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WHAT’S ON January – July 2018

The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

A year ago in April, my colleagues and I unveiled the finest example of contemporary architecture and acoustic engineering this country has ever seen. Since then we’ve seen The Stoller Hall grow into a fully fledged concert venue, with a diverse and challenging programme, increasingly loyal audiences, and superb reviews from press and public alike. This Events Guide takes us up to our first birthday, and beyond. We’re delighted that the Hall is coming into its own as a leading venue for chamber music, as we enjoy rich partnerships with some of the most exciting voices on the local and national scene. Northern Chamber Orchestra celebrate their 50th anniversary with concerts featuring Gwilym Simcock and Raphael Wallfisch. Manchester Collective become our first Ensemble in Residence, with four innovative and inspiring concerts throughout the season. The Castalian Quartet - billed as one of the brightest emerging string quartets - play a mini-residency, with three events from November to May; and we’re delighted that Manchester Camerata will be with us for two contrasting events, first with three superb Mozart concertos and later with a unique fusion of Vivaldi and Metallica... For our most regular visitors, we’re also delighted to launch The Stoller Hall Members scheme - a way for us to thank you for your loyalty through advance sales, offers and invitations throughout the year, and zero booking fees on all tickets. Richard Hartwell, General Manager

Thank You As a registered charity, we are enormously grateful for all of the support that we receive. In particular, the creation and running of The Stoller Hall is only possible thanks to the generosity of the following Trusts and individuals. The Stoller Hall Founding Sponsor Stoller Charitable Trust Capital Supporters Garfield Weston Foundation The Oglesby Charitable Trust Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd Alan and Barbara Torevell Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement Kirby Laing Foundation Constance Travis Charitable Trust The Hobson Charity Jacana Care Trust Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust Programme Supporters The Haworth Trust Encore! Capital Supporters Name a Seat Donors Donors to the Round of Applause campaign Members of the Humphrey Chetham Club Outreach Supporters Arts Council England Booth Charities Ernest Cook Trust Hargreaves and Ball Trust Masonic Charitable Foundation The Zochonis Charitable Trust Corporate Sponsor Watson Lennard & Payne Ltd And the many individuals who wish to remain anonymous.

Registered charity no. 526702


Northern Chamber Orchestra with Gwilym Simcock



ADMISSION: £25, £18, £12

Half price tickets for students and under 18s

TIPPETT Sellinger’s Round Gwilym SIMCOCK Cumbrian Thaw DEBUSSY arr. SIMCOCK Children’s Corner HAYDN Symphony No. 85 ‘La Reine’

Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions. NCO are delighted to be forging a relationship with such a megastar and in this concert will be joined by young string players from Chetham’s, conducted for Cumbrian Thaw by Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at this centre for excellence that has produced so many of today’s musicians including Gwilym himself.

Book online at Book by telephone on 0333 130 0967 2-4pm, Monday to Friday Book in person Hunts Bank, M3 1DA 1-2.30pm, Monday to Friday We’ll be adding new events throughout the year as we talk to performers and promoters about this inspirational new space. Email to join our email list and make sure you’re part of the story.

Oliver Janes clarinet



KOVÁCS Homage a Manuel de Falla MARTINŮ Sonatina SCHUMANN Drei Romanzen DEBUSSY Première Rhapsodie Martyn Parkes piano

Oliver Janes was born and brought up in Manchester. He came to Chetham’s and afterwards studied at the Royal Academy of Music. After playing with various London orchestras he joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2014, and is now Section Leader at CBSO.


Friday 12 January, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £3 Free to students/u18s or with with recital ticket

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

An Evening with Julie Fowlis WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY, 7.45PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £24.50, £19.50, £17.50 Concessions on lower prices only: £18.50, £16.50

An evening with the multi-award winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, performing music from her latest album Alterum. Deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist, her ‘crystalline’ and ‘intoxicating’ vocals have enchanted audiences around the world for ten years, across four studio albums. Nominated as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and ‘Best Artist’ at the Songlines World Music Awards 2015, Julie is a warm and engaging live performer who has graced stages around the world. She sang live at the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Chicago in 2012 and at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games in 2014; and she will forever be recognised for singing the theme songs to the Disney film Brave, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland - the title song, Touch the Sky, became a smash hit and was longlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2013.


