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WHAT’S ON August 2017 - February 2018 The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

Welcome to the second season of the recently inaugurated Stoller Hall! Following our concise opening season we are delighted to announce the next instalment of our growing concert programme. We are thrilled to welcome Tasmin Little and Piers Lane in recital (26 Sept), with Tasmin staying to lead a public masterclass as part of the Haworth series (27 Sept). October takes on a distinctly Russian flavour as we acknowledge the revolution’s centenary with a wide ranging celebration of music, words and theatre. Highlights include Russian poetry read by Timothy West (10 Oct) and the Kuss Quartet performing Shostakovich (12 Oct). The Northern Chamber Orchestra make a return with two concerts featuring guitarist Craig Ogden and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock (3 Nov/12 Jan); and we start something interesting with Manchester Collective, a dynamic multi-faceted ensemble beginning with The End of Time (2 Dec). December has a folk flavour with The Unthanks (8 Dec) and Cara Dillon (9 Dec) taking us towards Christmas, before the Heath Quartet return to their university town in the new year (6 Feb). If you haven’t yet been acquainted with this remarkable new concert hall, I strongly suggest that you pay us a visit … The pictures don’t do it justice! 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 The 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 Programme Supporters The Haworth Trust Russkiy Mir Foundation 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

Chetham’s International Piano Summer School & Festival for Pianists

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

The building of the Hall Recital Programme Thursday 17 - Saturday 26 August


Peter Donohoe - Sandro Russo A flawless new building Murray McLachlan Jason Rebello becomes home and school to the country’s finest young John Lenehan - Jonathan Plowright musicians. It’s perfect except Craig Sheppard - Matthias Kirschnereit for one gaping hole.Pizarro Vladimir Tropp - Artur Fundraising begins turn more... andtomany a long-cherished dream of Chetham’s Concert Hall into reality.

Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists 2015 The generosity of the Stoller Competition Finals Charitable Trust and Garfield Sunday 27 August Weston Foundation allows building commence. Final I -to 7pm So begins an intense and Final II - 8.30pm exciting cycle of decisions, Monday 28 August design and deliveries. Final III - 7pm Final IV & Results - 8.30pm 2017 Each concert £15* The Stoller Hall opens.

Be Part ofcome the Story. and play

with Chetham’s School of Music & Gorton Philharmonic sunday 10 september, 10am-12pm THE bridgewater HALL Admission: £8 (£5) Your chance to play in an orchestra on the superb stage at The Bridgewater Hall, alongside students from Chetham’s School of Music and players from the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra. Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham’s, will lead you through Shostakovich’s Festival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. All instruments welcome. Recommended for players at Grade 5 level or above. Recommended minimum age 8; under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.



Chris Wood

saturday 9 september, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL

Admission: £13, £10 *

Rescheduled from Saturday 27 May

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 self-taught musician, composer and songwriter, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his songwriting 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.

Onstage Chris has the air of a craftsman, reaching deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

‘A whip-smart, intensely personal paean to following one’s heart - in which the next big laugh is never more Kieran Hodgson: Maestro  than a semiquaver away’ The Telegraph Tuesday 12 september, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £15 (£12) In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 13 years later, Kieran returns with a violin and a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities. Following a sell-out tour and BBC Radio 4 adaptation of last year’s Lance, Hodgson returns with his second Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated smash-hit character comedy show. Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nominee – 2016 and 2015. Star of Radio 4’s Lance and seen in BBC2’s Upstart Crow and Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed. Performance: 1 hour followed by Q&A

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

James Campbell clarinet & Jeremy Young piano monday 25 september, 7pm carole nash hall Admission: £8 (£6) Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor Brahms Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in Eb major Brahms’ two graceful Clarinet Sonatas are performed by internationally acclaimed American/Canadian clarinetist, James Campbell, and Manchester-based pianist Jeremy Young. Campbell has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in over 30 countries with string quartets, orchestras and luminaries like the Boston Pops, London Symphony, the Guarneri, Allegri and St Lawrence Quartets, Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland. Jeremy Young performs throughout the world as a chamber musician and soloist, and is a founder member of Ovid Ensemble and the Manchester Piano Trio and Senior Piano Tutor at RNCM.

