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WHAT’S NEW Opening Season April – August 2017 The Stoller Hall, Hunt’s Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

“The opening of The Stoller Hall is hugely exciting, not only as an astonishing new venue for Manchester, but also as the home of the artistic, cultural and social vision that lies at the heart of our development at Chetham’s. The passion, creativity and connectivity that has gone into the Opening Weekend will resonate throughout all the events in our first season. I hope it will inspire our loyal friends and new audiences, supporters and performers alike, to share in the atmosphere and the intimacy of the Hall. We are so proud to welcome you to The Stoller Hall, and invite you to join us in this new chapter in Chetham’s story.” Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham’s “This new hall is not just devastatingly beautiful but more importantly acoustically unrivalled (quite possibly in the world). What’s more, these acoustics are adjustable which will allow for a huge range of performance activity, symbiotically benefiting visiting artists, audiences and the school with a 21st century concert experience. Situated directly opposite Victoria Station, you can get from tram to seat in under a minute but the outstanding design means you don’t hear any city centre noise once inside. We are delighted to welcome Neil Brand with the Dodge Brothers (featuring Mark Kermode) to bring sound to the silent movies in Beggars of Life. Tord Gustavsen brings his latest trio project to Manchester featuring vocalist Simin Tander and multi-award winning troubadour Chris Wood delivers pithy folk song for the Internet age. The Carducci Quartet continue our Shostakovich cycle with quartets No.2 and No.15 and Manchester Camerata get up close and personal with a unique project staged in the round. We’re hugely excited about the potential for The Stoller Hall and can’t wait for you to experience it too.” Richard Hartwell, General Manager, The Stoller Hall

With thanks to our supporters: The Stoller Charitable Trust The Garfield Weston Foundation Sodexo

The building of the Hall 2012 A flawless new building becomes home and school to the country’s finest young musicians. It’s perfect except for one gaping hole. Fundraising begins to turn a long-cherished dream of Chetham’s Concert Hall into reality.

2015 The generosity of the Stoller Charitable Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation allows building to commence. So begins an intense and exciting cycle of decisions, design and deliveries.

2017 The Stoller Hall opens. BE PART OF THE STORY.

The Stoller Hall opens with a vibrant weekend of music, dance, visual art and conversation. Book early to hear performances by leading international artists, or drop in to enjoy refreshments, free music and visual art in the Oglesby Atrium. Throughout the Opening Weekend, call in for a drink and to enjoy exhibitions by photographer Tom Bangbala and by artist James Mayhew, whose panels have been created with schoolchildren from across Greater Manchester. THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO COME… This short opening season is designed to offer a taste of what The Stoller Hall can offer to audiences and to performers, for classical and chamber music, contemporary artists, comedy and spoken word. We’re getting more calls every week as performers and promoters learn about this inspirational new space – so flick through these pages, get a sense of what we already have planned, but make sure you visit us online, join our mailing list or follow us on social media to be part of the story as even more exciting dates go on sale in 2017! f TheStollerHall t @StollerHall



BBC Radio 3’s In Tune broadcasts live from The Stoller Hall in the very first event open to a public audience, presenting live music transmitted from the stage alongside interviews and conversation with a panel of guests from across the Opening Weekend. Free tickets will be available via the BBC approximately one month prior to the event. Join our mailing list, or follow us on social media, to make sure you don’t miss out.

Gwilym Simcock, Thomas Gould & Mike Walker FRIDAY 21 APRIL, 8PM

“ Engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible.”


Gwilym Simcock piano, Thomas Gould violin, Mike Walker guitar Friday night sounds from a trio of modern musical innovators. Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock returns to his musical roots alongside Manchester legend Mike Walker and violinist Thomas Gould. Three musicians who refuse to be bound by genre, combine their sounds into a rousing, compelling opening concert in the city’s finest auditorium.

“ There is a certain breathlessness… as of a mortally wounded bird, which has a beauty and pathos of its own.” Martin Cooper


Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor with dancers from Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne Nicholas Jones cello, Brenda Blewett piano Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp Belinda Gough flute, Graham Oppenheimer viola, Eleanor Hudson harp Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor with dancers from the Hammond School, Chester Jiafeng Chen violin, Nicholas Oliver piano

The three completed works from Debussy’s planned cycle of six sonatas are performed in their entirety, in a specially created, one-hour performance accompanied by new choreography by Chetham’s partner schools.

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From The Ground Up SATURDAY 22 APRIL, 11.15AM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £5 Michael Betteridge composer & director A brand new piece by Manchester-based composer Michael Betteridge, specially written for young musicians from across Greater Manchester in collaboration with Greater Manchester Music Hub and MyHub. Manchester is a city always growing again; from its politics to its buildings, its economy to its musical life. Duration 1 hour approx.


Urban Family SATURDAY 22 APRIL, 1PM & 5.30PM OGLESBY ATRIUM ADMISSION: Free Gabriella Swallow cello, Lizzie Ball violin/vocals Pedro Segundo percussion, Bartek Glowacki accordion Kate Threlfall guest vocalist Celebrated cellist Gabriella Swallow presents two performances with her Urban Family; a gathering of dynamic musicians who share her eclecticism, passion and integrity. Their 1pm performance is especially designed for younger audiences attending the weekend’s daytime events.

Navarra String Quartet SATURDAY 22 APRIL, 3.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £15, £12.50, £10* SCHUBERT Quartetsatz, BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 1 in F major SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 5 The Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. They open the second movement of the 2017 Shostakovich season, a cycle of all fifteen String Quartets, performed as we approach the centenary of Red October and the Russian Revolution. Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich season to receive a 20% discount.

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Opening Celebration Concert SUNDAY 23 APRIL, 4PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £30, £25, £20* WALTON arr. PALMER music from Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes Chetham’s Chamber Orchestra Orchestra of special guest artists Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano Paul Lewis piano David Threlfall narrator# Stephen Threlfall conductor Sir Mark Elder conductor Manchester Chamber Choir The Stoller Hall is officially launched with an Opening Celebration Concert featuring conductors Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Threlfall, soloists Paul Lewis and Kitty Whately, and a host of superb musicians in two orchestras; one of Chetham’s superb music students, the second of its alumni, staff and friends. Shakespeare’s immortal words open the concert as Walton’s music for the 1944 Olivier film, Henry V, marks the Hall’s auspicious beginnings on what is both St George’s Day and the anniversary of the bard. Two superb soloists – both Chetham’s alumni – lead the ensembles in Brahms’ passionate Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s virtuosic Second Concerto, as Director of Music Stephen Threlfall hands the conductor’s baton to Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé, for the second half of the performance. He is joined by a specially formed professional ensemble, bringing together players from the region’s leading ensembles for Ginastera’s mini-concerto for orchestra; a fitting showpiece to end an afternoon celebrating the versatility and quality of this superb new concert hall. A very limited number of tickets for this VIP Opening Concert are being released to the general public. All guests are invited to arrive from 3pm to raise a toast to The Stoller Hall at its official opening. Drinks for the toast are included in your ticket price. If you’re not one of the lucky few to obtain a ticket in the first release, do join our waiting list – we hope to make additional seats available to the public in early March.

“The brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”


Subject to other performance commitments

HAWORTH MASTERCLASS SERIES Marcus Farnsworth, baritone: Recital and Masterclass WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL, RECITAL 1.05PM, MASTERCLASS 2.30–4.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £6 (£5), FREE TO ALL STUDENTS AND UNDER 18s Brenda Blewett piano Programme includes: SCHUMANN Dichterliebe Award-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth visits The Stoller Hall with a recital of German Lieder by Schumann and his compatriots. In the afternoon’s masterclass he shares his expertise with Chetham’s students as part of the Haworth Masterclass Series – now in its third year, and bringing to Manchester some of today’s leading artists from across the music world.

RISING STARS Julian Clef, piano FRIDAY 28 APRIL, 1.05PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £8 (£6.50) DUTILLEUX Trois Préludes pour Piano, DEBUSSY Images, Book 2 CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor Born in Kerala, India, Julian Clef had received no formal piano training when he was accepted to Chetham’s at the age of 16. Since then he has graduated as RNCM’s Gold Medal winner, performed across India, the UK and Europe, and played as soloist with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, among others. Now aged 26, Julian opens the Rising Stars series with a programme of 20th century French music.

“I love pictures almost as much as music” Debussy




PANEL Dave Moutrey, HOME; Wyllie Longmore, actor/director; Eleanor Underhill, National Trust Quarry Bank Mill; Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum; David Thacker, Bolton Octagon

As Greater Manchester prepares to go to the polls to select its first directly elected Mayor, an expert panel discusses the implications of the Northern Powerhouse on the city’s arts and culture. This free event, chaired by Felicity Goodey CBE, invites audience members to pose their own questions, drawing on the combined knowledge and experience of five of the region’s cultural leaders. A free ticketed event; pre-booking highly recommended. Stay afterwards to continue the conversation over a buffet supper in the Oglesby Atrium.

THE WILL TO LIVE: FROM PROCESS TO PERFORMANCE An UpClose open exploration of Karel’s Nonet by Manchester Camerata and Chetham’s School of Music MONDAY 8 MAY, 6-7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £15 (£12)

Rudolf Karel, one of Dvořák’s last pupils, was imprisoned for resistance activities in 1943 and eventually transferred to the concentration camp of Terezín in February 1945, where he died the following month. Karel’s Nonet was composed between January and February 1945 in the most distressing circumstances and left incomplete after his death from dysentery on 6 March 1945. Join Manchester Camerata & Chetham’s School of Music on the stage of the newly opened Stoller Hall for an exquisite exploration of the music and culture that emerged from Terezín.

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Vasara String Quartet and Chetham’s Staff String Quartets WEDNESDAY 10 MAY, 7.30PM CAROLE NASH HALL ADMISSION: £10 (£8) SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 3, Quartet No. 14, BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 6 in Bb major The Vasara Quartet, formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, continues the Shostakovich cycle with Quartet No. 3 - described by the composer as a tale of war and 14, written in 1972 with a dedication to cellist Sergei Shirinsky. Chetham’s string staff complete the evening, with the continuation of the complementary series of Beethoven Op. 18 quartets. Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.

NEIL BRAND Acclaimed film composer and accompanist Neil Brand has created scores for Hitchcock films and BBC radio dramas. He visits The Stoller Hall alongside his long-time collaborators, film critic and bass player Mark Kermode and his band the Dodge Brothers, over two days of events celebrating music and film with audiences of all ages.


Slapstick for Kids

FRIDAY 12 MAY, 2.30-4.30PM



ADMISSION: £7 (£5)

ADMISSION: £3, STUDENTS AND UNDER 18s FREE Neil brings the 2016/17 Haworth masterclass series to a close with an unmissable open event in which he advises young composers from Chetham’s on the ways in which music brings film to life.


Hilarious clips from the golden age of cinema, presented for a brand new audience by the inimitable Neil Brand. Neil’s infectious love of silent film shines through in his presentation and his piano playing, as he accompanies joyfully irreverent film moments live on stage. Young audience members will be invited to suggest music, hear it live and discover how it can transform a filmic story – a wonderful afternoon of laughter and discovery for kids of all ages. Family ticket £25 (up to 5 people)

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Beggars of Life: The classic silent film with live music from the Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand SATURDAY 13 MAY, 7PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £23* Film and cinematic landscapes come together when The Dodge Brothers – Mike Hammond, Mark Kermode, Aly Hirji and Alex Hammond - join forces with premiere silent film pianist Neil Brand to accompany rare silent features. Their accompaniment to the Louise Brooks/Wallace Beery 1927 film Beggars of Life was greeted with great acclaim. Performing this at The British Silent Cinema Festival, the Barbican and The BFI Southbank has prompted glowing reviews and the band became the first ever to accompany a silent film at Glastonbury Festival in 2014.

The Dodge Brothers SATURDAY 13 MAY, 9PM

RISING STARS Yuanfan Yang, piano





Mike Hammond lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo Mark Kermode bass, hamornica, vocals Aly Hirji rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals Alex Hammond washboard, snare drum, percussion The Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. Described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris, they play an exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode. 25% discount when you book full price tickets for both evening events

ADMISSION: £8 (£6.50) RAVEL Miroirs YUANFAN YANG New work tbc, SZYMANOWSKI Masques, Op. 34 Chetham’s alumnus Yuanfan Yang has won numerous prizes, most recently the Grand Prix Interlaken Classics Piano Competition 2016. He was a BBC Young Musician finalist in 2012, and has toured extensively in Scotland and China alongside his conservatoire studies as pianist and composer.

Chetham’s Showcase WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 7PM CAROLE NASH HALL ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Andrei Caval clarinet, Ross Morris guitar Lucy Gibbs mezzo soprano Brenda Blewett/Elena Nalimova piano Outstanding senior students from Chetham’s take centre stage with an hour of exquisite music. Programme will include show pieces for clarinet and guitar, and Schumann’s song cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben.

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Tord Gustavsen: Hymns and Visions FRIDAY 26 MAY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £20, £16* Tord Gustavsen piano, Simin Tander vocals, Jarle Vespestad drums Tord Gustavsen’s trio project, performing music from 2015 album What Was Said, builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and, alongside new compositions and improvisations, explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in an untraditional manner. “Simin and I have been working with an Afghan poet,” Gustavsen explains, “translating and shaping a selection of hymns that I grew up with in Norway into Pashto.” Outside the limits of language and as interplay of sounds, the combination of the intimacy of Tander’s Voice, Gustavsen’s melodically inventive piano and discreet electronics, and Vespestad’s patient, textural drumming has an emotional persuasiveness of its own. “Of course to me it’s a dual intention. This is a devotional project, and the way in which the words transcend the boundaries between forms and traditions is important for me. But it’s also fully OK to approach it as a pure musical experience.”


“ As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity” The Herald

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A selftaught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. Chris’ eagerly awaited new album So Much to Defend, includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook-in sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman, reaching deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

Carducci Quartet WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18, £15, £12* BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 4 in C minor, SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 15, Quartet No. 2 Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality”, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. In 2015, they performed every Shostakovich quartet to mark the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death, including a marathon performance of all fifteen in one day at Shakespeare’s Globe. Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.

“ The Carducci Quartet played a blinder… playing of vivacity and constant rhythmic subtlety” The Strad

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip SATURDAY 10 JUNE, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £25, £18, £12 PHILIP GLASS violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’, VIVALDI The Four Seasons Chloë Hanslip Violin

JUNE Part of the Mind Music campaign, raising money for dementia charities. In association with MMU. Half price tickets for students and under 18s.

Formed in the late 1960s and based in Manchester, the NCO is now one of the country’s top professional chamber orchestras, with its concerts and recordings warmly received by critics. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists. Described as being “Simply world-class” by Opera Magazine, NCO presents two contrasting musical interpretations of the Four Seasons - Vivaldi’s 1723 original, and Glass’ 2009 companion piece, performed by violinist Chloë Hanslip; a young performer already established as an artist of distinction on the international stage.

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Beverley Craven with Frank Mead, saxophone SUNDAY 18 JUNE, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £21, £16, £11* Chetham’s Session Band and Vocalists BRIT-award winning singer-songwriter Beverley Craven became a household name in the early 90s with the release of her eponymous debut album which became a worldwide hit, selling more than two million copies. Her 1991 single, ‘Promise Me’, went on to become a huge hit across Europe and she followed this up with a string of chart successes including ‘Memories’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman to Woman’ and ‘Love Scenes.’ In 1992 she received a BRIT award for Best British Newcomer and was also nominated for Best British Single and album of the year. She has continued to tour and release new music as well as bringing up a family and battling breast cancer; in 2014, her fifth album Change of Heart was released to the delight of her many fans. She visits Manchester in 2017 as part of a UK tour in which she welcomes audiences to share in almost thirty years’ worth of chart success.

Ken Burton - Friday night gospel singalong FRIDAY 23 JUNE, 6.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £15 (£12) Choral specialist and gospel maestro, a regular on Songs of Praise and director of two award-winning London gospel ensembles, Ken Burton’s musical biography runs both broad and deep. Ken visits Manchester with his unique brand of gospel, inviting audiences to end the working week by joining in a celebration of music and faith which will see the whole Hall singing. Start the weekend with a session to uplift the soul; a jubilant, revelatory evening of inspiration and of praise.

Greater Manchester Youth Choral Festival SATURDAY 24 JUNE, 5PM & 7.15PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £5 The Youth Choirs of the Greater Manchester Music Hub come together for a workshop, followed by two evening concerts featuring individual choir performances and massed choirs conducted by Ken Burton.

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Chetham’s School of Music A world-class music education in the heart of Manchester, offering an outstanding music and academic education to young musicians aged 8-18. Government funding pays up to full fees for 90% of students. Free lunchtime concerts 45 minutes of outstanding music, every weekday in termtime. 1.30pm in the Carole Nash Hall A full performance programme in Manchester and beyond Chetham’s Away – regular performances across the region Study days & workshops – play, take part and discover Baroque – Soloists – Competitions – Chamber Music and more… PreAmble Arrive early to events in The Stoller Hall for pre-concert performances by young musicians. Check online to discover what and when. Musician aged 8-18? Interested in finding out more about studying at Chetham’s? Pay us a visit at our Open Days, every October and January; or ask about Advice Auditions throughout the year – a friendly, informal chance to meet our music teachers and discover more about the UK’s largest specialist music school.

Three times a year, The Stoller Hall hosts Chetham’s Music Course – a chance for young players and audiences to share acclaimed classical repertoire, discover magnificent new soloists, and showcase a rich array of performances from dynamic Big Band to intimate recital, from uplifting oratorio to the unforgettable songs of the shows.

Piano Leavers’ Concert MONDAY 26 JUNE, 7PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION £6 (£5) A last chance to see the School’s most senior pianists as they bring their Chetham’s careers to a fitting finale.

Chetham’s Big Band TUESDAY 27 JUNE, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £11 (£9) Chetham’s Jazz Department has gone from strength to strength in recent years, now featuring three Big Bands and a wide range of improvising ensembles. Saxophonist Alexander Bone won both the inaugural BBC Young Jazz Award in 2014 and the 2016 British Jazz Rising Star award, for which he was nominated alongside fellow alumnus Rory Ingham. The Big Bands step up to The Stoller Hall stage with a concert featuring music by a concert of dynamic and diverse jazz sounds.

Chetham’s Composers WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE, 7PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Chetham’s composers have enjoyed great success across the years, with students among the winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers competition every year since 2009; the Royal Opera House Fanfare competition 2016; and the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Awards 2016. Their summer concert premieres new works for large ensembles, performed by Chetham’s instrumentalists and conducted, in many cases, by the composers themselves. Join us to support emerging composers in an evening of diverse, innovative and engaging new works.

YOUR CREATION Come, Play, Sing

Chetham’s Ensembles





ADMISSION: £10 (£8)

ADMISSION: £6 (£5)

HAYDN The Creation A massed rehearsal, led by members of Gabrieli Paul McCreesh Conductor

The School’s younger players, including Violetta Strings, Saxophone Choir and Trumpet Ensemble, give their first performance on The Stoller Hall stage.

Love to sing or play? Whether your usual stage is the classroom or the concert hall, you’re invited to join Paul McCreesh, Artistic Director of Gabrieli, in a massed rehearsal of choruses from Haydn’s Creation. Immerse yourself in this masterpiece of choral and orchestral music, guided and inspired by Paul, his colleagues and young musicians from Chetham’s, and share it with family and friends in an informal performance at the end of the session. Singers and instrumentalists of all ages from 11 upwards are welcome to be part of a unique afternoon of music creation.

Chetham’s Sinfonia MONDAY 3 JULY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £6 (£5) Programme includes: TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor II Andante cantabile – IV Finale. Andante maestoso


Visit our website for full details about taking part.

Recommended minimum age 11. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult who may participate or observe.

Chetham’s middle school musicians present a programme including movements of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony; a concerto performed by a prize winning soloist; and music from Chetham’s Wind Orchestra and String Ensemble.

Participants choosing to play should be confident in reading music and in performing repertoire at around grade 5 level. Singers may be of any standard, but should be able to read music and be familiar with the repertoire to be performed. Friends and family are welcome to join you for the showcase at the end; free entry on a first come, first served basis.

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Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with members of Gabrieli TUESDAY 4 JULY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18, £15, £10*; 20% DISCOUNT FOR YOUR CREATION PARTICIPANTS HAYDN The Creation, Paul McCreesh conductor, Charlotte Beament soprano Andrew Tortise tenor, Ashley Riches bass Paul McCreesh and a trio of special guest soloists join senior musicians from Chetham’s for a performance of Haydn’s Creation. Considered by many to be the composer’s masterpiece, it unites the forces of a full symphony orchestra, four part chorus and the stunning voices of three celebrated British soloists. The creation of life, the rich colours of the emerging earth, the virtuosity of the School’s stunning young performers and a succession of monumental choruses combine into a magnificent evening of music.

THE SOUND OF HIS MUSIC A Celebration of Richard Rodgers THURSDAY 6 JULY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £18, £15, £10* CHETHAM’S CONCERT ORCHESTRA, Stephen Threlfall Musical Director, Damian Thantrey Director Special guests from London’s West End Join us for a journey into the world of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers and his internationally renowned collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Leading West End performers and singers from the world’s great opera houses join Chetham’s stellar young musicians for classic songs and sequences – from beloved numbers such as ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, to the brilliance of Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita FRIDAY 21 JULY, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £17.50 A sublime and multi award-winning harp and kora collaboration between two acclaimed virtuosos, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita join forces in a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing on their diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy; Mandinka rhythms mix effortlessly with Welsh tunes, with hypnotic improvisations from both in a set which is at once exhilarating and mesmerising. Winners of Roots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013, Songlines Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration 2014, and nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Duo and Best Traditional Track) in 2014, their debut album Clychau Dibon has attracted huge critical acclaim and a clutch of 4 and 5 * reviews from national and industry press. Presented in partnership with Band on the Wall.

Kuss Quartet THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER, 7.30PM THE STOLLER HALL ADMISSION: £20, £16, £13* BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 3 in D minor, SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 11, Quartet No. 9 Book ahead for the final concert in the Shostakovich cycle, part of next season’s Red October project marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Berlin’s Kuss Quartet is ranked amongst the world’s best ensembles, with a unique approach to music-making born of personal discoveries and passion for experimentation. Their visit to Manchester brings Chetham’s quartet cycle to a resounding close.

A LOOK AHEAD RED OCTOBER: The Centenary of the Russian Revolution One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Chetham’s marks its impact on music and the arts with a month of concerts and events. Piano recitals, orchestral symphonies, chamber music and film combine into a resounding celebration of the artistry of the Motherland. More details to follow in the spring.

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Chetham’s International Piano Summer School & Festival for Pianists The Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists has always been a ‘pianist’s paradise’ (Piano Magazine) with an incomparable faculty of nearly 60 of the world’s most glittering pianist-teachers. Well over 400 participants and observers from literally every corner of the globe return year after year to Chetham’s in order to sample the course’s phenomenal range of musical riches, not least of which are the faculty concerts. 2017 marks a watershed year in the history of the summer school, with The Stoller Hall bringing even more inspiration and magic to what is already a much loved and highly impressive musical event. In addition to extraordinary recitals by legendary pianists such as Peter Donohoe, Artur Pizzaro, Craig Sheppard, Vladimir Tropp and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, there is an added orchestral dimension: 2017 introduces a ‘festival within a festival’ with four evenings of the best loved and most thrilling concertos from a line up of great pianists under the direction of Stephen Threlfall. A week later the Manchester Piano Competition returns with Manchester Camerata as the orchestra for two evenings of wonderful concertos performed by its six finalists.

The complete Beethoven concertos Stockport Symphony Orchestra Stephen Threlfall conductor

Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 SATURDAY 19 AUGUST, 7PM ADMISSION: £15* Leon McCawley piano Noriko Ogawa piano

Piano Concerto No. 4 SATURDAY 19 AUGUST, 8.30PM ADMISSION: £15* Peter Frankl piano

Piano Concerto No. 3 & Choral Fantasy SUNDAY 20 AUGUST, 7PM ADMISSION: £15* Dmitri Alexeev piano Murray McLachlan piano St George’s Singers

Piano Concerto No. 5 SUNDAY 20 AUGUST. 8.30PM ADMISSION: £15* Leslie Howard piano


Piano Recital Programme Open to course participants and members of the public, with events held across Chetham’s venues. Concessions available on all prices. Book any four events across the entire Piano Summer School and Concerto Competition to receive a 20% discount.

Peter Donohoe THURSDAY 17 AUGUST, 7.30PM


Jonathan Plowright TUESDAY 22 AUGUST, 8.30PM

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg FRIDAY 18 AUGUST, 7PM


Craig Sheppard WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST


SHOSTAKOVICH 24 Preludes & Fugues Sandro Russo FRIDAY 18 AUGUST, 8.30PM 


Murray McLachlan The complete solo piano works of John McLeod, composer-inresidence, in four late-night concerts FRIDAY 18 AUGUST, 10PM  SATURDAY 19 AUGUST, 10PM  THURSDAY 24 AUGUST, 10PM  SATURDAY 26 AUGUST, 10PM  Chetham’s Showcase MONDAY 21 AUGUST, 7PM

£10 £10 £10 £10


Michael Lewin MONDAY 21 AUGUST, 8.30PM


7PM 8.30PM


Matthias Kirschnereit THURSDAY 24 AUGUST, 7PM

£15 £15


Eugen Indjic THURSDAY 24 AUGUST, 8.30PM £15 Carlo Grante FRIDAY 25 AUGUST, 7PM


Vladimir Tropp FRIDAY 25 AUGUST, 8.30PM


Steve Berry & Les Chisnall Late night jazz FRIDAY 25 AUGUST, 10PM




UGUST Jason Rebello & John Lenehan MONDAY 21 AUGUST, 10PM


Callum McLachlan The Ronald Stevenson Recital Prize TUESDAY 22 AUGUST, 7PM £10

Artur Pizarro SATURDAY 26 AUGUST, 8.30PM £15

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

Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists Manchester Camerata Stephen Threlfall conductor The Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists brings outstanding young musicians from all over the world together with Manchester Camerata, a truly world class orchestra with an international profile. In celebration of The Stoller Hall’s opening, and in recognition of the phenomenally high level of performance which this unique competition has consistently attracted, the 2017 event extends the final over two nights. It also allows the young soloists a larger choice of repertoire than ever before, with a list of works stretching from Bach to Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. As always the competition’s jury is made up exclusively of professional concert pianists - all experienced musicians and distinguished concerto soloists in their own right.

All finals to be held in The Stoller Hall Competition Finals SUNDAY 27 AUGUST 7PM & 8.30PM MONDAY 28 AUGUST 7PM & 8.30PM EACH CONCERT £15* Results MONDAY 28 AUGUST 10PM

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 From April 2017, call into our Box Office from 1-2.30pm, Monday to Friday, or from 1 hour prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall. Before April, please check our website for opening times. 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.

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 suitable 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. Concessions Concessions for full time students, audiences under the age 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.

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.

Events at a glance APRIL Friday 21 Friday 21

4.30pm 8pm

Saturday 22 Saturday 22 Saturday 22 Saturday 22 Sunday 23 Wednesday 26 Friday 28

11am & 2.15pm 11.15am 1pm & 5.30pm 3.30pm 4pm 1.05pm 1.05pm

MAY Wednesday 3


Monday 8 Wednesday 10

6pm 7.30pm

Friday 12 Saturday 13 Saturday 13 Saturday 13 Friday 19 Wednesday 24 Friday 26 Saturday 27

2.30pm 11am 7pm 9pm 1.05pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

JUNE Wednesday 7 Saturday 10 Sunday 18 Friday 23

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6pm

Saturday 24

5pm & 7.15pm

Monday 26 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 28

7pm 7.30pm 7pm

JULY Sunday 2 Monday 3 Monday 3 Tuesday 4

2pm 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Thursday 6 Friday 21

7.30pm 7.30pm

BBC In Tune Gwilym Simcock, Thomas Gould & Mike Walker Debussy: The Sonatas From The Ground Up Urban Family Navarra String Quartet Opening Celebration Concert Marcus Farnsworth: Recital & Masterclass Rising Stars: Julian Clef

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Powerhouse or Poorhouse: What is the future for the arts in Manchester? The Will to Live: From Process to Performance Vasara Quartet & Chetham’s Staff String Quartet Neil Brand: Masterclass Slapstick for Kids Beggars of Life with the Dodge Brothers The Dodge Brothers Rising Stars: Yuanfan Yang Chetham’s Showcase Tord Gustavsen: Hymns and Visions Chris Wood

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Carducci Quartet Northern Chamber Orchestra & Chloë Hanslip Beverley Craven with Frank Mead, saxophone Ken Burton: Friday night gospel singalong Greater Manchester Youth Choral Festival Piano Leavers’ Concert Chetham’s Big Band Chetham’s Composers

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Your Creation: Come, Play, Sing Chetham’s Ensembles Chetham’s Sinfonia Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra & Chorus A Celebration of Richard Rodgers Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

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The Stoller Hall Events Guide 2017  

Events Guide for The Stoller Hall, Manchester Opening Season April-August 2017

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