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2013–2014 Bridgewater Hall Concert Season The Mancunian Way

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“What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.” — Benjamin Disraeli

As a proud Mancunian, it gives me enormous pleasure to write these words of welcome to the 2013–2014 BBC Philharmonic season, this year titled The Mancunian Way to represent Manchester’s contribution to music. These concerts are a real celebration of the vital role that Manchester has played in the development of classical music in the UK and beyond these shores. I remember, as a Chetham’s pupil, the thrill of being able to hear so much high-quality music-making, particularly orchestral performances, in the city. The magnificent Henry Watson Music Library also played a crucial part in developing my love of music and it is exciting to know that so many composers similarly owe much to the city and its musical institutions. Now, with The Bridgewater Hall and the splendid new facilities for the BBC Philharmonic at MediaCityUK in Salford, there are first-class venues fit for the fine ensembles that are resident here. All this activity, plus the excellent work at the Royal Northern College of Music, continue to keep Manchester thriving as an important musical centre. This series and its broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the home of classical music, will help tell that story. It promises to be an exciting season and I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will. Roger Wright Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms

Never has Manchester’s music scene been richer in variety and content than it is today. When I first went to concerts here over 70 years ago, there was the BBC Northern Orchestra (mainly broadcasting) the Hallé (playing in makeshift halls) and some chamber music. Now the city has a superb concert hall, The Bridgewater Hall, the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé are at international standard, the first-rate Manchester Camerata covers a wide and adventurous chamber repertoire, stars of the future provide continual talent-spotting fare at the Royal Northern College of Music and there is youthful virtuosity too at Chetham’s School of Music. The keen music-lover can find something of high quality to attend every day. One of the most heartening aspects today is that these organisations, although fiercely competitive, agree to co-operate in major ventures or surveys (Shostakovich a few years ago, for example). Just a glance at what is being offered in 2013–2014 should make a Londoner take the next train out of Euston. We are only two hours away. Michael Kennedy Music Critic

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Contents Season highlights 2013–2014 season Strauss’s Voice BBC Philharmonic Learning How to book and ticket information Information on The Bridgewater Hall

Chief Conductor

Juanjo Mena

Principal Guest Conductor Composer/Conductor Conductor Laureate Conductor Emeritus Conductor Emeritus

John Storgårds HK Gruber Gianandrea Noseda Vassily Sinaisky Yan Pascal Tortelier

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Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm

The Mancunian Way Season Highlights Great Collaborations

Juanjo Mena Chief Conductor

Over the past decade Manchester’s music-makers have defined the city’s musical landscape with acclaimed collaborations. Composer-led celebrations of Shostakovich and Mahler­­– jointly presented by the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé, Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall – have won critical acclaim and inspired audiences with their vision. This year, the tradition continues as we celebrate Strauss. We invite you to join us for another unique Manchester moment (p8–11).

Juanjo Mena Stephen Hough

Anthony Burgess

Preview 6.30pm

A Manchester Overture 10’

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1


Mancunian Landmarks

Stephen Hough Piano

We feature works that have become ingrained in the musical psyche of the city. Our opening concert of the season (p3) includes Elgar’s First Symphony, which premiered in Manchester in 1908 and resonates with Mancunian audiences today. Oldham-born William Walton also features; the orchestra performs his Violin Concerto (p4) and his landmark First Symphony (p7). Beethoven’s 'Eroica' (p6) represents the orchestra’s unprecedented achievement of having over 1 million downloads of their Beethoven Symphony Cycle – a truly 21st -century Manchester moment.

Celebrated Soloists

Midori Violin

Martin Grubinger Percussion

Emily Howard Composer

The orchestra will be joined by an array of world-class soloists this season. Highly acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough, alumnus of both Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM, will be in residence. He performs in three concerts (p3, p14 & p17), and brings his lyrical playing to programmes featuring concerti by Brahms, Liszt and Schumann. The brilliant Midori brings colour to Walton’s Violin Concerto (p4) and Martin Grubinger, dubbed by critics as ‘a wizard of percussion’, joins the orchestra for a thrilling concert in December (p7). We are also delighted to welcome back old friends Håkan Hardenberger and James Ehnes (p16 & p18). And the astonishing pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii returns to The Bridgewater Hall after receiving standing ovations on his past two visits (p6).