Tasmin Little violin & Piers Lane piano tuesday 26 september, 7.30pm the stoller HALL Admission: £21, £16 * Bridge Violin Sonata Szymanowski Sonata in D minor Bliss Violin Sonata Franck Sonata in A major Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work. Continuing her longstanding partnership with pianist Piers Lane, a musician in great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist, she explores four Sonatas for violin dating from 1886 to the early part of the 20th century.

Haworth masterclass series:

Tasmin Little violin Wednesday 27 September, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £6 (£5) All Haworth classes are free to students/u18s

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.

Martin Simpson Trails and Tribulations thursday 28 september, 7.30pm the stoller HALL Admission: £14, £11 * World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years Trails & Tribulations on September 1. Featuring some of his most inventive playing yet, it showcases his virtuosity on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele – and voice.

A month of music and arts marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution

“Trails & Tribulations is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say.”

Gerard McBurney Music and Revolution

Royal Academy of Music

tuesday 3 october, 7pm

carole nash hall

carole nash hall

Admission: £8 (£6)

Admission: £6 (£5) Composer, broadcaster and teacher Gerard McBurney, an expert on Russian and Soviet music, uses film and audio clips to explore the culture and context of the works in the Russian October season. McBurney’s reconstructions of lost Shostakovich works have received critical acclaim, and he has worked extensively with orchestras including the Hallé to open up musical works for new audiences using creative staging and multimedia.

wednesday 4 october, 7pm

Programme includes: Shostakovich Four Waltzes Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Quintet in Bb Outstanding students from the Royal Academy of Music, London, present a programme of Russian chamber music for brass and woodwind.

“I am a Soviet composer, and I see our epoch as something heroic” Shostakovich

1917 - 2017

Generously supported by the Russky Mir Foundation

Russian Piano Weekend Friday all-day ticket £15 Simon Callaghan

Glinka School of Music

Friday 6 OCTOBER, 1.05pm

Friday 6 october, 5.30pm



Admission: £10 (£8)

Admission: free

Rachmaninov Daisies and Vocalise scriabin Fantasy Op. 28 mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Two young pianists from the Glinka School of Music in Yekaterinburg, Russia, give a 45 minute recital exploring the musical riches of the Motherland, from its folk songs to its most distinguished composers, through music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Canada.

Haworth masterclass series: Simon Callaghan piano, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £3 (free with recital ticket)

Murray McLachlan Shostakovich and his comrades Friday 6 october, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £10 (£8) Kabalevsky Sonata No. 3 in F major Myaskovsky Song and Rhapsody Shostakovich Piano Sonata No. 1 Weinberg Sonata No. 2 in A minor Prokofiev Sonata No. 6 in A major A quintet of outstanding Russian composers, whose works were recorded by Murray McLachlan in 2006. £)

Arrive early to encounter dramatic miniatures, performed by students of Manchester School of Theatre and capturing the mood and flavour of the revolution through poetry, theatrical scenes and powerful oratory.

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SHOSTAKOVICH 24 Preludes & Fugues SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2PM CAROLE NASH HALL Admission: £6 (£5) Students of Chetham’s School of Music with guests from the Glinka School of Music, Yekaterinburg The Preludes and Fugues for solo piano, exploring every major and minor key of the chromatic scale, were published in Moscow in 1951. They are performed in their entirety in a unique collaboration between young pianists from Manchester and Russia.

Battleship Potemkin SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 6.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £15, £10 * presented and performed by Neil Brand piano One of the greatest films of all time, screened with live piano improvisation by Neil Brand - presenter of BBC Four’s The Sound of Musicals and described on the Today programme as “the doyen of silent film accompanists”. Battleship Potemkin was made in 1925 to mark the 20th anniversary of the mutiny which began the first Russian revolution. In its unforgettable scenes - in particular the celebrated Odessa Steps sequence - director Sergei Eisenstein creates speed and movement through a sort of god-like omniscience of vision, giving it an impact and emotional depth unequalled to this day. Brand’s music, based on many viewings of this iconic film, will seek to match its power and complexity whilst bringing out the bursts of humour, clever observation and glimpses of human nature with which Eisenstein peppered the original, enhancing its deep emotional impact for a 2017 audience.

