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<h6><b>Lang Lang </b></h6>International Concert Series
Lang Lang
International Concert Series
Tchaikovsky The Seasons Op.37 (43’) | J. S. Bach Italian Concerto in F BMV 971 (12’) | Chopin Four Scherzos, Op.20, Op.31, Op.39 & Op.54 (40’)

For all the showmanship and media hype, Lang Lang remains a serious and dedicated musician able to display refined technique in Bach, inventive characterisation in Tchaikovsky and stormy brilliance in the music of Chopin. Buy early to book your seat at the biggest show of the year. Please click on the 'More Info' tab for approximate timings.

Sunday 29 November 2015 7.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>John Rutter's Christmas Festival</b></h6>
International Concert Series
John Rutter's Christmas Festival
International Concert Series
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Chetham’s Chamber Choir | John Rutter CBE conductor | Elin Manahan Thomas soprano | Jonathan Scott organ

arr. Willcocks Christmas Fanfare/O come all ye faithful* | arr. Wood Ding dong merrily on high | arr. Rutter I saw three ships | J.S. Bach Sinfonia for organ from Cantata No.29 | arr. Willcocks The first Nowell* | Poulenc Two Christmas motets | Handel Christmas sequence from ‘Messiah’ including Hallelujah Chorus* | Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite | arr. Rutter Good King Wenceslas* | Rutter Mary’s Lullaby & Shepherd’s Pipe Carol | Anderson Sleigh Ride | arr. Rutter Nos galan & Star Carol | Mendelssohn (arr. Willcocks) Hark the herald angels sing/closing fanfare*

To mark John Rutter’s 70th birthday, the most popular living choral composer in the world and doyen of Christmas music, hosts and conducts a star-studded line-up in a concert to warm the heart.
*items for the audience to sing

Saturday 05 December 2015 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Academy of St Martin in the Fields</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
International Concert Series
Joshua Bell violin/music director | Steven Isserlis cello

Dvorák Silent Woods (cello & orchestra) (7’) | Beethoven Symphony No.8 (28’) | Schumann Violin Concerto, mv. II (codetta by Britten) | Brahms ‘Double Concerto’ (violin & cello) (30’)

Joshua Bell works with his friend and musical collaborator, the British cellist Steven Isserlis, taking on the role of conductor, orchestral leader and soloist in a programme of romantic moods and classical poise.

Friday 08 January 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>The Tallis Scholars</b></h6>
International Concert Series
The Tallis Scholars
International Concert Series
Peter Philips conductor

Taverner Leroy Kyrie | Tavener As one who has slept; Funeral Ikos | Tallis Lamenations I | Allegri Miserere | Tavener The Lamb; Song for Athene | Taverner Quemadmodum; Gaude plurimum

The composer Sir John Tavener reached a world-wide audience through choral pieces such as The Lamb, and his Song for Athene was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. His music shows diverse influences, including Tudor polyphony by composers such as his almost namesake, John Taverner.

Friday 22 January 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Evocations</b></h6>Echoes of a Mountain Song
Echoes of a Mountain Song
Free ticketed event.
A chance to hear new works inspired by northern landscapes by students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Saturday 6 February 2016 1.10 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Introductory Lecture</b></h6>Echoes of a Mountain Song
Introductory Lecture
Echoes of a Mountain Song
Em Marshall-Luck, author of Music in the Landscape and founder of the English Music Festival introduces the series, exploring how the northern uplands have inspired and influenced many of our country’s finest composers.

Saturday 6 February 2016 3.30-5.00 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Manchester Camerata: The Beautiful North</b></h6>
International Concert Series: Echoes of a Mountain Song
Manchester Camerata: The Beautiful North
International Concert Series: Echoes of a Mountain Song
Gábor Takács -Nagy conductor | Jennifer Pike violin | TBA narrator

Hadley Kinder Scout | Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending | Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden | Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56, ‘Scottish’

In a concert which includes poetry and readings, we celebrate how the northern landscape has inspired and nurtured a distinctive creativity in its people.

Saturday 6 February 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>La Serenissima</b></h6>
International Concert Series
La Serenissima
International Concert Series
Adrian Chandler violin/director | Peter Whelan bassoon

Vivaldi Concertos for Violin ‘in tromba marina’ in D & G (20’) | Vivaldi Concertos for Bassoon in G & B-flat (20’) | Vivaldi ‘Four Seasons’ (Manchester version) Concertos for Violin and Strings (40’)

Acclaimed period-instrument group, La Serenissima offers a unique chance to hear Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons from the only surviving manuscript of these famed works, held by Manchester’s Henry Watson Music Library. It contains subtle differences compared to the more widely-heard version of Vivaldi’s famous piece.

Friday, 19 February 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Oslo Philharmonic</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Oslo Philharmonic
International Concert Series
Vasily Petrenko conductor | Simon Trpceski piano

Grieg Lyric Suite: March of the Trolls (4’) | Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (35’) | Mahler Symphony No.5 (70’)

Vasily Petrenko brings vital energy and strong musical discipline to all his performances, never better shown than in the mighty symphonies of Gustav Mahler. His recordings with Simon Trpceski of the Rachmaninov concertos have won critical acclaim for their insight and brilliance.

Monday 7 March 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Singing the Mountain Song</b></h6>
Folk workshop and lecture
Singing the Mountain Song
Folk workshop and lecture
Cumbria-based folk-singer, musician and animateur, Bill Lloyd, explores the traditional culture and music of the North Country in a mix of live performance, lucid commentary and instruction.

Thursday 10 March 2016 3.00-4.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Sir Thomas Allen, baritone</b></h6>
International Concert Series: Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Sir Thomas Allen, baritone
International Concert Series: Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Joseph Middleton piano

Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Tired, Linden Lea | George Butterworth Six songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ | Traditional songs Gan ti the Kye, O I hae seen the roses blaw, Rap er te bank, Elsie Marley, Dance ti the Daddy | Songs by Edward Purcell, Arthur Penn and Eric Coates

Sir Thomas Allen is one of the most admired singers of our times. Born in Seaham, County Durham, he retains a strong connection with the Northeast. The programme includes items from Allen’s CD anthology Songs my father taught me.

Wednesday 30 March 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Northern Bards: Josephine Dickinson</b></h6>
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Northern Bards: Josephine Dickinson
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Award-winning poet and shepherd, Josephine Dickinson, offers a unique perspective on contemporary rural life.

Saturday 23 April 2016 11:00 AM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Pop-up poetry reading</b></h6>
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Pop-up poetry reading
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Free non-ticketed event in our stalls foyer from 1.00pm - 2.00pm.
Read your favourite poem or a poem of your own inspired by the landscape.

Saturday 23 April 2016 1:00 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Unquiet Earth: Words & music about the life & work of Emily Brontë</b></h6>
Echoes of a Mountain Song
Unquiet Earth: Words & music about the life & work of Emily Brontë
Echoes of a Mountain Song
Clare Hammond piano | Jane Wilkinson soprano | Suzanne Casey violin | Kenneth Woods cello | Peter Davison narrator

Beethoven Pathétique Sonata (15’) | Robin Walker Four Songs of Emily Brontë (16’) | Beethoven Cantata: Adelaide (6’) | Mendelssohn Adagio from Cello Sonata No.2 (4’) | Andrew Keeling Piano Trio ‘Unquiet Earth’ (20’)

Despite her short life, Emily Brontë produced one of the most original novels of the 19th century, Wuthering Heights. In a sequence of words and music, we discover more about this enigmatic freespirit who loved the Yorkshire moors.

Saturday 23 April 2016 3.00-5.00 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Wayne Marshall: Organ Rhapsody!</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Wayne Marshall: Organ Rhapsody!
International Concert Series
Marshall Jazz lntrada | Bernstein arr. Marshall Overture, ‘Wonderful Town’ | Dupré Prelude and Fugue in B | Bovet Sarasota from Trois Preludes Hambourgeois | Improvisation on themes from Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’ | Gershwin ‘I got rhythm’ & Summertime | Improvisation on Bohemian Rhapsody

In this lively organ ‘pops’ recital, Marshall shows the full breadth of his skills, as he recaptures the verve of the golden age of jazz and the American songbook, alongside repertoire strongly influenced by that style.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Murray Perahia</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Murray Perahia
International Concert Series
Haydn Variations in F minor Hob. XVIII/6 (14’) | Mozart Sonata in A minor K.310 (20’) | Brahms Four pieces for Piano, Op.119 (15’) | Beethoven Sonata No.29 in B-flat, Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ (50’)

Evergreen pianist Murray Perahia returns with a programme that includes Haydn’s last work for piano, some of the final works written by Brahms for the instrument and one of the most ambitious late works by Beethoven.

Wednesday 15 June 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage: Hope in Adversity</b></h6>
International Concert Series
The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage: Hope in Adversity
International Concert Series
Harry Christophers conductor

Byrd Diliges dominum; Miserere mihi domine | Pärt Deer’s cry | Byrd Emendemus in melius | Pärt The woman with the alabaster box | Byrd Tribue domine; Christe qui lux es et dies | Tallis Miserere nostri | Byrd O lux beata trinitas | Pärt Nunc Dimittis | Byrd Ad dominum cum tribulare; Laetentur coeli

Associate Artists The Sixteen return to close the ICS season with their Choral Pilgrimage 2016. This programme, which offers consolation in troubled times, features music by two masters of religious composition: William Byrd and Arvo Pärt.

Thursday 23 June 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall