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<h6><b>Open Rehearsal</b></h6>
La Serenissima: The Four Seasons
Open Rehearsal
La Serenissima: The Four Seasons
We invite you behind the scenes at The Bridgewater Hall with acclaimed period-instrument group, La Serenissima.

Friday 19 February 2016 2:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>La Serenissima: The Four Seasons</b></h6>
International Concert Series
La Serenissima: The Four Seasons
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 Orchestra</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
International Concert Series
Vasily Petrenko conductor | Simon Trpceski piano

Grieg Lyric Suite: Gangar (5’) | 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, Alison Prince & Bill Lloyd</b></h6>
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Northern Bards: Josephine Dickinson, Alison Prince & Bill Lloyd
Echoes Of A Mountain Song
Award-winning poet and shepherd, Josephine Dickinson, reads from her latest work, The Spirit of Moss Flats. She is joined by children’s author and poet, Alison Prince who has written the libretto for the series’ community opera, Get Weaving and actor and folk singer, Bill Lloyd who reads from Simon Armitage’s Walking Home, as well as a section of Basil Bunting’s poetic masterpiece Briggflats.

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