Name a seat in The Stoller Hall and leave a legacy that can be enjoyed for years to come. A named seat is a wonderful way to mark your support of Chetham’s, to celebrate a love of music or to remember a loved one, and can be yours for a donation from £500. For further information on naming a seat please visit or contact the Development Team: 0161 838 7241 Registered charity no. 526702

Manchester Collective: The Edge of Fantasy FRIDAY 26 JANUARY, 8PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18 (£5) Standard concessions, also available to jobseekers

PURCELL Fantasia Upon One Note BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2: II Molto adagio JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ GÓRECKI String Quartet No. 2, Op. 16 ‘Quasi una Fantasia’ Rakhi Singh violin Caroline Pether violin Alex Mitchell viola Nick Trygstad cello For us, there is always something special about playing string quartets. It’s something about the clarity and purity of the lineup - there are just four voices, and yet you can convey the whole range of human emotion. Unity, conflict, resolution, uncertainty - it’s all there. We wanted to start the year with a show that felt like the very purest expression of what Manchester Collective can be: a visceral live experience for audiences and performers alike, through great music. We perform all four of our shows this season at The Stoller Hall - I hope you can join us for the set. It’s going to be a hell of a year. Adam & The Collective

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer with special guest Teddy Thompson MONDAY 29 JANUARY, 7.45PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £34.50, £29.50, £24.50 Concessions on lower prices only: £28.50, £23.50

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, now with twentyfour albums and Grammy, Oscar, and many other kinds of awards and nominations between them, share a transcendent musical bond. It’s as deep, haunting, knowing, and beautiful as the Alabama woods they once called home. Both sang as soon as they could form words, but music is the only language they have ever needed to communicate with and understand each other. Not Dark Yet offers a glimpse into that understanding for the first time and finally, after years of trying to get it made, at the right time. Produced by Teddy Thompson and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2016, the album provides a potent look at their individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with a co-written Is It Too Much, to close out the ten-song set. Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


Family Event A Voyage Around the Orchestra SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY EARLY YEARS 10.15AM, OGLESBY ATRIUM | FREE

FAMILY CONCERT 11AM, THE STOLLER HALL | £8 (£6) | FAMILIES £25 What is an orchestra? What does it look like? Who plays in it? How does it work? Where does it live? Where does it get its music from? What happens when you hear it? So many questions! We’re looking for musical explorers to join us on a voyage of discovery using some of the BBC’s Ten Pieces I, II and III. You’ll need your curiosity and your imagination as you meet The Stoller Hall Outreach Ensemble to learn all about the amazing orchestra and how it works.


We think children aged 6 and over will enjoy this concert the most. TEACHERS: Schools concert on Friday 2 February, 1.30pm Book online or contact

The Heath Quartet TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £16, £12 * HAYDN Quartet in C major Jorg WIDMANN Quartet No. 2 RAVEL Quartet in F major

FEBR The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele MecklenburgVorpommern. Strong exponents of contemporary music, the Quartet have also worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Mackey. They took part in the European première of Steve Mackey’s Gaggle and Flock for string octet and the world première of John Musto’s Another Place with Carolyn Sampson at the Wigmore Hall. Generously supported by the Haworth Trust

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

Chetham’s Spring Music In the heart of Manchester is an oasis - a school where 300 of the country’s finest young musicians learn their craft. Taught by some of the city’s top professional musicians, many of them will go on to grace the concert stages of the future. Join them in concert in 2018, and tell the world you saw them here first. Visit for full listings

Concerto Finals SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY,

Mozart: Magic & Marriage

Sinfonia & Ensembles





4.30PM & 6.30PM





ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

Under the direction of mezzosoprano Margaret McDonald, Chetham’s Sixth Form singers perform semi-staged scenes from Mozart’s operas in the atmospheric setting of Chetham’s 15th century Baronial Hall.

Programme includes:

Judges include Martin Roscoe, Quentin Poole, Bob Riley and Stephen Threlfall

Chetham’s students vie for the chance to perform as soloists with the school’s flagship Symphony Orchestra. Join the finalists as they play for an elite panel of judges, and see if you can spot the winners! Drop in for an hour, or stay all day - the schedule will be published online shortly in advance.

Entrance via Long Millgate


Chetham’s younger orchestra performs alongside senior and junior ensembles from various musical departments, in a programme exploring music written for ballet. A full programme will be published online in advance.

Chetham’s Big Band with Iain Ballamy, saxophone


ADMISSION: £11 (£9)

Iain Ballamy director & soloist

Renowned British jazz saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy will feature as soloist and director with Chetham’s Big Bands in a programme of his own music. Described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references unencumbered by formality or tradition. Chetham’s Jazz department has produced some of the rising and established stars of the UK jazz scene, from pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock to young band Jam Experiment, who recently made their debut at Wigan International Jazz Festival with songs from their debut album.


Iain Ballamy jazz saxophone Wednesday 14 February, 4-5.30pm Admission: £3; free to students/u18s, or with concert ticket

Inside the Orchestra

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM




ADMISSION: £18, £15, £10 *


TOMASI Trombone Concerto SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 Lennox BERKELEY Sinfonia Concertante RAVEL Boléro Jade Hughes oboe Isobel Daws trombone Stephen Threlfall conductor

Stephen Threlfall presenter Take a seat onstage alongside the orchestra to explore the process of musical rehearsal, and the beautifully crafted orchestral framework of Sibelius’ final symphony and Ravel’s Boléro.

