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The Stoller Hall Classical Season Autumn Winter 2019-20

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Classical Season Autumn Winter 2019-20 The Stoller Hall is a bold new player on Manchester’s classical music scene. Award winning visual design, world leading acoustics and a warm welcome await audiences, in a series of orchestral concerts, chamber music and brass band performances featuring many of the world’s leading performers. The Stoller Hall is the venue of choice for music lovers and performers alike. We’re delighted to present a classical and chamber music season including leading orchestras, world-class quartets and challenging new performances. This guide highlights our classical and chamber music programme up to spring 2020. We’re adding new events regularly, so make sure you’re on our mailing lists, or pick up flyers when you visit us, to ensure you have the latest news.

The Stoller Hall Chamber Music Series The Stoller Hall has been designed to create a flawless venue for chamber music. Shaped to guide sound toward the listening audience, detached from the ambient noise of the city, finished with acoustic oak panels and fitted with flexible banners to adjust and finesse every note, its remarkable sound quality has earned applause from audiences and performers alike. Our very own chamber music series brings together some of the finest instrumentalists and ensembles working across the world today, with a special focus on artists trained in the centre of Manchester at Chetham’s School of Music. Save money when you visit regularly Save 20% when you book three or more Chamber Music Series events Save 30% when you book five or more Chamber Music Series events

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The Arts Desk Beethoven Piano Trios Tuesday 17 September, 7pm Tuesday 1 October, 7pm Tuesday 12 November, 7pm Carole Nash Hall Jiafeng Chen violin Nicholas Jones cello Jianing Kong piano £9 £6.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Music for Organ and Brass Tuesday 1 October, 7.30pm Manchester Cathedral David Hill organ Chetham's Brass Ensemble £16, £11 £13, £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Cover: Sheku Kanneh-Mason - see page 6 © Lars Borges

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In spring 2019, the ‘technically brilliant’ violinist Jiafeng Chen performed the entire Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the intimate setting of the Carole Nash Hall, accompanied by virtuosic pianist Jianing Kong. They return to present the complete cycle of Piano Trios over three concerts, joined by distinguished cellist Nicholas Jones, to celebrate the great composer in the autumn preceding his 250th birthday.

"What an extraordinary contribution to our nation's musical life he has made!" The Telegraph As a choirmaster, conductor, composer and organist, David Hill is renowned for his fine musicianship and his distinguished achievement across the sector. The holder of prestigious posts including Music Director of the Bach Choir and Associate Guest Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he returns to the place where it all began - Chetham's School of Music and Manchester Cathedral - where he launched his musical training in earnest. David is joined by outstanding young brass players from Chetham's as he performs for the first time on the magnificent Stoller Organ in neighbouring Manchester Cathedral.

Jennifer Pike - see page 5 © Arno

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Brodsky Quartet with Martin Roscoe Thursday 10 October, 7.30pm £20, £13 £17, £11.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Chamber Music Series | 5 ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82 String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts across the world. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has ensured the quartet a rich and varied musical existence, whilst its energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide.

Fitzwilliam String Quartet Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm £17, £15, £11 £13.80 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

The quartet is joined by celebrated North West pianist Martin Roscoe for an all-Elgar programme. This trio of works, all composed in 1918, were amongst the great composer’s last, and enjoy rich Manchester connections. The Quartet was written for an earlier Brodsky Quartet following a meeting in the city; whilst the Quintet is dedicated to Ernest Newman, then critic of the Manchester Guardian.

Murray McLachlan piano Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

BRAHMS The Three Piano Sonatas Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1 Sonata No. 2 in F# major, Op. 2 Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Murray McLachlan is Chetham’s Head of Keyboard, as well as a former student of the school, Chair of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK and Director and Founder of Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists. Murray performs all three of Brahms’ Piano Sonatas, written within a year from 1852-53, whilst Brahms was only 19 and 20 years old. In the extensive Third Sonata Brahms draws heavily on Beethoven, with motives from the earlier composer’s Fifth Symphony recurring throughout its five movements.

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Tuesday 19 November, 7.30pm £17, £15, £11 £13.80 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet Movement in Eb major ‘Unfinished Quartet’ MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’ SHOSTAKOVICH Two Pieces for String Quartet: Elegy & Polka HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op. 50 No. 6 ‘The Frog’

Since its debut performance in 1969, the Fitzwilliam has become one of the longest established string quartets in the world, achieving international recognition for its close association with Dmitri Shostakovich and championing of his works; the great composer himself described the Fitzwilliams as his, “preferred performers of my quartets”. The Fitzwilliams share a 50th anniversary year in 2019 with Chetham’s School of Music, and appear as part of the School’s celebratory chamber music programme with alumna Sally Pendlebury performing on cello. Their virtuosic programme includes two works by Shostakovich himself, alongside one of Mozart’s most celebrated compositions in the genre and Haydn’s witty and energetic ‘The Frog’.

Jennifer Pike violin Tuesday 3 December, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

BACEWICZ Polish Capriccio ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82 Jeremy PIKE Violin Sonata RÓSZA Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song, Op. 4

Renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique," the unique artistry of Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm since she won the BBC Young Musician competition aged 12, whilst studying at Chetham's. Jennifer's interest in repertoire which shares her Polish heritage has seen her curate a three day festival at Wigmore Hall and, in early 2019, release her new album, The Polish Violin, to critical acclaim. In this concert she combines Eastern Europe with English idyll in Elgar's Violin Sonata, inspired by the 'wood magic' of his local Sussex woodland; and with a work written by her father, Jeremy Pike, to celebrate his own 60th birthday.

Programme includes: Carlos Rafael RIVERA Cumba-Quin REINHARDT arr. Mike BAKER Minor Swing from Chocolat Catriona McKAY arr. Mike BAKER The Swan LK243 Clarice ASSAD Danças Nativas

The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its quality of performance, expansive repertoire and ground breaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. Featuring the Grammy nominated Danças Nativas by Clarice Assad, arrangements from much loved films including Chocolat, and an eclectic mix from the group’s five highly praised Chandos CDs, this programme draws on music from around the globe and includes many of the quartet’s most popular pieces. Aquarelle Guitar Quartet © Sam Ryley

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Fitzwilliam String Quartet © Peter Searle

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Paul Lewis piano Thursday 12 December, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Miloš Karadaglić guitar Wednesday 15 January, 7.30pm £27

Miloš Karadaglić

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Guy Johnston cello Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm

£30 £24 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

Orchestral Programme | 7 BEETHOVEN 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 143/D784

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. A former Chetham’s student, he closes the Striking Gold Piano Series – and the School's 50th anniversary year – with a recital featuring Schubert’s profound, posthumous Piano Sonata in A minor, and Beethoven’s intricate, virtuosic Diabelli Variations. The winner of numerous awards, and one of the foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire, Paul has performed in venues from London’s Royal Festival Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall, and as a frequent guest at prestigious festivals including Tanglewood, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms. He was made a CBE in 2016, and is co-Artistic Director of the Midsummer Music Festival in Buckinghamshire. Firmly positioned as a leading exponent of his instrument, Miloš Karadaglić continues to top record charts and delight audiences worldwide. The first ever guitarist to have performed in solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall, where his performance saw him acclaimed as, “not only a magician, but a serious and accomplished musician” (The Guardian). A champion of both classical guitar repertoire and contemporary composers, Miloš has premièred works by Joby Talbot and Howard Shore, among many others, and release global success with three albums released on Deutsche Grammophon. His first ever visit to The Stoller Hall provides a rare opportunity to hear “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) in an intimate acoustic in which every touch of the string comes vividly to life.

Orchestral Programme The Stoller Hall welcomes some of the most talented ensembles and soloists from across the UK, celebrating established and emerging talent alongside outstanding partner orchestras. Manchester Camerata are redefining what orchestras can do, and, in The Stoller Hall, are undertaking an exciting project to record Mozart’s entire piano concertos for the first time in Manchester. Our Ensemble in Residence Northern Chamber Orchestra – the Musicians of the Powerhouse – continue their Manchester series with cello maestro Raphael Wallfisch, whilst we're visited for the first time by the acclaimed Sinfonia Cymru and accordionist James Crabb. And, as befits our home at Chetham’s School of Music, we celebrate the staggering virtuosity of its young musicians in concerts by Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductors Paul Mann and Franz Anton Krager.

Manchester Camerata: Mozart, Made in Manchester Wednesday 25 September, 7.30pm Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor £37.50, £30.50, £22.50 £33.95-£19.45 for audiences aged 60+ and jobseekers £4 for under 19s £3 for students

Since their successes, both have carved out exciting performance careers as chamber musicians, soloists and recording artists exploring both classical and cutting edge repertoire. Recent highlights include Guy's album release, Themes and Variations (2019), recorded with Tom Poster at The Stoller Hall; and Sheku's performances at the BBC Proms, and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, during 2018. Guy Johnston © Kaupo Kikkas

Manchester Camerata continues an ambitious project to perform and record Mozart’s complete piano concertos and opera overtures for the first time in Manchester, with a quartet of Chetham’s students joining the orchestra onstage in concert and rehearsal to benefit from the expert guidance of Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy. The partnership between Gábor and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has gained effusive praise across the first three concerts in the cycle, augmented by the energy and talent of Manchester Camerata and the young players at their sides.

Two titans of the cello playing world come together in concert. Sixteen years apart, both Guy Johnston and Sheku KannehMason blazed into the public consciousness as standout winners of the BBC Young Musician competition.

MOZART Overture to Il ré pastore, K. 208 Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246 Overture from Zaide, K. 344 Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb major, K. 271 ‘Jeunehomme’

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Petrushka Friday 18 October, 7.30pm Paul Mann conductor Yixuan Ren violin £19, £16, £11 £15.40 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 STRAVINSKY Petrushka

Chetham’s alumnus Paul Mann – former Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and noted for his musicality, versatility and breadth of repertoire – conducts the School’s flagship orchestra in Petrushka, Stravinsky’s ballet burlesque, animating the lives and loves of a puppet trio and the revelry of Mardi Gras. Preceding the symphony will be Tchaikovsky’s only violin concerto, its lyrical, folk inspired solo part performed by 15 year old Yixuan Ren, a winner of Chetham’s 2019 Concerto Auditions; and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses, begun as an arrangement for ballet and developed into a more complex and contrasting symphonic work.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges

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Sinfonia Cymru with James Crabb accordion Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm Tickets from £15

PIAZZOLLA Libertango; Romance del Diablo; La Muerte del Angel PÄRT Fratres VIVALDI Concerto in F major, RV 542 Kalevi AHO Kolme Tangoa A AGRI/J CARLI Desde Adentro PIAZZOLLA Aconcagua Concerto

Sinfonia Cymru is a dynamic chamber orchestra comprising players in the early years of their professional careers, all aged under 30 and drawn from the best young freelance musicians across the UK. Alongside their immense talent, they bring unbridled commitment and enthusiasm to their playing, something that is often commented upon by audience members. Sinfonia Cymru is an orchestra in demand - In the 18/19 season, they have performed Tosca with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Abu Dhabi Festival, were chosen for the opening concert of Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th birthday tour, and toured Wales with Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

James Crabb

HOLST St Paul’s Suite in C major, Op. 29 No. 2 TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 WEINBERG Cello Concertino, Op. 43 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, D485

Friday 8 November, 7.30pm

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most distinguished solo cellists of our time, is also President of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He plays Tchaikovsky’s original version of the Rococo Variations, which marries the expressive power of the instrument with the virtuosity of its player.

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Raphael Wallfisch © Alastair Merrill

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TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet, TH 42/ČW 39 Keiko ABE Prism Rhapsody BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116

Friday 14 February, 7.30pm

How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night Like softest music to attending ears!

Franz Anton Krager conductor Fang Zhang marimba

Love shines through in this Valentine’s Day programme by the talented young players of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra – love of music, love of country, and of course, the romantic love at the heart of Tchaikovsky’s Shakespeare-inspired Fantasy Overture.

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First, and fittingly, comes Romeo and Juliet; a musical interpretation of three key themes from the famous tale – faith, war, and love. The programme continues with a tour de force concerto for marimba, performed by 16 year old Fang Zhang, showcasing the unique connection between soloist and orchestra. Finally, we hear Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a celebration of every instrument onstage and, at the same time, a reminiscence for the exiled composer’s lost homeland - a stunning showpiece for any orchestra.

Appearing with Sinfonia Cymru is the Scottish accordionist, James Crabb. For those of you who might think of the accordion as just a ‘squeeze box’, James is the man to change your mind. His playing combines technical virtuosity with the utmost musical sensitivity. James is well-used to playing in a chamber orchestra context, having formed a fruitful partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since moving there a few years ago. The programme includes his own arrangements of Piazzolla repertoire, his speciality, alongside music by Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Finnish composer, Kalevi Aho.

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch cello

£27, £19, £13

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra

Raphael gives the UK première of the concertino by Mieczysław Weinberg, a contemporary of Shostakovich who surpassed his friend in the quantity of symphonies and quartets he composed, and whose work has recently gained recognition from critics and audiences alike. First though, Gustav Holst shows the perfection of his string writing in the St Paul’s Suite, making characterful use of folk tunes; whilst the evening ends with the ever fresh Fifth Symphony by the youthful Franz Schubert.

The Second Manchester Vocal Festival Sunday 1 March Marcus Farnsworth Artistic Director The Manchester Vocal Festival returns for its second year in spring 2020, providing an opportunity for lovers of song to take part, listen and explore. Under the inspiring leadership of Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth - an award winning baritone and founder of the 'imaginative, beautiful and creative' Southwell Music Festival - the inaugural event presented a rich artistic programme of lieder, operatic repertoire, workshops and masterclasses. With a full programme still to be announced during the autumn, we're delighted to continue working closely with the phenomenally successful Leeds Lieder Festival, once again bringing its most successful elements 'on tour' across the Pennines.

Marcus Farnsworth

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Manchester Collective Bold and uncompromising, Manchester Collective create radical human experiences through live music. As Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall, they’re working closely with us to ensure our performances are for everybody - where it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned concert-goer, or if it’s your first time; where we don’t care if you don’t know your Beethoven from your Brahms, or your Biber from your Bieber. Join them with all your senses open; and they will create something extraordinary.

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Best of Brass The Stoller Hall hosts the superb concert series, Best of Brass, featuring many of the country’s finest brass bands in concert and competition. The Autumn Winter season sees performances by the outstanding Foden’s Band; the world famous Black Dyke Band and, for Christmas, the world’s number one ranked Cory Band. It's a superb opportunity for brass lovers to enjoy the very best ensembles, brought to still more scintillating life in the brilliant acoustic of The Stoller Hall. Best of Brass is promoted by, an online streaming service showcasing many of the most significant brass band events from around the world. Programme announced summer 2019

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Explore the programme of Classical & Chamber music at The Stoller Hal

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