansuri flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar. They will be accompanied by Tabla maestro Kousic Sen.

Sunday 30 April 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Julian Bliss clarinet


Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings (15’) | Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 (20’) | Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 (47’)

Sunday 30 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Manchester Camerata</b></h6>
UpClose: The Next Generation
Manchester Camerata
UpClose: The Next Generation

Iyad Sughayer piano/lead artist | Manchester Camerata Principal musicians


Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross | Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

This concert takes place at Manchester Cathedral.

Tuesday 2 May 2017 7:30 PM Manchester Cathedral



<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor | Hallé Choir


Purcell Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary (15') | Ryan Wigglesworth Locke’s Theatre (2013) (17') | Bruckner Symphony No.9 (60')

Thursday 04 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Steve Hackett</b></h6>Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett
Steve Hackett
Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett


Following the success of his 2015/16 tour, Steve Hackett returns with an exciting new show. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band, plus tracks from his new album due out in 2017.

Friday 5 May 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Al Stewart: Back to the Bedsit Tour 2017</b></h6>
Al Stewart: Back to the Bedsit Tour 2017


For fifty years, Al Stewart has been writing and singing songs. Now, on his 'Back to the Bedsit' tour, he will be playing acoustic versions from his musical back pages going all the way back to the bedsit with “Bedsitter Images”. He will be accompanied by his long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff and joined by Guitarist Tim Renwick.

Saturday 6 May 2017 8.00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Atif Aslam</b></h6>Plus support
Atif Aslam
Plus support


After another fantastic year of hit songs, Atif Aslam returns to Manchester for a headline show set to rock all his UK fans.

Sunday 7 May 2017 6:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Procol Harum 1967 - 2017</b></h6>
Procol Harum 1967 - 2017


In this very special concert, celebrating their 50th anniversary, Procol Harum will perform a selection from their best known repertoire together with some new surprises.

Monday 8 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Adam Ant</h6></b> ANTHEMS The Singles Tour
Adam Ant
ANTHEMS The Singles Tour


Following the hugely successful Kings of the Wild Frontier tour earlier this year, which saw Adam play his classic and now iconic album to over 30,000 fans in sold out venues across the UK, Adam Ant has announced ANTHEMS The Singles Tour.

Tuesday 9 May 2017 7.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Adam Ant</h6></b> ANTHEMS The Singles Tour
Adam Ant
ANTHEMS The Singles Tour


Following the hugely successful Kings of the Wild Frontier tour earlier this year, which saw Adam play his classic and now iconic album to over 30,000 fans in sold out venues across the UK, Adam Ant has announced ANTHEMS The Singles Tour.

Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Jonathan Scott</b><p>
Lunchtime Organ Recitals - War & Peace</h6>
Jonathan Scott

Lunchtime Organ Recitals - War & Peace

Coates The Dambusters March | Jonathan Scott Peterloo 1819 | Holst Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets Op.32) | Dupré Prelude & Fugue in B Major Op.7 No.1 | Philip Glass Satyagraha (Evening Song - Act III Conclusion) | Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture Op.49

Thursday 11 May 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment<br />
Complete Brandenburg Concertos</b><p>
International Concert Series</h6>
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Complete Brandenburg Concertos

International Concert Series

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F (20’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G (11’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D (20’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G (16’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat (16’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F (12’)

In this programme, The Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment focus their creative attention upon those iconic orchestral works of the Baroque, Bach’s six amazing and varied Brandenburg Concertos.

Thursday 11 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Sound of Musicals</b></h6>
The Sound of Musicals


A concert packed full of show stopping hits from the world's best-loved musicals, performed by four star soloists from the West End.

Friday 12 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
Finlandia
The Hallé
Finlandia

Stephen Bell conductor | Joseph Moog piano


Sibelius Karelia Suite | Grieg Piano Concerto | Sibelius Valse Triste | Grieg Peer Gynt Suite | Sibelius Finlandia

Saturday 13 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Glenn Miller Orchestra</b></h6>
Glenn Miller Orchestra


Ray McVay band leader | Mark Porter guest vocalist | Catherine Sykes guest vocalist | The Swingtime Jivers | The Polka Dot Dolls

The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

Sunday 14 May 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra</b></h6>
Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra


Jing Huan conductor | Jian Wang cello | Lei Jia sheng

Britten Four Sea Interludes Op.33a | Ye Xiaogang Guangdong Music Suite, Op.51 (GSO commission, 2005) | Zhao Lin Duo for cello, sheng and orchestra | Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Since its founding in 1957, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra has become one of China's most prestigious orchestras. It is the only Chinese symphony orchestra to have toured and performed on five continents.