Chetham’s flagship ensemble ends the Spring Music week with a superb symphonic concert. Two talented young soloists present seldom performed yet virtuosic and engaging works for trombone and oboe, set alongside two orchestral masterworks. 30% discount with your ticket to Inside the Orchestra

“This is ‘just a school orchestra’? Close your eyes and you’d never believe it”

Manchester International Gospel Festival SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 6.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £12 | u12s FREE Amateur Choirs and singers from the UK, Europe and the USA come together with our Musical Director, the dynamic Wayne Ellington for a concert that will have you on your feet, clapping your hands. Wayne, who will compete in the BBC’s The Voice in 2018, is the leader of Manchester Inspirational Voices winners of the BBC, Songs of Praise, Gospel Choir of the Year, 2016 and who are our host choir for this event. This Concert is the culmination of the Manchester International Gospel Festival. Choirs and singers have travelled from near and far for a weekend of singing and socialising. At the concert, choirs will perform from their own repertoire before all the choirs and singers come together as a Massed Choir to perform songs that they learned in the Saturday workshop. It’s gonna be magic!

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


Thomas Riebl viola MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2.30-4.30PM ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Free to students and u18s


Joshua Batty flute WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY RECITAL 1.30PM | ADMISSION £8 (£6) MASTERCLASS 2.30-4.30PM | ADMISSION: £3 Masterclass free to students/u18s or with recital ticket

MARTIN Ballade SCHUBERT Die taupenpost ENESCU Cantabile e Presto Lloyd COLEMAN Haze POULENC Sonata Brenda Blewett piano

Endellion Quartet FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £21, £16, £12 * MOZART String Quartet No. 14 in G major BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 16 in F major WEBERN Six Bagatelles for String Quartet BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C minor

Nørthern Lights WED 28 FEBRUARY, 7PM ADMISSION: £6 (£5) String players from Chetham’s School of Music Barrat Due Institute of Music Chetham’s School of Music enjoys a long standing collaboration with Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, bringing teachers and young musicians together throughout the year to collaborate in rehearsal and performance. This February, young string players from both countries present a vibrant evening of chamber music by composers from northern Europe.

“A uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity” The Endellion is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. In Britain, they have appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. Their presence in London has been marked for many years by an annual series at Wigmore Hall, and over 38 years of playing together they have worked with guest artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Joshua Bell, Benjamin Grosvenor and Stephen Hough.

Manchester Collective: 100 Demons 100 DEMONS is Manchester Collective on the edge. It’s also a show about live strings and electronics. We’re presenting three sets of wild new music - music that is probably very different to anything you might have heard before.

THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18 (£5) Standard concessions, also available to jobseekers

SET ONE: Vessel Queen of Golden Dogs SET TWO: Steve REICH Violin Phase Jonathan HARVEY Ricercare una melodia XENAKIS Mikka S Edmund FINNIS Sister Robert ROWE Melting the Darkness Michael GORDON Industry


A lot of the material is brand new. In our first set, underground electronic artist Vessel presents a collection of live tracks from his latest album. The second set features our Music Director, Rakhi Singh, and special guest Oliver Coates. We’re thrilled to have Olly with us - he’s one of those rare ‘classical’ musicians who is constantly pushing the envelope, working at the cutting edge of the field.


SET THREE: Daniel ELMS 100 Demons (world première)

Daniel Elms composer/electronics The heart of show is 100 DEMONS, a Vessel electronics commissioned work written for Manchester Rakhi Singh violin Collective by Daniel Elms. When we asked Simmy Singh violin Dan about his piece, he told us stories about Ali Vennart viola politics and the media, about fear and Oliver Coates cello manipulation. 100 DEMONS comes from a very unusual place - we can’t wait for you to hear it.

Chamber Music for Flute and Piano: Syrinx MONDAY 5 MARCH, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL

ADMISSION: £18 (£14)

Clara SCHUMANN Drei Romanzen; Am Strande Robert SCHUMANN Die Meerfee; Sonata in A minor GAUBERT Sur l’eau; Madrigal for flute & piano DEBUSSY Syrinx FAURÉ Fantaisie for flute & piano; Sicilienne POULENC Sonata for flute & piano Eva Oertle flute Vesselin Stanev piano Swiss flautist Eva Oertle performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, with such acclaimed orchestras as Il Giardino Armonico, Brandenburg String Orchestra and the Festival Strings Lucerne. She presents a programme of Romantic music with Bulgarian pianist Vesselin Stanev, whose outstanding career has included prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competititon and Concours Marguerite Long.