New Music The season features two world premieres by composers with strong links to Manchester: rising star Emily Howard’s new work Axon is premiered in the city where she studied composition (p6). Gary Carpenter, visiting Professor at the RNCM, also premieres SET, a concerto for tenor saxophone and orchestra in a concert led by our current and most recent Composer/Conductors, HK Gruber and James MacMillan (p14).


Elgar Symphony No. 1

Conductor Piano


When Elgar’s First Symphony was premiered in Manchester in 1908, it was a new dawn for British music. There’s no better way to launch our year-long celebration of the Mancunian way of music-making than with this gloriously stirring masterpiece – though a performance of Brahms's tempestuous First Piano Concerto by the Manchestertrained Stephen Hough might just run it close. The concert begins with the aptly named A Manchester Overture by Mancunian icon and author of A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess.

“It is wonderful to be in residence in a city where I learned most of my most valuable music lessons. It always feels like coming home.” — Stephen Hough

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Saturday 12 October, 7.30pm

Arnold Overture 'Peterloo'


Walton Violin Concerto

Kurt Schwertsik HK Gruber

Conductor Violin


Preview 6.30pm


Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – excerpts

Juanjo Mena Midori

Friday 18 October, 7.30pm


William Walton’s Violin Concerto is an art-deco masterpiece. When you hear it played by a violinist like Midori, you’ll realise why this Oldham boy left British music reeling. In the USSR, meanwhile, Prokofiev was determined to knock his audiences backwards, and with its glorious tunes his Romeo and Juliet remains one of the world’s best-loved ballets. Closer to home, Malcolm Arnold proves that, for raw drama, Manchester’s own history can give Shakespeare a run for his money.

“I have rarely heard the dreamy quality of this sun-kissed music so sensuously addressed.”


Sarah Fox

Conductor Soprano

Anthony Payne

Preview 6.30pm

The Period of Cosmographie

Manchester has always welcomed musicians from different lands, as the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer/Conductor, HK ‘Nali’Gruber has shown us. He proves time and again just how close Vienna is to the Mancunian way. In 2010 during the Mahler in Manchester festival we asked a number of composers to take their inspiration from Mahler and create new works to accompany all his symphonies. Tonight Nali gives you a second chance to enjoy four of these Mahler companions again.


Schubert/ Detlev Glanert Einsamkeit


David Matthews Symphony No. 7


— Midori performs Walton’s Violin Concerto, The Independent

Saturday 26 October, 7.30pm

Sibelius The Bard


Foulds Keltic Suite


Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 36’

Nielsen Symphony No. 6, ‘Sinfonia semplice’

John Storgårds Conductor Guy Braunstein Violin Carl Nielsen looked life straight in the face: how many composers put their own heart attack into music? His Sixth Symphony is music of life, not death. Everyone needs to hear it, and there’s no better guide than our Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds, just as there’s no more impassioned champion of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto than the brilliant young Guy Braunstein. First Storgårds performs fellow Finn Sibelius’s The Bard before rediscovering the greatest hit by Mancunian composer John Foulds.


Juanjo Mena Chief Conductor



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Friday 1 November, 7.30pm

Emily Howard Axon


BBC Radio 3 commission, World Premiere

Conductor Piano

Preview 6.30pm

Grieg Piano Concerto

Juanjo Mena Nobuyuki Tsujii


Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, ‘Scottish’


Nobuyuki Tsujii was with the BBC Philharmonic in Japan in 2011 when the earthquake struck, and Manchester audiences have forged a very special bond with this delightfully charismatic young pianist. Tonight he plays Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto before Juanjo Mena and the orchestra summon the mists and myths of Mendelssohn’s atmospheric 'Scottish' Symphony. And we journey again down the Mancunian Way with a world premiere by RNCM and Manchester University graduate Emily Howard.

Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm

Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


Chausson Poème


Berlioz Rêverie et Caprice



Friday 8 November, 7.30pm Nabucco – overture


Preview 6.30pm

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 25’

Beethoven Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor Renaud Capuçon Violin


Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony changed the course of musical history. Here in Manchester we did our bit too, when in 2006 the BBC Philharmonic’s free Beethoven Symphony Cycle downloads reached 1.6 million and made global headlines. Conductor Laureate Gianandrea Noseda recaptures the energy of that moment tonight, and joins the masterly French violinist Renaud Capuçon in the world’s favourite violin concerto. And in Verdi’s bicentenary year, his overture to Nabucco completes the programme.

William Walton was the original angry young man. Written in those uneasy inter-war years, his First Symphony is a controlled explosion of anger, passion and shattering power. There’s no way to follow it, so conductor Yutaka Sado begins with two fragrant French showpieces, an enchanting showcase for violinist Sayaka Shoji. And to open, revel in the sheer wizardry of Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, famous from Disney’s Fantasia and conjured up tonight in full orchestral Technicolor.

Walton Symphony No. 1


Yutaka Sado Conductor Sayaka Shoji Violin

Friday 6 December, 7.30pm

Thomas Adès These Premises Are Alarmed


Preview 6.30pm

John Adams Slonimsky’s Earbox


HK Gruber into the open ...


Turina Ritmos


In Manchester, musical revolutions are forged on the dancefloor. Whether it’s the punchy Latin rhythms of Turina’s Ritmos or Thomas Adès throwing in the kitchen sink in an astounding work which was commissioned to celebrate the opening of The Bridgewater Hall. John Adams blasts musical theory sky-high with another piece first performed at the Hall, percussion virtuoso Martin Grubinger introduces a new concerto by our own HK Gruber, and we adventure through the bareback thrills of Ginastera’s cowboy ballet. The future has never sounded so much fun.

“Martin Grubinger is a once-in-a-

Ginastera Estancia (complete)

Juanjo Mena Conductor Martin Grubinger Percussion


hundred-years musician.” — Die Welt, July 2008



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Strauss’s Voice Richard Strauss’s legacy to the orchestral song is without parallel. Following the highly acclaimed surveys of the works of Shostakovich and Mahler previously undertaken by the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and Manchester Camarata at The Bridgewater Hall, the cities of Salford and Manchester will collaborate to perform all of Strauss’s orchestral songs. The BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé will again share a stage when their combined forces are brought together to perform Strauss’s mighty homage to his own land, the ‘Alpine’ Symphony. This collaboration will take place in The Bridgewater Hall over nine concerts (see p8 – p11), and we invite you to follow all three orchestras on this inspirational journey. If you book all nine events you can save 30% off the cost of your tickets. The RNCM Concert Hall.

Saturday 18 January, 7.30pm

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra 35’ Three Hymns Op 71


Don Quixote


Juanjo Mena Soile Isokoski Steven Isserlis

Nick Howson Viola, Midori Sugiyama Violin, Jennifer Langridge Cello, Daniel Whibley Double Bass.

Conductor Soprano Cello

Preview 6.30pm In the primal darkness, there is a beam of light. A trumpet sounds, two chords blast forth – and in an instant, the whole universe is ablaze with colour. Richard Strauss wanted Also sprach Zarathustra to tell the ‘entire story of humanity’ – and there’s no more stunning way to begin our 150th birthday tribute to the greatest storyteller in 20th-century music. Juanjo Mena conducts, and the worldfamous Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski sings three of Strauss’s songs, before cellist Steven Isserlis takes the title role in Strauss’s warm-hearted re-telling of the comical adventures of Don Quixote.

“Soile Isokoski's lyric soprano is like liquid gold.”

Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm

Strauss Festival Prelude


Songs Notturno Hymnus Nächtlicher Gang* Pilgers Morgenlied

14’ 5’ 6’ 4’

An Alpine Symphony


BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé Juanjo Mena Conductor Roderick Williams Baritone William Dazeley* Baritone

Preview 6.30pm Richard Strauss once boasted that he could depict even a knife and fork in music. So when he set out to depict the full majesty of the Bavarian Alps… well, hear for yourself, as the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé join forces to storm Strauss’s mighty An Alpine Symphony. Juanjo Mena will find an extra dimension in Strauss’s vast hymn to nature. First, though, enjoy a moment of quiet poetry amidst all this grandeur, with Strauss’s beautiful songs.

— Fanfare Magazine 08.


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Saturday 1 February, 7.30pm

Strauss Tod und Verklärung


Brentano Songs Op 68 21’

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10


Strauss Don Juan


Orchestral Songs


Symphonia domestica 43’

Günther Herbig Conductor Inger Dam-Jensen Soprano

Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm

Mahler Totenfeier


John Storgårds Hillevi Martinpelto

Conductor Soprano

Preview 6.30pm

Shostakovich once said of his Tenth Symphony ‘I wanted to portray human emotions and passions’. Eight years in the making, the piece premiered after Stalin’s death in 1953 and it is an extraordinary release of pent-up feelings, sadness, uncertainty and deep philosophical reflection. Richard Strauss also reflected on the profound themes of life and death in his evocative Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), a snapshot of an artist at the end of his life. Conductor Günther Herbig guides us tonight and he’s joined by soprano Inger Dam-Jensen for Strauss’s glorious Brentano Songs Op 68.


Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm

Additional Concerts in the Strauss’s Voice Series

Vassily Sinaisky Conductor Susan Gritton Soprano

Thursday 9 January, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm

The Hallé

Manchester Camerata

When Richard Strauss welcomes us into his family home in the astonishing Symphonia domestica, he doesn’t hold back – as baby gets bathed, dinner is served, and Mum and Dad quarrel and make up in the warmest, funniest, and most over-the-top music Strauss ever wrote. Vassily Sinaisky guides Susan Gritton through some of Strauss’s gorgeous songs, and splashes on the cologne for the composer’s testosterone-charged portrait of the world’s greatest lover.

Wagner Tännhauser – overture Strauss Das Thal Strauss Der Einsame Sibelius Symphony No. 1

Strauss Das Bachlein Strauss Meinem Kinde Strauss Mein Auge Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25, K503 Beethoven Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’ Strauss Metamorphosen (post-concert performance)

“Which other city could summon such a fruitful relationship between its major players? [It is] an invaluable enterprise between the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and Manchester Camerata.” — Mahler in Manchester, The Guardian ,2010 10.

Orchestral Songs


Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Nikolaj Znaider Alexander Vinogradov


Conductor Bass

Richard Strauss used a colossal orchestra to tell the story of an imaginary hero, complete with enemies and battles. Ein Heldenleben is an irresistibly flamboyant musical self-portrait and one of the all-time great orchestral showpieces. Under John Storgårds, it’s the most thrilling possible finale to our Strauss birthday celebrations. One of the world’s great lyric sopranos, Hillevi Martinpelto, performs a sequence of Strauss’s songs. Mahler’s heartfelt early tone-poem completes the programme; if you love his Resurrection Symphony, it will ring a few bells.

Conductor Piano Soprano

Wednesday 5 February, 2.15pm Thursday 6 February, 7.30pm Sunday 9 February, 7.30pm

Gábor Takács-Nagy Paul Lewis Ruby Hughes

The Hallé

Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm

Wagner Siegfried Idyll Strauss Four Last Songs Brahms Symphony No. 1

The Hallé

Markus Stenz


Anne Schwanewilms


Ravel Mother Goose (complete ballet music) Strauss Orchestral Songs Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Sir Mark Elder Steve Davislim


Conductor Tenor

“Overwhelming stuff, superbly done.” — BBC Philharmonic at The Bridgewater Hall November 2012, The Guardian

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Saturday 15 February, 7.30pm

Brahms, arr. Dvorˇák

Juanjo Mena Stephen Hough

Hungarian Dances  13’ Nos. 17-21

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1


Bartók Concerto for Orchestra


Conductor Piano

Preview 6.30pm Exiled from all he loved, Béla Bartók was lonely, impoverished and critically ill. His response? The most brilliant shout of joy in all 20th-century music. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is an uproarious salute to the human spirit, tingling with spicy colours and kicking dance-tunes. Every performance is a special occasion, but tonight, we go further, as Juanjo Mena joins the inimitable Stephen Hough for Liszt’s show-stopping First Piano Concerto. It’s bold, it’s fiery, it’s outrageously over-the-top; Brahms’s zingy Hungarian Dances merely light the touchpaper.