Monday 15 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

James Feddeck conductor | Andrew Tyson piano


Smetana Má Vlast: Vltava (12’) | Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 (30’) | Dvorák Symphony No.6 (40’)

Wednesday 17 May 2017 2:15 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

James Feddeck conductor | Andrew Tyson piano


Smetana Má Vlast: Vltava (12’) | Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 (30’) | Dvorák Symphony No.6 (40’)

Thursday 18 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Imelda May</b></h6>
Imelda May


Imelda May has announced her first UK tour in over three years in support of her highly anticipated new album Life Love Flesh Blood due for release in March 2017.

Saturday 20 May 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Pandit Ranajit Sengupta (sarod), Ashim Chowdhury (sitar) and Kousic Sen (tabla)</b><p>Music For The Mind And Soul</h6>
Pandit Ranajit Sengupta (sarod), Ashim Chowdhury (sitar) and Kousic Sen (tabla)

Music For The Mind And Soul

Next in Milapfest’s special Jugalbandi themed concerts as part of its Music for the Mind and Soul series is Sarod superstar, Pandit Ranajit Sengupta and accomplished sitarist Ashim Chowdhury. They will be accompanied by Tabla maestro Kousic Sen.

Sunday 21 May 2017 1:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé</b></h6>
The Hallé

James Feddeck conductor | Andrew Tyson piano


Smetana Má Vlast: Vltava (12’) | Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 (30’) | Dvorák Symphony No.6 (40’)

Sunday 21 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>Hallé Tea Dance</b></h6>
Hallé Tea Dance


Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a tea dance with a difference. Be swept away with a captivating mixture of Ballroom and Sequence pieces in our new Afternoon Tea Dance.

This event will be held at The Hallé at St. Michael’s.

Monday 22 May 2017 1:00PM The Hallé at St. Michael's



<h6><b>Simple Minds</b></h6>Special guest The Anchoress
Simple Minds
Special guest The Anchoress


To celebrate brand new album ‘Simple Minds Acoustic’ Simple Minds will be taking to the road to perform their career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the very first time, joined by special guest The Anchoress.

Tuesday 23 May 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Six Hands</h6>
John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan</b><p>
International Concert Series
Six Hands
John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

International Concert Series

Programme to include: John Williams On The Wing | Phillip Houghton The Mantis and the Moon, duo | John Williams Extra Time, duo | plus other solos, duos and trios

Classical guitarist, John Williams only tours these days accompanied by long-standing musical friends. In this rare appearance, he is joined by the sparkling jazz performer, John Etheridge and another master of the classical guitar, Gary Ryan.

Thursday 25 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena conductor | Leonard Elschenbroich cello


Arvo Pärt Cantus in memoriam, Benjamin Britten (9’) | Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain (27') | Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (50’)

Friday 26 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall



<h6><b>David Helfgott</b></h6>
David Helfgott


David Helfgott’s triumph over adversity to become one of the most successful pianists of his generation was portrayed in the award-winning movie Shine. He makes his Manchester debut at The Bridgewater Hall in a programme including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3.

Saturday 27 May 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Cranberries</b></h6>
The Cranberries


Best known for their now classic songs Linger, Zombie and Dreams, The Cranberries will perform specially orchestrated versions of their many hits with each show on the tour featuring a string quartet.

Sunday 28 May 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic</b></h6>
The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic


Sir Mark Elder conductor | Brandon Jovanovich Waldermar, tenor | Emily Magee Tove, soprano | Alice Coote Wood Dove, mezzo-soprano | Graham Clark Klaus the Fool, tenor | Johan Reuter Bauer, bass | Sir Thomas Allen speaker

Schoenberg Gurrelieder (99')

Sunday 04 June 2017 6:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Manchester Camerata</b></h6>
The Play Off
Manchester Camerata
The Play Off

Gábor Takács-Nagy music director | Guy Johnston cello | Gabriella Swallow cello


Haydn Symphony No.38 in C major | Colin Riley Double Concerto for Two Cellos (World Premiere) | Philip Glass Echorus for Two Violins and Strings |Mozart Symphony No.36, K425, ‘Linz’

This concert takes place at Manchester Cathedral.