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

French Baroque Project WEDNESDAY 7

Chamber Focus I: Wind, Brass, Percussion

Marcus Farnsworth





1PM & 4PM

MARCH, 2.30-4.30PM

ADMISSION: £6 (£5)



ADMISSION: £6 (£5)


Ticket gives entry to both concerts

Free to students & under 18s

Every Chetham’s student plays in a chamber group; and every chamber group has a spot in one of two days of chamber music making. Hear students aged 8-18, from across the Wind, Brass and Percussion departments, perform in small ensembles.

Baritone Marcus Farnsworth, a Chetham’s alumnus, has won the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and performed in major roles across the world. He works with Chetham’s Sixth Form singers to build vocal range and performance technique.

350 years since the birth of the French composer Francois Couperin, Chetham’s students perform chamber and cantata works by Baroque masters including Couperin, Rameau, Marais and Hotteterre. Supported by the Early Music Shop, Windstruments & Powell-Buffet-Crampon Entrance via Long Millgate


Martin & Eliza Carthy SUNDAY 18 MARCH, 7PM THE STOLLER HALL ADVANCE PURCHASE: £16.50, £14.50 Concessions available. On the door prices £18.50, £16.50

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever, a CD of traditional material entitled The Elephant, released in May 2014 on Topic Records. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.

“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all”

Chamber Choir

Katherine Bryan, flute






ADMISSION: £8 (£6)

ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Chetham’s Chamber Choir, directed by Stuart Overington, has performed with prestigious artists and ensembles including the Hallé, the Bach Choir and John Rutter. Their spring concert brings together students from across the school to celebrate the longer days in an evening of classical song repertoire.

Music from the album Silver Voice DVOŘÁK Romance No. 11 Works transcribed from some of the world’s most famous opera arias by Mozart, Puccini and Gershwin, performed by the scintillating Katherine Bryan as she explores the relationship between her instrument and the human voice. On its release by Chandos in October 2017, Silver Voice was featured as John Suchet’s Album of the Week on Classic FM.

Manchester Camerata: W.A.M. SATURDAY 7 APRIL, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £35, £28, £20 | u18s £3 MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds, K.452 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 15 in Bb major, K.450 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K.451 Gábor Takács-Nagy Conductor Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Piano Manchester Camerata continue their Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto recordings with Chandos Records, supported by Geoffrey Shindler OBE and the Manchester Camerata Trust. One of the world’s most eminent pianists, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, resumes this perfect partnership with Gábor, sophisticated yet accessible – affable yet astounding. The programme will include Mozart’s Piano Concertos No.15 in Bb Major & No.16 in D Major as well as his Quintet for Piano and Winds, performed by Camerata’s very own principal wind players.

Leonard Bernstein at 100


We welcome Nina Bernstein Simmons for a celebration of the life and music of her father, Leonard Bernstein

“Life without music is unthinkable. Life without music is academic. That is why my contact with music is a total embrace.” The Bernstein Beat


A Total Embrace: The Anniversaries of Leonard Bernstein



ADMISSION: £5 (£3)


performed by an orchestra of young musicians from the Greater Manchester Music Hub introduced & presented by Nina Bernstein Simmons

MAMBO! Joyous melodies and exuberant rhythms, written by Leonard Bernstein and performed by young musicians from across Greater Manchester in a unique introduction to music and the orchestra for all the family. We’re delighted to welcome Bernstein’s daughter, Nina Bernstein Simmons, to present the concert - and we’ll be relying on the audience to help out with a few crucial moments! We defy you to sit motionless in your chair when all these rhythms start cooking...

ADMISSION: £6 (£5) BERNSTEIN 27 Anniversaries for Piano performed by Chetham’s pianists Film screening: A Total Embrace (2005) introduced & presented by Nina Bernstein Simmons What makes music dance? Nina Bernstein Simmons explores the answer to that question in an evening rejoicing in her father’s unique music. The first half draws together Bernstein’s complete collection of ‘Anniversaries’, each of 27 miniatures written as a tribute to a different figure in the composer’s life, from Stephen Sondheim to Aaron Copland. After the interval, Nina introduces a rare screening of the intimate and revelatory 2005 film A Total Embrace, paying tribute to Bernstein’s life and music.

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


Stephan Picard violin WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL, 2.30-4.30PM ADMISSION: £3 Free to students & under 18s

Stephan Picard is Professor of Violin at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. He performs and teaches internationally as a chamber music partner and soloist, and as a member of the Michelangelo String Quartet. In this public masterclass he coaches young string players from Chetham’s in presentation, musicality and technique.

“Delivers the music as if every hearer is in the conductor’s shoes.” The Arts Desk at The Stoller Hall Opening Weekend

Castalian Quartet THURSDAY 19 APRIL, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £14 (£11) HAYDN String Quartet in C ‘Emperor’ BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in A minor ‘Rosamonde’ Sini Simonen violin Daniel Roberts violin Carlotte Bonneton viola Christopher Graves cello Rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the chamber music scene, the Castalian Quartet visits The Stoller Hall for the second concert in a mini-residency across the 2017-18 season. Formed in 2011 and selected by YCAT in 2016, the quartet were the only Europeans to progress to the live rounds of the Banff International Quartet Competition the same year. Previous winners of the Lyon and Kammermusik Hannover competitions, they studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, and have since performed across Europe including Aldeburgh, East Neuk, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Quartetaffairs (Frankfurt) and Turin Chamber Music Series.