Friday 21 February, 7.30pm

Throstle’s Nest Junction 15’ +

Gary Carpenter SET - concerto for tenor 25’ saxophone and orchestra BBC Radio 3 commission, World Premiere

James MacMillan* The Confession of Isobel Gowdie


James MacMillan* HK Gruber Iain Ballamy +

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies*

Conductor Conductor Saxophone

Throstle’s Nest Junction is just across the Ship Canal from the BBC Philharmonic’s current home, by the Trafford Road. It is immortalised in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s musical tram-ride through his childhood – the starting point for a concert in which all three of the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer/Conductors prove that new music really can deliver timeless feeling. Still, the Mancunian way looks forward as well as back – so HK Gruber conducts the premiere of a new concerto by Gary Carpenter, played by a living jazz legend.


HK Gruber Dancing in the Dark

The Baronial Hall, Chetham’s School of Music.


BBC Philharmonic Players: Paul Patrick Percussion, Gillian Callow Cor Anglais, David Chatwin Bassoon, Bernadette Anguige Viola.


Albert Hall. Peter Street, Manchester.

Saturday 5 April, 7.30pm

John McCabe Fire at Durilgai


Sir Harrison Birtwistle Endless Parade


Holst The Planets


John Storgårds Conductor Håkan Hardenberger Trumpet Manchester Chamber Choir Everyone has their favourite moment in The Planets. But there’s more to Holst’s masterpiece than just great tunes. Tonight John Storgårds travels through the solar system and follows two northern masters on their own fantastic journeys. John McCabe wrote his Outback-inspired Fire at Durilgai especially for the BBC Philharmonic and Sir Edward Downes. Sir Harrison Birtwistle was born in Accrington and we celebrate his 80th birthday with a performance of his Endless Parade performed by the world’s greatest trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger, for whom this piece was written.

Friday 2 May, 7.30pm

Mendelssohn Overture 'The Hebrides' ('Fingal's Cave')


Juanjo Mena Stephen Hough


Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic together explore the journey of Mahler’s First Symphony, which takes us from the sounds of nature, using birdsong, to the sheer joy of living. For Robert Schumann, the centre of the world was his beloved Clara, and his Piano Concerto is half showpiece, half love-letter; Chetham’s alumnus and International Chair at the RNCM Stephen Hough knows exactly how to lay bare at its heart. The programme is completed by the Mendelssohn’s evocative overture The Hebrides.

Schumann Piano Concerto

Mahler Symphony No. 1


“Stephen Hough is one of the very greatest pianists of our time.” — Le Devoir, 2012


Conductor Piano


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Friday 23 May, 7.30pm

Rawsthorne Overture 'Street Corner' 6’

Elgar Violin Concerto


Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9


Sir Andrew Davis Conductor James Ehnes Violin Here in Manchester, we’ve always done British music a bit differently. Haslingden-born Alan Rawsthorne turns a Lowry-like street scene into five minutes of bustling fun, while Elgar pours out his soul in the passionately romantic Violin Concerto. Conductor Sir Andrew Davis has spent a lifetime with this music; there’s no greater interpreter of the visionary final Symphony. An 86-year-old composer stares boldly into the future: what he shows us might surprise you.

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“The level of engagement with the music is exceptional.” — BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, Manuel de Falla, Chandos Recordings BBC Music Magazine

“Thrilling brilliance and engagement. ” — BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, Pierné, Chandos Recordings Gramophone Magazine

“My ears are in heaven!”

“Serene, visionary – it’s music that seems to come from beyond the grave, from the other side.”

— Twitter

— Sir Andrew Davis on Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 9

“It was another brilliant evening… My 17-year-old rock listening son actually enjoyed the Mahler most of all!” — Twitter

“Just utterly beautiful.” — Twitter

“Fantastic concert! Doing Manchester proud.” — Twitter



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The Mancunian Way – an online journey As we celebrate Manchester’s continuing contribution to music, we have taken the opportunity to explore the city streets and map out Manchester’s rich and diverse musical landscape for you to enjoy online. Our map offers you the chance to uncover the stories and locations behind this year’s concert imagery, visit the home of the BBC Philharmonic, and learn more about the ties that root this season’s music firmly in our great city.

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BBC Philharmonic Learning/Community The BBC Philharmonic's Learning and Community Department takes its work all over the UK and Europe and has launched projects in many academic and community settings, as well as some more unusual places, including supermarkets, pubs, offices, shopping malls, factories, fish sheds, hospitals and fire stations! Over the last few years the orchestra has built a special relationship with Salford City Council that has enabled the orchestra to deliver a range of exciting, unusual and innovative projects. One of these projects included the creation of the Salford Family Orchestra and Chorus, who made their astonishing debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms in 2009. The BBC Philharmonic’s learning team work with around 12,000 people each year.

“The thrill of singing with such a wonderful orchestra… it was a privilege and an honour.” — Betty, Salford Choral Society

Visit to take in the sights and explore the heritage behind The Mancunian Way season.

“Eighty musically inspired participants left the workshop today feeling good about themselves, music and the BBC Philharmonic.” — Nottingham Family Orchestra Member

“Thank you for this brilliant experience. I feel lucky to have been able to take part and to show my son what is possible in terms of creativity and making music.” — Sarah, Salford Family Orchestra For more information | 20.


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Ticket Subscriptions


Tickets available from just £10.

Fixed Series can now be booked online:

Concessions for disabled patrons

Ticket bands

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Seating Area A £35 Seating Area B £28 Seating Area C £23.50 Seating Area D £19 Seating Area E £14 Seating Area F £10

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS If you book for all of the BBC Philharmonic’s 18 Bridgewater Hall concerts you will receive a 30% discount on tickets.

How to Book

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Telephone: 0161 876 2199 (bookings handled by Quaytickets) Online: In Person: The Lowry – Quaytickets Box Office Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ Booking fees apply.

Details of Fixed and Flexible Series are on page 23.

Flexible Series allows you to pick and choose the concerts you wish to attend from any of the BBC Philharmonic performances at The Bridgewater Hall listed within this brochure, or any of the concerts listed in The Bridgewater Hall’s International Series, Manchester Camerata and the Hallé’s season brochures at a generous discount. These flexible packages can be bought online: Booking forms also available on request. Choose 5–15 concerts save 15% on tickets. Choose 16+ concerts save 25% on tickets. Friends of the BBC Philharmonic receive 25% discount on any BBC Philharmonic tickets bought as part of a Flexible Series or as single tickets. This is not available online. Choir seats are only available for certain concerts and will go on sale one month before the performance date. Choir seats can be bought as part of a Flexible Series.

Concessionary Tickets A 10% discount is available in advance to students, under-26-year-olds and claimants.

Senior Citizens From two Mondays prior to the concert, senior citizens may purchase any remaining tickets at 20% discount.

Children’s Tickets A 50% discount is available for children aged 16 and under at all concerts.

Group Discounts Generous discounts are available, depending on the size of your group: Groups of 10–29 save 10% Groups of 30–49 save 15%

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Groups of 50+ save 25%

Patrons who buy all nine of the Strauss’s Voice concerts (see p8–11) will receive a 30% discount.

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Please note the joint concert on Thursday 23 January 2014 will appear as a Hallé concert online. The prices for this concert are as follows: A - £38 D - £22


Concessions are available to disabled patrons who are members of The Bridgewater Hall’s Access Scheme. Please visit for full information or call the Box Office, 0844 907 9000, to register.

B - £32 E - £17

C - £27 F - £11

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Getting to The Bridgewater Hall


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Experience live orchestral music at The Bridgewater Hall with Journey Through Music, the BBC Philharmonic’s scheme designed especially for families with 8–to 16-year-olds. With a flexible range of benefits, you can create the evening that suits you – from big discounts on ticket prices for adults and children to free workshops to learn about the orchestra and specially created programme notes to guide you through the music. Tickets are £5 for children aged 16 and under and £10 for accompanying adults. Look out for the JTM logo beside our Journey Through Music concerts, and visit us at to find out more.

Students The Sonic Card is a free scheme for students run by the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, RNCM and The Bridgewater Hall. The scheme is free to join and gives students the opportunity to buy tickets to selected concerts for just £3. The aim of The Sonic Card is to encourage students to discover a diverse range of live music events spanning a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz and world. You can sign up at or at The Sonic Card desk before any featured concert.

Friends of the BBC Philharmonic Friends receive a range of benefits, including 25% discount on tickets and free concert programmes at BBC Philharmonic concerts at The Bridgewater Hall, regular access to concerts and rehearsals at the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCityUK and special Friends events, such as the annual Christmas Party. There are also opportunities for members to work more closely with us as volunteers helping with mailings and events. Full details of benefits and a downloadable membership form can be found at Alternatively you can contact us on 0161 836 1312 or at to request a membership pack.

number of guaranteed spaces are available to Bridgewater Hall concert patrons at Park Avenue car park for £6. Spaces must be booked with the Box Office or online at least a week before the concert and are valid from 5.30pm on the date indicated. Patrons can also validate their NCP parking ticket at the Hall for Manchester Central Car Park (formerly G-Mex), Great Northern Phase 1 & 2 and Oxford Street for a discounted rate.

Disabled Parking: There are a limited number of complimentary disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders at NCP Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), allocated on a first-come-firstserved basis. Spaces are free of charge but a ticket must be booked through the Box Office with your concert tickets. Please park in one of the designated disabled parking bays and display your blue badge. This arrangement is for evening concerts only and is not available to those attending daytime or private events at the Hall.

A wheelchair drop off point is located on Lower Mosley Street outside the Hall. We must stress, however, that this is not a parking space, even for blue badge holders. Double yellow lines at the rear of The Bridgewater Hall on Great Bridgewater Street allow parking for blue badge holders except during the hours of 6am - 8am and 4pm - 6pm.

Metrolink: Metrolink tickets can be purchased online or through the Box Office at the discounted rate of £4 adult and £1.50 child, valid for all day off peak travel across the network.

Bus: The nearest bus stops for major routes into the city centre are St Peter’s Square, Portland Street and Deansgate. Rail: The nearest rail stations are Deansgate and Oxford Road. Coach: Coaches can drop off and pick up outside the main entrance on Lower Mosley Street.

Eating and Drinking at The Bridgewater Hall Why not make the most of your evening by enjoying a relaxing drink or a pre-concert meal? The Charles Hallé Restaurant Dining from 5.30pm with a fixed-price menu du jour at £21.95 for 2 courses and £27.50 for 3 courses.

The Stalls Café Bar Dining from 5.30pm with main courses typically costing £10.95. Reservations are required* – contact the Box Office at or on 0844 907 9000. *£5-per-person deposit required.



Season at a glance 2013


Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 18 January, 7.30pm

Anthony Burgess, Brahms & Elgar


Saturday 12 October, 7.30pm

Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm

Arnold, Walton & Prokofiev


Friday 18 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 1 February, 7.30pm

Kurt Schwertsik, Anthony Payne, Schubert/Detlev Glanert & David Matthews

Strauss & Shostakovich

Saturday 26 October, 7.30pm


Sibelius, Foulds, Shostakovich & Nielsen Friday 1 November, 7.30pm

Emily Howard, Grieg & Mendelssohn Friday 8 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 15 February, 7.30pm

Brahms, arr. Dvorˇák, Liszt & Bartók Friday 21 February, 7.30pm

Verdi, Bruch & Beethoven

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gary Carpenter, James MacMillan & HK Gruber

Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm

Dukas, Chausson, Berlioz & Walton

Mahler & Strauss

Friday 6 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 5 April, 7.30pm

Thomas Adès, John Adams, HK Gruber, Turina & Ginastera

John McCabe, Sir Harrison Birtwistle & Holst Friday 2 May, 7.30pm

Mendelssohn, Schumann & Mahler Friday 23 May, 7.30pm

Rawsthorne, Elgar & Vaughan Williams | 0844 907 9000

BBC Phil 2013 brochure final lowres  
BBC Phil 2013 brochure final lowres