Thursday 8 June 2017 7:30PM Manchester Cathedral



<h6><b>Sir Willard White<br>
The Brodsky Quartet<p></b>
International Concert Series</h6>
Sir Willard White
The Brodsky Quartet

International Concert Series

Copland Hoedown, Two folk songs (Long Time Ago, The Dodger) | Gershwin Summertime, Honey Man, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' | Barber Dover Beach |Khachaturian Sabre Dance | Britten Poem, Two folk songs (Ash Grove and The Foggy, Foggy Dew) | Jerome Kern They Didn't Believe Me | Sinatra Classics Close to You, PS I Love You, My Way | Massenet Elégie | Jamaican trad. Jamaica Farewell

Sir Willard White collaborates with the innovative Brodsky String Quartet in a unique programme which acknowledges the work of the great Hollywood String Quartet, including the work they did with Frank Sinatra on the extraordinary album Close to You.

Friday 09 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The BBC Philharmonic Family Concert</b></h6>
The BBC Philharmonic Family Concert


Join us for a musical adventure at The Bridgewater Hall in our annual family concert. Hosted by a BBC Children’s presenter, the orchestra will perform orchestral favourites, film music and inspiring selections from BBC Ten Pieces.

Saturday 10 June 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Kevin & Karen</b></h6>
Kevin & Karen


Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton tour the UK for the very first time with their sensational new live show – a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a high-energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes.

Sunday 11 June 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<p><h6><b>The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage: The Olive Branch </b><p>


International Concert Series</h6></p>

The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage: The Olive Branch

International Concert Series

Harry Christophers conductor

Poulenc Salve Regina (4') Palestrina Surge amica mea (3') Palestrina Parce mihi, Domine (7') Palestrina Surgam et circuibo civitatem (2') Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (14') Palestrina Peccantem me quotidie (4') Palestrina Kyrie and Gloria (Missa L’Homme Armé) (9') Poulenc Un soir de neige (7') Palestrina Credo (Missa L’Homme Armé) (8') Palestrina Salve Regina (6') Poulenc Agnus Dei (Mass in G) (5')

Associate Artists, The Sixteen bring their own richly coloured sound and well-balanced voices to music that has both spiritual fervour and heavenly vision.

Friday 16 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Sanjay Guha (sitar), Pandit Ramesh Misra (saarangi) and Kousic Sen (tabla)</b><p>Music For The Mind And Soul</h6>
Sanjay Guha (sitar), Pandit Ramesh Misra (saarangi) and Kousic Sen (tabla)

Music For The Mind And Soul

Next in Milapfest’s season of ‘Jugalbandi’ concerts as part of their ongoing Music for the Mind and Soul series is a unique performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha and Saarangi maestro Pandit Ramesh Misra. They will be accompanied on stage by Milapfest’s Artist in Residence, Kousic Sen.

Saturday 17 June 2017 1:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Idina Menzel</b></h6>
Idina Menzel


After releasing her fifth solo studio album idina. last autumn, Tony Award-winning superstar Idina Menzel announced today that she will return to the UK as part of her 50+ city global spring & summer tour.

Sunday 18 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Kraftwerk 3-D</b></h6>
Kraftwerk 3-D


SOLD OUT

After their worldwide hugely successful 3-D concert tours, the Electro pioneers Kraftwerk return to the UK in June 2017 for a special eleven-date run of their critically acclaimed live show. Bringing together music and performance art, Kraftwerk 3-D concerts are a true "Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art."

Monday 19 June 2017 Doors 7:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Paul Lewis, piano</b><p>
International Concert Series</h6>
Paul Lewis, piano

International Concert Series

Bach Partita No.1 in B-flat BWV825 (16’) | Beethoven Piano Sonata No.4 in E-flat Op.7 (30’) | Chopin Three Waltzes: A minor Op.34 No.2, F minor Op.70 No.2, D flat op.64 no.1 (15’) | Weber Piano Sonata No.2 in A-flat J199 (30’)

Paul Lewis makes his Bridgewater Hall recital debut with a programme encompassing one of Beethoven’s most ambitious early sonatas and Weber’s rarely heard Second Sonata. Rescheduled from Sunday 12 February.

Wednesday 21 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Wayne Marshall</b><p>
International Concert Series</h6>
Wayne Marshall

International Concert Series

Messiaen Transport de Joie from L'Ascension (4’) | Vierne Final from Symphonie No.6 (8') | Vierne Carillon de Westminster (7') | J.S.Bach Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542 (12') | Dupré Prelude & Fugue in G minor (7') | Widor Marcia from Symphonie No.3 (6') | Alain Three Dances (24') | Improvisation on themes provided by the audience

Associate Artist and organist at The Bridgewater Hall for 21 seasons, who else could finish a landmark series but Wayne Marshall with his special brand of virtuoso fireworks.

Tuesday 27 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Hallé Tea Dance</b></h6>
Hallé Tea Dance


Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a tea dance with a difference. Be swept away with a captivating mixture of Ballroom and Sequence pieces in our summer Tea Dance.

This event will be held at Hallé St. Peter's.

Friday 30 June 2017 7:00PM Hallé St. Peter's



<h6><b>Jackson Browne</b></h6>
Jackson Browne


Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.

Friday 30 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Jonathan Scott</b><p>
Lunchtime Organ Concerts - World Tour</h6>
Jonathan Scott

Lunchtime Organ Concerts - World Tour

Rossini William Tell Overture | Strauss The Blue Danube Op.314 | Bach 'Allegro' (Brandenburg Concerto No.3 BWV 1048) | Dvorák Allegro con fuoco ('New World' Symphony Op.95) | Ketelbey In a Persian Market | Sibelius Finlandia Op.26

Monday 3 July 2017 1:10 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>It Was 50 Years Ago Today</b></h6>A Celebration of Sgt. Pepper
It Was 50 Years Ago Today
A Celebration of Sgt. Pepper


As Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reaches its half century, the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the nation's premier Beatle group The Bootleg Beatles team up to perform this iconic album live in its entirety fifty years after its original release.

Friday 14 July 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Best of James Bond</b></h6>
The Best of James Bond


Louise Dearman guest soloist | Oliver Tompsett guest soloist | Manchester Concert Orchestra

All the greatest music and song from the nation’s favourite secret service agent including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Skyfall, Tomorrow Never Dies, Thunderball, For Your Eyes Only, You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me & Diamonds are Forever

Sunday 1 October 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Squeeze</b></h6>
Squeeze


South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of UK dates in 2017 and return to the Bridgewater Hall. This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave. The band are currently working on a new album for 2017.

Monday 30 October 2017 Doors 7:00PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Sixties Gold</b></h6>
Sixties Gold


Following last years’ successful tour, Sixties Gold returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 UK Top 30 hits.

Wednesday 1 November 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Space Spectacular</b></h6>
Space Spectacular


Pete Harrison conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra

A sensational concert of your favourite music from deep space and beyond in a galaxy of sight and sound.

Saturday 11 November 2017 7.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Karl Jenkins</b></h6>
The Armed Man
Karl Jenkins
The Armed Man


Sir Karl Jenkins conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra | Manchester Chorale

Sir Karl Jenkins conducts The Armed Man - A mass for peace. Plus excerpts from his most popular works including, Requiem, Symphonic Adiemus, Cantata Memoria and Palladio.

Sunday 19 November 2017 3:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>John Mayall in Concert</b></h6>
Plus support from The Buddy Whittington Band
John Mayall in Concert
Plus support from The Buddy Whittington Band


For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues".

Tuesday 21 November 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Collabro</b></h6>
Collabro


Collabro are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. They met in 2014 above a pub in London for their first rehearsal and only a month later went on to rouse the whole of the Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars in their first audition for Britain’s Got Talent.

Thursday 30 November 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Jack Jones</b></h6>
80th Birthday Celebration Tour
Jack Jones
80th Birthday Celebration Tour


One of the world’s most loved international singing stars, Jack Jones still stands head and shoulders above his musical peers. He has 60 albums to his credit, two Grammies and another five nominations, an Emmy, and awards too numerous to mention.

Thursday 1 February 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall