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<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>The Tallis Scholars</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
The Tallis Scholars

International Concert Series

Peter Phillips conductor

Byrd Laudibus in sanctis; Ad dominum cum tribularer; Sing joyfully | Robin Walker There’s a Cat on the Grave of Matthew Bell (first performance) | Allegri Miserere | Frederick Viner* Prayer from Afar | Dominic Wills* | Salve Regina | Eric Whitacre Sainte-Chapelle | Tavener Song for Athene | White Exaudiat te

Evergreen choral ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, perform choral works old and new to celebrate the winners* of the National Centre for Early Music/BBC Young Composers Award.

Saturday 16 September 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Basel Symphony Orchestra</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Basel Symphony Orchestra

International Concert Series

Ivor Bolton conductor | Sol Gabetta cello

Busoni Comedy Overture (7’) | Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor (20’) | Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A (38’)

A fine Swiss orchestra is joined by a Blackburn-born conductor and a young Argentinian cellist who is already among the top rank of solo performers.

Monday 9 October 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Sir András Schiff</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Sir András Schiff

International Concert Series

Sir András Schiff piano

J.S. Bach Italian Concerto BWV 971 (12’) | French Overture BWV 831 (32’) | Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (70’)

One of the more remarkable and intense concert experiences of current times is to witness Sir András Schiff play Bach’s mightiest keyboard work, the Goldberg Variations in a rare and special performance.

Monday 13 November 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra

International Concert Series

Harry Christophers conductor

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G (11’) | Singet dem Herrn – motet (13’) | Gloria in excelsis Deo (Cantata BWV 191) (15’) | Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 156 (3’) | Jesus bleibet meine Freude – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’) | Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 75 (3’) | Magnificat in D (28’)

Longstanding Associate Artists, The Sixteen, present a concert devoted to Bach’s work which concludes with his uplifting setting of the Magnificat.

Friday 17 November 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>John Rutter's Christmas Festival</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
John Rutter's Christmas Festival

International Concert Series

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | John Rutter CBE conductor | The King's Singers | Jonathan Scott organ | Chetham's Chamber Choir | St. George's Singers

Programme includes: John Rutter The Wind in the Willows, popular carols and Christmas music | Nigel Hess Christmas Overture | Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride | Traditional carols: O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night & Joy to the World

John Rutter, the most popular living choral composer in the world and doyen of Christmas music, hosts and conducts a star-studded evening. Expect a true musical feast, with plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the singing and festive fun.

Monday 11 December 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

International Concert Series

Joshua Bell violin

Vivaldi The Four Seasons (42’) | Edgar Meyer New work tbc (15’) | Beethoven Symphony No.2 in D (34’)

In this concert, Joshua Bell performs one of the most popular works in the repertoire, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and takes the leader’s chair in Beethoven’s exuberantly inventive Second Symphony.

Monday 22 January 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Czech Philharmonic Orchestra</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

International Concert Series

Tomáš Netopil conductor | Alisa Weilerstein cello

Mozart Overture, Don Giovanni (6’) | Dvorák Cello Concerto (43’) | Dvorák ‘New World’ Symphony No.9 (45’)

Alisa Weilerstein has recently recorded Dvorák's ever-popular Cello Concerto to great acclaim. The concert ends with Dvorák’s last and possibly greatest symphony – the New World.

Monday 12 February 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Stephen Hough</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Stephen Hough

International Concert Series

Stephen Hough piano

Debussy Clair de Lune & Images Book II (17’) | Schumann Fantasy in C Op.17 (30’) | Debussy La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune & Images Book I (20’) | Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op.57 'Appassionata' (24’)

Wirral-born and Chetham’s educated, Stephen Hough is a homegrown international talent. In this programme of sharp contrasts, the refined and intuitive French-ness of Debussy provides a serene haven from the stormy emotions of Beethoven and Schumann.

Monday 19 March 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Messiah: The English Concert</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Messiah: The English Concert

International Concert Series

The Erebus Ensemble | Tom Morris theatre director | Susanna Hurrell soprano | Catherine Wyn-Rogers contralto | Robert Murray tenor | Marcus Farnsworth bass

Handel Messiah (semi-staged) (135' including interval of 20 mins)

This acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production, directed by Tom Morris, is now restaged for The Bridgewater Hall, providing a rare chance to experience a powerfully dramatic account of Messiah and to rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.

Thursday 29 March 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

International Concert Series

Sir Roger Norrington conductor | Roger Montgomery horn

Mozart Symphony No.33 in B-flat K.319 (22’) | Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat K.495 (17’) | Horn Concerto No.1 in D K.412/514 (9’) | Symphony No.36 in C K.326 ‘Linz’ (28’)

Sir Roger Norrington was among the first innovators of the period instrument movement. Now the OAE’s Conductor Emeritus, he joins forces with the orchestra’s Principal Horn, Roger Montgomery, to explore an instrument which Mozart loved.

Friday 13 April 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Dresden Philharmonic</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Dresden Philharmonic

International Concert Series

Michael Sanderling conductor | Arabella Steinbacher violin

Weber Euryanthe Overture (9’) | Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor (24’) | Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor (35’)

Arabella Steinbacher makes her Manchester debut, before we hear Beethoven's iconic Fifth Symphony, taking us on a journey from fateful darkness to triumphant light.

Friday 25 May 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2018: Sacred and Profane</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2018: Sacred and Profane

International Concert Series

Harry Christophers conductor

Britten Hymn to the Virgin; Hymn to Saint Cecilia; A Shepherd’s Carol; Sacred and Profane | Cornysh My love she mourneth; Salve Regina; Ave Maria mater Dei; Woefully Array’d; Ah Robin, Gentle Robin

The title of this year's Choral Pilgrimage refers to Benjamin Britten’s last great choral piece. Britten’s virtuoso writing is placed alongside works by William Cornysh (1465-1523); whose music was written in the early Tudor florid style. In the works of both composers, worship of the feminine injects erotic charge into spiritual longing, bringing sacred and profane closer together.

Thursday 7 June 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




<h6><b>Murray Perahia</b>
<p>International Concert Series</h6>
Murray Perahia

International Concert Series

Murray Perahia piano

Programme to be announced

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time. On his last visit to Manchester, he produced a memorable performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata. Every performance by Murray Perahia is an occasion not to be missed.

Friday 15 June 2018 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall




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

International Concert Series

Parry Fantasia & Fugue in G | Edward Bairstow Toccata Prelude on Pange Lingua, Prelude No.1 & Prelude in C | Statham Rhapsody on a Ground | Gerald Hendrie Toccata & Fugue from Le Tombeau de Marcel Dupré | Howells Rhapsody No.3 in C-sharp minor | Davies Interlude in C | Campbell Canterbury Interlude | Willan Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E-flat minor


Associate Artist Wayne Marshall's programme reflects the rich but neglected tradition of British organ music. Some names will be familiar, such as Howells and Parry, but there is also music by less well-known figures.

Friday 22 June 2018 7.30 PM The Bridgewater Hall