Revolution Retrospective

Kuss Quartet

tuesday 10 OCTOBER, 7.30pm

thursday 12 october, 7.30pm



Admission: £15 (£12)

Admission: £20, £16, £13 *

RNCM Songsters with Timothy West

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 9 BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 3 in D major SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 11

Timothy West, star of numerous acclaimed productions on stage and screen, reads poetry from Russia to complement songs by some of the Motherland’s most celebrated composers. Perhaps best known for his roles in The Thirty Nine Steps and Cry Freedom, Timothy has also appeared extensively in theatre with the RSC, at Edinburgh Festival and internationally. Works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, as well as Shostakovich and his close friend Benjamin Britten, are performed by RNCM Songsters, an ensemble of emerging vocal performers coached by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote.

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 2017 Shostakovich quartet cycle to a resounding close. Shostakovich’s Ninth Quartet (1964) is bright with ecstatic energy and influenced by jazz and klezmer. Darker times come to the fore in the elegiac Quartet No. 11 (1966), featuring a prominent first violin in memory of Vasili Shirinsky. Generously supported by the Haworth Trust

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra

Inside the Orchestra

friday 20 OCTOBER, 7.30pm

sunday 15 OCTOBER,



Admission: £20; £18.20 senior; £11 u16


prices include £2 per ticket booking fee

Admission: £10

Tchaikovsky Festival Overture: The Year 1812 Copland Concerto for Clarinet Shostakovich Symphony No. 12: The Year 1917

Stephen Threlfall presenter with artist James Mayhew

A major symphonic programme, performed by Chetham’s stunning young players in response to the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The concert opens with Tchaikovsky’s celebratory 1812 Overture, marking the successful defence of Russia against Napoleon’s forces. 16-year old clarinetist Oliver Burrow performs a work born out of the 1940s jazz era, commissioned by Benny Goodman - ‘The King of Swing’. Dedicated to Lenin and completed in 1961, Shostakovich’s 12th Symphony is a monumental, programmatic work portraying the events of 1917 - an epic year in Russian history, with the assassination of the Romanov dynasty heralding the country’s headlong journey into Revolution. Tickets: Inside the Orchestra attendees receive a 30% discount code

Chetham’s Director of Music, Stephen Threlfall, is joined by acclaimed artist and illustrator James Mayhew to explore Friday’s programme through dialogue, visual art and music. Audiences are invited to take a seat onstage amidst orchestral players as they prepare for the performance, and with them to discover the history and context of works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich and the far reaching impact of the Russian Revolution on cultures across the world.

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

St George’s Singers Saturday 21 OCTOBER, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £15 (£6 students/u18) Gorecki Totus tuus Tavener Song for Athene Lukaszewski Nunc Dimittis RACHMANINOV Vespers Neil Taylor conductor Stewart Campbell tenor St George’s Singers is widely recognised as one of the most enterprising, innovative and versatile choirs in the North of England, with a genuine passion for singing . For their first concert in The Stoller Hall, they perform Rachmaninov’s Vespers as part of the Russian October series. Written in just two weeks early in 1915, the Vespers (also called the All-Night Vigil) was enthusiastically received by the public on its premiere, but proved to be Rachmaninov’s last sacred piece: within two years, religion was banned in Russia and the composer forced into exile. The Stoller Hall offers the perfect acoustics for this crowning achievement of the ‘Golden Age’ of Russian church music.

The Suicide wednesday 8 novemBER, 2.30PM & 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £10 Manchester School of Theatre A play by Nikolai Erdman Directed by David Shirley Music written and performed by Tammas Slater Written in 1928, Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide is considered one of the finest plays to have emerged from the early phase of Communist Russia. When Semyon, a young unemployed man contemplates suicide following his failed attempt to learn how to play the tuba, he suddenly finds himself besieged and exploited by various sympathetic visitors pleading with him to make his own suicide a social gesture on their behalf. Acerbic, imaginative and very humorous, the play offers a telling critique of the political machinations that characterized the years immediately following the Russian Revolution. In association with HOME

Beer, bread and borscht to close the festival Wednesday 8 November from 9pm Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


A special series of public masterclasses, bringing to Manchester leading artists from across the music world.

Tasmin LITTLE violin Wednesday 27 September

Simon CALLAGHAN piano

Friday 6 October

Craig OGDEN guitar Thursday 2 November

Angela BARNES horn

Thursday 16 November

Cordelia WILLIAMS piano Friday 10 November

Stephen HOUGH piano

Thursday 14 December

Oliver JANES clarinet

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Craig Ogden friday 3 november, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £25, £18, £12 Half price tickets for students and under 18s

TIPPETT Concerto for Double String Orchestra RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez ANDY SCOTT Guitar Concerto (World Premiere) Mozart Symphony No. 31 ‘Paris’ The Northern Chamber Orchestra return to The Stoller Hall with a concert featuring the Australian guitarist, Craig Ogden, in a performance of two guitar concertos; the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, and the world premiere of Andy Scott’s concerto written specifically for Craig. The concert opens with a chance to see the result of the NCO’s partnership with Chetham’s as some of the school’s young string players sit side-by-side with professional players. Together they form the orchestra in a performance of Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Threlfall. Completing the programme is one of the grandest and most beautifully crafted symphonies that Mozart ever wrote - his Paris Symphony.

Haworth masterclass series:

Craig Ogden classical guitar Thursday 2 November, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £5

Friday 12 January

Raphael WALLFISCH cello

Thursday 11 May

and many more to come... FREE to all students/u18s Generously supported by the Haworth Trust Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


saturday 4 november

21 Flute


Sound Sums!

Family Event

early years 10.15am, oglesby atrium | free

family concert 11am, the stoller hall | £8 (£6) | FAMILIES £25 Figures, fractions and fibonacci, patterns and pulses, music, measures and multiplication …the wonder of numbers explored through music!


The very first school and family event presented by The Stoller Hall Outreach Ensemble If you’re a young Number Whizz, bring your grown-ups along to see if they are clever enough to work out the musical clues and solve our giant number puzzle.


***** 2 37 and over will enjoy this concert the most. We think chiildren 1 aged


For younger children, we’ll be hosting musical activities in the Atrium from 10.15am until around Violin 10.45am. Bring your little ones to meet some of the players and hear their musical instruments before the number clues begin! TEACHERS: We’ll also be offering this show to school groups on Thursday 2 November at 10.45am and 1.30pm. Book online or contact for details.

Piano Rising Stars Cordelia Williams friday 10 NOVEMBER, 1.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £8 (£6) PÄrt Für Alina Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor Rachmaninov Prelude in G# minor PÄrt Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka PÄrt Für Anna Maria Schumann Fantasie in C Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry and conviction of her playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations. At the core of her musicality is a fascination with the human soul and the artistic expression of struggles and beliefs.

Haworth masterclass series:

Cordelia Williams piano Friday 10 November, 3-5pm Admission: £3 (free with recital ticket)

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

A world-class music education in the heart of Manchester MUSICIAN AGED 8-18? Find out more about life at the UK’s largest specialist music school •  •  •  •  •  • 


Saturday 14 October 2017 Saturday 20 January 2018

A world class music education Outstanding academic results at GCSE and A-level A year round concert programme, at home and away Perform with outstanding ensembles Live and learn in the heart of Manchester Government funding up to full fees for 90% of students Lunchtime Concerts 45 minutes of outstanding music, every weekday during termtime 1.30pm, Carole Nash Hall

New music and composition Hear the brightest new musical talents, with regular performances by three Big Bands and our awardwinning composition department

Music Courses

A week of music, three times a year, with performances by Chetham’s Sinfonia, vocalists and ensembles as well as our flagship Symphony Orchestra

Baronial Baroque Period music performed on traditional instruments in our stunning medieval Baronial Hall

Young Voices Opera scenes, recitals and chamber choir concerts by emerging singers @Chethams_School generously

@ChethamsSchoolofMusic supported by the Haworth Trust


Salford Choral Society SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £17 (£13) POULENC Gloria STRAVINSKY Serenade in A FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine FAURÉ Requiem The Fauré Requiem is one of the most poignant settings of the Requiem Mass and is music to comfort and to reassure the faithful in the face of death, rather than to overwhelm them with the finality of judgement. It is impossible not to be moved by the ethereal beauty of this humble masterpiece. Fauré wrote the Cantique de Jean Racine much earlier than the Requiem at the end of his student days, but it has a mature simplicity that most students would foolishly scorn! Poulenc’s Gloria, with its captivating mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance, abounds in joy, yet is always sincere and humble, and is among the finest examples of religious music of our time. Stravinsky’s Serenade in A completes the programme. Evoking an 18th century festive occasion it has been described as the ‘loveliest’ of his solo piano works. Salford Choral Society, one of the leading choirs in the North West, is joined by Bolton soprano Lorna Rushton and baritone Benedict Kearns, accompanied by Roderick Barrand on piano and conducted by Tom Newall.

“Extraordinary performers. The intimate and sinuous flow of leadership between the two of them was a joy to watch.” Aurora Percussion Duo wednesday 15 NOVEMBER, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £15, £12 * Programme includes: Keiko Abe - Casey Cangelosi - JS Bach - Rimsky-Korsakov Nebojsa Zivkovic - astor piazzolla - adi morag Since 2010, the Aurora Percussion Duo have made it their mission to redefine the art of percussion. Described as ‘superb’ by the Financial Times and ‘extraordinary’ by Classical Source, this award-winning duo produce adrenaline fuelled concert performances that are visually spectacular, physically demanding and presented with unprecedented virtuosity. Following two sell-out tours of China and performances at some of the largest and most prestigious concert halls in the UK, Aurora return to their home city of Manchester to perform a diverse array of music from across the globe in this tour de force of percussion repertoire. Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone

Angela Barnes French horn

New Music North West

thursday 16 november, 1.30pm

friday 17 NOVEMBER, 5pm

carole nash HALL

carole nash hall

Admission: £8 (£6)

Admission: £6 (£5)

Programme includes works by Bissill and Corelli

Featuring works by Colin Riley, Jeremy Pike, Gavin Wayte and Mark-Anthony Turnage

Angela studied at Chetham’s and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2005, aged 21, she was appointed second horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first female member in the brass section’s 100-year history. She has worked regularly with major orchestras and made recordings as part of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.

Haworth masterclass series:

Angela Barnes French horn Thursday 16 November, 3-5pm Admission: £3 (free with recital ticket)

T ak e Yo u r S e at

The talented instrumentalists of Chetham’s Contemporary Music Ensemble present a concert as part of North West New Music 2017, a major biennial festival of new music in our region. The concert will feature music by composers who have an association with the School, including works by Chetham’s alumnus Colin Riley, Head of Composition Jeremy Pike, composition tutor Gavin Wayte and current student Cloe Hotham. The programme will also include a work by the festival’s featured composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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

Jesca Hoop tuesday 28 november, doors 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £15 Plus support act to be announced Jesca Hoop’s 2017 album Memories Are Now wastes no time in making clear its confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the set with ‘a fighting spirit,’ says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs – minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing. As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by the gifted Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. ‘I saw us like young chicks out of the nest,’ she says. ‘Blake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tony’s wing.’

Reiko Fujisawa wednesday 29 november, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £18, £14 Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II AdÈs Mazurkas Beethoven Sonata in F minor Chopin Sonata in B minor There are many brilliant pianists around, but few are able to fuse the sensibilities of a musician raised in the Far East who trained in the West.

“Beautifully poised”

So what actually happens when Reiko sits at a keyboard and performs? The dominant flavour in her recitals is personal warmth. Her constant goal is to present a dialogue between pianist and composer. What audiences experience, both in the studio and on stage, is a musician with a European sensibility who is still in touch with her musical roots in Japan. She feels especially at home among the deep emotional textures of Beethoven, whilst her recitals have often engaged with works by contemporary Japanese composers such as Tōru Takemitsu. Booking fees of up to £2 per ticket apply to all purchases made online or by telephone


The city’s newest venue meets its most innovative young ensemble We’re delighted to welcome Manchester Collective as Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall - a “powerful, moving, and extraordinary” new voice in the UK music scene (Yorkshire Post). Comprising some of the most exciting musical talent from a new generation of international instrumentalists, Manchester Collective presents a bold new vision for the arts in the 21st century. Their thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention, have seen the Collective reach more than 65,000 people through their debut 2017 season.

The End of Time sat 2 december, 8pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £12 Ben Mellefont clarinet Rakhi Singh violin Adam Szabo cello Simon Parkin piano RAVEL Sonata pour Violon et Violoncelle stravinSKY Suite from A Soldier’s Tale MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time Messiaen’s harrowing masterpiece was written in 1941, while the French composer was a prisoner of war at a Nazi POW camp. Premiered by fellow inmates to an audience of about 400 prisoners and guards, outside, in the rain, it is one of the defining works of the 20th century. The first half features two perfectly formed chamber works - Ravel’s joyful Sonata for Violin and Cello, and Stravinsky’s own Clarinet Trio arrangement of his whimsical work of theatre, A Soldier’s Tale.


Spring 2018 Season

Season debut: sAturday 27 JANUARY Manchester Collective would like to thank the following supporters

The Unthanks - Orchestral with Army of Generals conducted by Charles Hazlewood friday 8 december, 7pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £35, £30, £25


Capping another adventurous year in spectacular, dramatic style, Mercury nominated Tynesiders, with the orchestral arrangements of their instinctive, self taught pianist Adrian McNally, take a symphonic exploration into their best loved material, plus new work specially devised for these shows, including the moving forthcoming release, Hymn For Syria. While folk music may commonly and affectionately be defined as low culture, The Unthanks aspire to prove that the beauty and truth present in the oral history of the people, is anything but common. First there was a mini orchestral experiment, not-so-quietly played out on the main stage at Glastonbury, followed last year by their highly acclaimed sold out debut symphonic performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Now The Unthanks take their glorious symphonic meditations on a short tour of major concert halls with Army Of Generals - the cutting edge chamber orchestra conducted by ground-breaking maverick Charles Hazlewood and featuring some of the world’s leading players of period instruments.

Chetham’s Big Band

sunday 3 december, 3pm


Admission: £11 (£9)

Chethams’s Jazz Department bids farewell to a hugely successful year including appearances at The Bridgewater Hall and The Stoller Hall Opening Weekend. Three bands and the Chethams’s Jazz Sextet present a wide range of music from all eras.

Cara Dillon

saturday 9 december, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £22

Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night, Cara and her band will be performing classic Carols, Celtic Hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas Spirit. A tradition in the making.

If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers, you know you have something special in store. The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going, but is no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints of tradition. “I don’t really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It’s whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?”


Stephen Hough: From Process to Performance wednesDAY 13 december, 7pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £12, £10 * LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra Stephen Hough piano

Audiences who hear Chetham’s young musicians can often say ‘We saw them first,’ as students go on to greater platforms around the world. This December brings a new kind of first - a chance to join Stephen Hough in preparation for his forthcoming performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. An alumnus of Chetham’s, Stephen is joined by the acclaimed Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Threlfall, to support his own preparations - and has generously offered to open the doors to an audience to share the pathway from solo practice to concert platform. Take your seat in rehearsal for this fascinating glimpse into the process that precedes performance.

Oliver Janes clarinet

friday 12 january, 1.30pm

carole nash HALL Admission: £8 (£6)

Kovac Homage a Manuel de Falla Martinu 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.

Haworth masterclass series:

Oliver Janes clarinet Friday 12 January, 2.30-4.30pm Admission: £3 (free with recital ticket)

Haworth masterclass series:

Stephen Hough piano Thursday 14 December, 10am-12.30pm Admission: £6 (£5)

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Gwilym Simcock friday 12 january, 7.30pm THE STOLLER HALL 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. 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. 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 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


feb Chetham’s Spring Music

A week of music to end the spring term. Enjoy scenes from Mozart’s operas and performances by Chetham’s Sinfonia, Saxophone Choir, Wind Band and many more. Visit for full listings

school february music (inc outreach event?)

Chetham’s Big Band with Iain Ballamy wednesday 14 february, 7.30pm the stoller hall

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.

Stephen Hough - December NCO & Gwilym - January Inside the Orchestra sunday 11 february, 2-4pm THE STOLLER HALL Admission: £10 Sibelius Symphony No. 7 RAVEL Boléro 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 Symphony Orchestra friday 16 february, 7.30pm the stoller hall Admission: £18, £15, £10 * LENNOX BERKELEY Sinfonia Concertante SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 TOMASI Trombone Concerto RAVEL Boléro Isobel Daws trombone Jade Hughes oboe Stephen Threlfall conductor 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 alongsde 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”

a look ahead Manchester Collective 2018 Season Debut Saturday 27 January The Endellion String Quartet Friday 2 March Manchester Camerata with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano Saturday 7 April Northern Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch cello Sunday 13 May

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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.

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 AUGUST Thursday 17 Monday 28


Chetham’s International Piano Summer School

The Stoller Hall

SEPTEMBER Saturday 9 Sunday 10 Tuesday 12 Monday 25 Tuesday 26 Thursday 28

7.30pm 10am 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Chris Wood Come and Play with Chetham’s Orchestra Kieran Hodgson: Maestro Jim Campbell, clarinet & Jeremy Young Tasmin Little, violin & Piers Lane Martin Simpson: Trails & Tribulations

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

OCTOBER Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Friday 6 Friday 6 Friday 6 Sunday 8 Sunday 8 Tuesday 10 Thursday 12 Sunday 15 Friday 20

7pm 7pm 1.05pm 5.30pm 7.30pm 2pm 6.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm 7.30pm

Gerard McBurney, Russian October welcome Royal Academy of Music Simon Callaghan, piano Glinka School of Music, pianists Murray McLachlan, piano SHOSTAKOVICH 24 Preludes & Fugues Battleship Potemkin with Neil Brand, piano Revolution Retrospective with Tim West The Kuss Quartet Inside the Orchestra CSO: Shostakovich Symphony No. 12

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

Saturday 21


St George’s Singers: RACHMANINOV Vespers

The Stoller Hall

NOVEMBER Friday 3 Saturday 4 Wednesday 8 Friday 10

7.30pm 10.15am & 11am 2.30pm & 7.30pm 1.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra & Craig Ogden Family Event: Sound Sums! The Suicide Cordelia Williams, piano

The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

Saturday 11 Wednesday 15

7.30pm 7.30pm

Salford Choral Society Aurora Percussion Duo

The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

Thursday 16


Angela Barnes, French horn

Carole Nash Hall

Friday 17


New Music North West

Carole Nash Hall

Tuesday 28


Jesca Hoop

The Stoller Hall

Wednesday 29


Reiko Fujisawa, piano

The Stoller Hall

DECEMBER Saturday 2 Sunday 3 Friday 8

8pm 3pm 7pm

Manchester Collective: The End of Time Chetham’s Big Band The Unthanks

The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall The Stoller Hall

Saturday 9


Cara Dillon

The Stoller Hall

Wednesday 13


Stephen Hough: Process to Performance

The Stoller Hall

january Friday 12


Oliver Janes, clarinet

Carole Nash Hall

Friday 12


Northern Chamber Orchestra & Gwilym Simcock

The Stoller Hall

Saturday 27


Manchester Collective - watch this space...

The Stoller Hall

february Saturday 3

10.15am & 11am

Family Event: BBC Ten Pieces

The Stoller Hall

Tuesday 6


The Heath Quartet

The Stoller Hall

Sunday 11


Inside the Orchestra

The Stoller Hall

Wednesday 14 Friday 16

7.30pm 7.30pm

Chetham’s Big Band with Iain Ballamy CSO: SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7

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The Stoller Hall Aug 17 - Feb 18 Events Guide  
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