Psappha: A Wonderful Day FRIDAY 20 APRIL, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £20 (£17.50) Early bird £17.50 (£15). Half price tickets for students and under 18s

Anna CLYNE A Wonderful Day Fausto ROMITELLI Amok Koma Mike WALKER New work (world première)* Steven MACKEY Deal Stephen Barlow conductor Mike Walker electric guitar Iain Dixon reeds Psappha explores the connections between jazz, rock and classical, centred around a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined for the piece by Mike himself, alongside reeds player Iain Dixon, combining classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical. Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle. * Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme

Chamber Focus II: Strings, Piano, Voice

Nørthern Lights




ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Ticket gives entry to three concerts

Chetham’s celebration of chamber music continues, with string players, pianists and vocalists aged 8-18 taking their turn on the stage. Enjoy a rich selection of chamber music and song performed by a wide variety of instruments and ensembles, showcasing the outstanding talents and teamwork of young musicians from the start to the finish of their Chetham’s careers.


Wind, brass & percussion players from Chetham’s School of Music Barratt Due Institute of Music Young musicians from Manchester and Norway come together for the culmination of six days of rehearsal and collaboration in both countries. An evening of music for chamber ensembles, Brass Band, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Orchestra - including music by Nielsen, Sibelius and Nordhagen, and a surprise item by John Williams!

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A Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Outreach Day SUNDAY 29 APRIL 1PM-5.30PM | PARTICIPANTS | £10 5PM | SHOWCASE | FREE & UNTICKETED THE STOLLER HALL For all woodwind, brass and percussion players grade 3 or above, age 11-18 An awesome day of workshops and rehearsals exploring the magic of Hollywood. Work with Chetham’s students and tutors to learn more about instrumental playing, and rehearse and perform film music arranged for Wind Band and Saxophone Ensemble. Children aged under 14 should be accompanied by an adult throughout the day. Tickets for accompanying adults are available free of charge.

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


Come to the Movies!

James Willshire piano THURSDAY 3 MAY, 1.30PM CAROLE NASH HALL ADMISSION: £8 (£6)

Heralded for performances of “spectacular musicanship” and “technical brilliance,” James Willshire performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. His programme forms part of a project to perform the complete cycle of Debussy’s solo piano works in 2018; the 100th anniversary of his death. Throughout the cycle, James juxtaposes works from the early and late phases of Debussy’s works, and from his most famous and lesserknown repertoire.


Thursday 3 May, 3-5pm Admission: £3 Free to students/u18s, or with recital ticket

Manchester Collective: Sirocco SATURDAY 5 MAY, 8PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18 (£5) Standard concessions, also available to jobseekers

Programme includes original and traditional African work, and additional repertoire by Bach, Sollima, Lawes, Debussy and Crumb There are very few musicians who can bewitch a room in the way that Abel Selaocoe can. While we were preparing for the launch of this season, we had a day of filming at a gorgeous discovered space in Hull, an old post office called Penny Red. Abel was there to perform Lamentatio by Giovanni Sollima for us, and the second he started, the room was transfixed. Adam Blyth, our filmmaker, told us that when he got home after the shoot, he made his wife watch every take of raw footage from each and every camera. When they were finished, they watched it all again. We’re also joined for this project by Abel’s band, Chesaba. Abel, Sidiki, and Alastair specialise in music from the Ivory Coast - together, we create a musical melting pot, bringing together two continents with ferocious and intense musical traditions. Above all, this show is about joy - it’s a celebration of life, of diversity, and of African culture. In an otherwise stormy season, SIROCCO is a beacon of light. See you at the party, Adam & The Collective

Family Event The Musical Menagerie

A Hargreaves and Ball Trust Family Concert

SATURDAY 12 MAY EARLY YEARS 10.15AM, OGLESBY ATRIUM | FREE FAMILY CONCERT 11AM, THE STOLLER HALL | £8 (£6) | FAMILIES £25 Strange creatures, colourful characters and mysterious happenings ... a magical musical tale to set your imagination on fire! Join The Stoller Hall Outreach Ensemble in its third family concert to discover the stories we can find in music. Firebirds, mountain kings and fantastic beasts combine in a spectacular Saturday morning quest for music’s most magical creatures.


We think children aged 6 and over will enjoy this concert the most. For younger children, we’ll be hosting musical activities in the Atrium from 10.15am until around 10.45am. Bring your little ones to meet some of the players and hear their musical instruments before the monster hunt begins! TEACHERS: We’re also offering this show to school groups on Thursday 10 May, 10.45am & 1.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch 50th Anniversary Season Finale SUNDAY 13 MAY, 3PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £25, £18, £12 Half price tickets for students and under 18s

MOZART Overture: Zauberflöte ELGAR Cello Concerto BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season finishes with a suitably celebratory concert with a return by NCO President and internationally renowned cellist, Raphael Wallfisch, playing the piece made famous by the great Jacqueline Du Pré, Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Either side of this contemplative and elegiac masterpiece are two of the most recognisable pieces in the repertoire; the overture to The Magic Flute, whose energy will bring any audience instantly to life, and Beethoven’s great C minor Symphony which opens with four hammer blows of fate, opening notes as portentous as they are famous, to lead us through what many regard to be the very apogee of western classical music. At the triumphant end of the symphony, the orchestra will be at very much full-strength with trumpets and trombones ensuring that the anniversary season ends in suitably triumphant style.

“A physics most rare and special, overlaid with an emotional world of similarly surpassing sublimity. There were times that I simply could not believe my ears.”

HAWORTH MASTERCLASS SERIES: Raphael Wallfisch cello Friday 11 May, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £5 Free to students/u18s

Castalian Quartet TUESDAY 22 MAY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £14 (£11) HAYDN String Quartet in Bb ‘The Sunrise’ FAURÉ String Quartet in E minor BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F ‘Rasumovsky’ The Castalian Quartet concludes its three-concert residency at The Stoller Hall with an evening of outstanding chamber music. The evening begins, appropriately, with the ‘Sunrise’ Quartet from Haydn’s Op. 76 - one of his most ambitious and unconventional works in the genre, opening with a sustained chord to represent the dawn. The programme concludes with the first of Beethoven’s virtuosic, Russianinfluenced ‘Rasumovsky’ quartets, which caught the attention of Viennese critics at their premiere in 1806 for their depth, complexity and outstanding technique.

Manchester Camerata: Vivaldi Rocks THURSDAY 31 MAY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £35, £28, £20 | u18s £3 Hugo Ticciati violin Bram van Sambeek bassoon Sven Figee Hammond organ Marijn Korff de Gidts drums Music Historian Richard Taruskin posits that the best way to truly appreciate the kind of raucous excitement that Vivaldi’s music caused in an audience would be to attend a modern day Rock gig. Hugo Ticciati aims to bring that same atmosphere back to a venue purpose built to capture the magic of Camerata, the stunning Stoller Hall. Ticciati combines Vivaldi Concertos with rock music arrangements of Muse, Metallica and Dream Theatre.

Manchester Collective: Rakhi/Katya WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE, 7.30PM CAROLE NASH HALL ADMISSION: £18 (£5) Standard concessions, also available to jobseekers

PROKOFIEV Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 CAGE Six Melodies BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2 KURTAG Solo violin set

BACH Solo violin set PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 Rakhi Singh violin Katya Apekisheva piano

RAKHI/KATYA is our smallest, most focussed show of the year, and yet our Music Director, Rakhi Singh, and Katya Apekisheva conjure up a whole world of sound from just two instruments. This is chamber music at the highest level - music of tremendous scope and passion performed by artists at the peak of their careers. Alongside the sonatas by Prokofiev and Beethoven, this show also gives Rakhi and Katya the chance to shine as soloists in work by Schumann, Kurtag, and Bach. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Manchester Collective show without a joker in the deck - John Cage’s Six Melodies for Violin and Piano, music of exquisite beauty and construction. We’ll leave you with the words of music journal Gramophone, who recently described Katya as “a profoundly gifted artist who has already achieved artistic greatness.” We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to close our first season at The Stoller Hall. You won’t want to miss it. Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

Chetham’s Summer Music The school term ends with Chetham’s students playing to the very best of their already impressive ability. Catch them before they bid school farewell, and move up towards greater stages across the world. Visit for full listings

Vocal Concert

Big Band







ADMISSION: £6 (£5)



ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

ADMISSION: £11 (£9)


Piano Leavers

Former students of Chetham’s world-class piano department include Stephen Hough, Peter Donohoe and Leon McCawley, to name but a few. This year’s leavers have already won awards at competitions across the world - in this evening’s concert, they bid farewell to their school days in their most accomplished recital yet.

Songs from throughout the ages are performed by Chetham’s Sixth Form singers in this final concert of their school careers. From classical lieder to contemporary showtunes, they showcase their superb vocal range, deep musical understanding and clarity of expression.

Plus 10% booking fee On the door price £13

Chetham’s Jazz Department’s ever- popular end of year concert gets the audience swinging with an exuberant mix of classic and contemporary numbers. Music from our three Big Bands, coupled with improvisation and agility in abundance from an array of smaller combos.

Chetham’s Composers

Sinfonia & Ensembles

Inside the Orchestra








ADMISSION: £6 (£5)


Programme includes GOUNOD Faust Ballet Music

The Stoller Hall is committed to helping audiences gain new musical knowledge - whether they’re taking their first steps into the classical repertoire, or concert going is already second nature. Director of Music Stephen Threlfall invites audiences to step Inside the Orchestra, taking a seat onstage to explore the music from Friday’s Symphony Orchestra concert in rehearsal, and exploring its techniques and cultural context.

ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

Chetham’s award-winning composition department is already setting trends in new music; students have been recognised in the BBC Proms Inspire competition every year since 2010, and this year have had music performed at HOME and alongside works by MarkAnthony Turnage in the New Music North West festival. In June, they take over The Stoller Hall to present new music for larger ensembles.

Chetham’s Sinfonia, made up of students aged around 11-16, has taken on some challenging repertoire in recent years, performing alongside Vanessa Redgrave to mark the WWI centenary. This summer they continue their exploration of ballet music, with a programme including dances from Gounod’s opera, Faust.

Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

uble Bass

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra

“We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams...”

FRIDAY 6 JULY, 7.30PM THE BRIDGEWATER HALL ADMISSION: £20 | £18.20 CONC. | £11 u16s Prices include £2 booking fee ELGAR The Music Makers HOLST The Planets with MATTHEWS Pluto Margaret McDonald mezzo soprano Jac van Steen conductor Chetham’s Chorus St George’s Singers

Two giants of the orchestral repertoire are conducted by the acclaimed conductor, Jac van Steen. Elgar’s heartfelt cantata The Music Makers celebrates the central role of the arts in human society - a fitting theme for a concert performed by the next generation of performers. Through masterly orchestration and vocal lines performed by the combined choruses and mezzo soprano Margaret McDonald, it offers a profound reflection on music and the arts. The second half lifts us from the earth to the spheres, as Holst’s The Planets takes us on a journey through the solar system. From the unmistakeable rhythms which open Mars, the Bringer of War, to the ethereal, invisible voices of Neptune and Colin Matthews’ latter day addition, Pluto, Holst’s powerful imagining of the sounds of the universe remains one of the most popular works in the symphonic repertoire. 30% discount with your ticket to Inside the Orchestra

Family Event

Sports Day! SATURDAY 14 JULY EARLY YEARS 10.15AM, OGLESBY ATRIUM | FREE FAMILY CONCERT 11AM, THE STOLLER HALL | £8 (£6) | FAMILIES £25 Summer means the World Cup, Wimbledon and Cricket. Celebrate all things sporty in this fantastic concert of sporty sounds - and don’t forget your team colours!


We think children aged 6 and over will enjoy this concert the most. For younger children, we’ll be hosting musical activities in the Atrium from 10.15am until around 10.45am. Bring your little ones to meet some of the players and hear their musical instruments before the concert kicks off! TEACHERS: We’re also offering this show to school groups on Thursday 12 July, 10.45am & 1.30pm

CHETHAM’S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL AND FESTIVAL FOR PIANISTS Friday 17 - Wednesday 29 August A source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing, the Summer School - now in its 18th year - continues to grow and develop as a ‘piano republic of equals’. There is no other summer school that caters for players at every level - adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome as concert pianists, professional teachers and aspiring young artists. Join the Summer School as a participant or observer, or book tickets for one or more events in the recital programme, including Bach Goldberg Variations, Brahms sonatas and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in its two piano format. Orchestral concerts this year focus on Romantic concertos by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Litolff, Grieg, Addinsell and Gershwin.

Booking information Book Online Visit to book online. You can view a plan of The Stoller Hall and select your own seats when booking. For most events, you may choose to print tickets at home, collect them at the Box Office, or have them posted to you for an additional fee. Book by Telephone Call 0333 130 0967 to book by telephone. Phone lines are open from 2-4pm Monday to Friday, and from 1 hour prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall. Book in Person Call into our Box Office from 1-2.30pm, Monday to Friday, or prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall. Booking Fees A booking fee of up to £2 applies to all tickets booked online or by telephone to events across Chetham’s. Tickets bought in person will not incur booking charges. If you would like to have your tickets posted to you, an additional fee of £2 per order will be charged. Full details are available on our website terms and conditions. Concessions Concessions for full time students, audiences under the age of 19 and those over the age of 65 are available on most events promoted by Chetham’s. This concession is 20% on all asterisked events. Other concessions are shown in brackets, or beneath the main pricing information.

Access The Stoller Hall, Carole Nash Hall and all spaces within Chetham’s new building are fully accessible, with lifts and disabled toilet facilities on every floor. Spaces are available for wheelchair users on both Stalls and Balcony level. Assistance animals are welcome, and Sennheiser in-ear hearing aids may be borrowed from Box Office. Members of our Access Scheme may request a free seat for an essential companion. It helps us to know about your needs in advance so we can ensure you are suitably seated; please call 0333 130 0967 or visit for full details of our facilities and to join the Access scheme. This brochure is available in large print and in a text-only format suitable for e-readers. Group Bookings For concerts promoted by The Stoller Hall, groups of 9+ may enjoy a 10% discount, and no booking fees, when tickets are purchased and collected in a single transaction. Further reductions may occasionally be possible for schools and educational groups. For other concerts, please contact us to enquire about group discounts. Terms and conditions: By booking any ticket via Chetham’s, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Full details may be found on our website. Tickets are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. Proof of ID may be requested, including proof of any concession claimed. All ticket holders aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We reserve the right to refuse admission to ticket holders whose behaviour may affect the enjoyment of other audience members. Recording, photography and filming within the event is forbidden, and mobile phones and other communication devices should be switched off unless otherwise instructed. Latecomers or audience members leaving the auditorium may not be readmitted until a suitable break in the performance. Bag checks will be in operation for most public events. Large bags or cases will not be permitted onsite and we reserve the right to refuse entry. Full security guidelines may be viewed on our website.

Events at a glance JANUARY Friday 12 Friday 12 Wednesday 24 Friday 26 Monday 29 FEBRUARY Saturday 3 Sunday 4 Tuesday 6 Sunday 11 Sunday 11 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 14 Friday 16 Sunday 25 Wednesday 28 Wednesday 28 MARCH Friday 2 Saturday 3 Monday 5 Wednesday 7 Saturday 10 Sunday 18 Tuesday 20 APRIL Saturday 7 Tuesday 10 Saturday 14 Monday 16

1.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 7.45pm

Oliver Janes, clarinet Northern Chamber Orchestra & Gwilym Simcock Julie Fowlis Manchester Collective: The Edge of Fantasy Shelby Lynne & Alison Moorer

Carole Nash Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

10.15am & 11am 10am 7.30pm 2pm 4.30pm & 6.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 1.30pm 7pm

Family Event: A Voyage Through the Orchestra Chetham’s Concerto Finals The Heath Quartet Inside the Orchestra Scenes from Mozart’s Operas Chetham’s Sinfonia & Ensembles Chetham’s Big Band & Iain Ballamy Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius | Ravel Manchester International Gospel Festival Joshua Batty, flute Nørthern Lights: Strings

The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall Baronial Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall Carole Nash Hall Carole Nash Hall

7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 5.30pm 1pm & 4pm 7.30pm 7pm

Endellion Quartet Manchester Collective: 100 Demons Chamber Music for Flute and PIano: Syrinx French Baroque Project Chamber Focus I Martin & Eliza Carthy Chetham’s Chamber Choir

The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall Baronial Hall Carole Nash Hall The Stoller Hall Carole Nash Hall

7.30pm 1.30pm 11.30am & 2pm 7.30pm

Manchester Camerata: W.A.M. Katherine Bryan, flute The Bernstein Beat A Total Embrace: Bernstein’s Anniversaries

The Stoller Hall Carole Nash Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

Thursday 19 Fri 20 - Sat 21

7.30pm 7pm, 1pm & 4pm

Castalian Quartet: Haydn | Britten | Schubert Chamber Focus II: Strings, Piano, Voice

The Stoller Hall

Friday 20


Psappha: A Wonderful Day

The Stoller Hall

Saturday 28


Nørthern Lights: Wind, Brass, Percussion

The Stoller Hall

Sunday 29


Outreach event: Come to the Movies!

The Stoller Hall

MAY Thursday 3 Saturday 5 Saturday 12

1.30pm 8pm 10.15am & 11am

James Willshire, piano Manchester Collective: Sirocco Family Event: The Musical Menagerie

Carole Nash Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

Sunday 13 Tuesday 22 Thursday 31 JUNE/JULY Monday 25

3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra & Raphael Wallfisch The Stoller Hall Castalian Quartet: Haydn | Fauré | Beethoven The Stoller Hall Manchester Camerata: Vivali Rocks! The Stoller Hall


Piano Leavers’ Concert

The Stoller Hall

Tuesday 26


Vocal Concert

The Stoller Hall

Tuesday 26


Chetham’s Big Band

Band on the Wall

Wednesday 27


Chetham’s Composers

The Stoller Hall

Wednesday 27


Manchester Collective: Rakhi/Katya

Carole Nash Hall

Sunday 1


Inside the Orchestra

The Stoller Hall

Tuesday 3 Friday 6 Saturday 14

7pm 7.30pm 10.15am & 11am

Chetham’s Sinfonia & Ensembles Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Elgar | Holst Family Event: Sports Day!

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The Stoller Hall Events Guide: January - July 2018  
The Stoller Hall Events Guide: January - July 2018