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Thursday
08
October
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Mozart & Mahler

Thursday: Mozart & Mahler


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Mozart Piano Concerto No.12, K414 12'
Mahler Symphony No.6 79'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Christian Zacharias piano





Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a seminal work of twentieth-century orchestral writing, was created during the happiest period of the composer’s life. Its first movement features tinkling Alpine cowbells and a tender love theme representing Mahler’s wife Alma, while the third portrays their children joyfully at play. Yet this almost schizophrenic work also possesses hugely tragic qualities, its finale punctuated at different points by three sinister hammer blows of fate. Whether or not Mahler had premonitions of tragedies about to befall him, with its mammoth orchestral forces and astonishingly wide emotional spectrum, a performance of Mahler’s Sixth will never be forgotten. Before this, the celebrated Mozart pianist, Christian Zacharias, returns to play the composer’s Piano Concerto No.12, a piece that charmed the audiences of its time and continues to do so today.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
22
October
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Mozart, Turnage & Stravinsky

Thursday: Mozart, Turnage & Stravinsky


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Mozart Symphony No.35, ‘Haffner’, K385 19'
Mark-Anthony Turnage Piano Concerto (2013) UK premiere 20'
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring 35'

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor | Marc-André Hamelin piano

In his first concert as the Hallé’s Principal Guest Conductor, Ryan Wigglesworth conducts Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps). Its premiere in Paris in 1913 was a famous disaster: the sensational music and choreography pushed the audience to riot! It begins with a bassoon solo representing the first stirrings of life at the end of winter and ends in the brutal ritual sacrifice of a virgin. The concert also features the much-anticipated UK premiere of the jazz-inspired piano concerto by one of Britain’s leading composers, Mark-Anthony Turnage. The soloist is the exceptional Marc-André Hamelin, for whom the work was written.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:
Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
05
November
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Verdi, Bloch & Tchaikovsky

Thursday: Verdi, Bloch & Tchaikovsky

Supported by our Legacy Partner Slater Heelis


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

THE VERA CLEGG MEMORIAL CONCERT

Verdi Overture: The Force of Destiny 9'
Bloch Schelomo 22'
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony 57'

Nikolaj Znaider conductor | Jian Wang cello

The fate theme running through this season comes to the fore with the dramatic overture Verdi composed for his great opera The Force of Destiny. Young Chinese virtuoso, Jian Wang, then performs Bloch’s Schelomo. It is a fascinating, quintessentially Jewish work in which the cello represents the voice of King Solomon, the orchestra his fate and the world that surrounds him. The excellent Nikolaj Znaider conducts Tchaikovsky’s rarely-performed Manfred Symphony, a piece some regard as his greatest orchestral work. It graphically depicts the fate of its tragic Byronic hero, from his tortured wanderings in the mountains, to a vision he sees in a waterfall, an infernal orgy and, eventually, his ultimate demise.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
26
November
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: M.Gandolfi, Poulenc & Berlioz

Thursday: M.Gandolfi, Poulenc & Berlioz


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Michael Gandolfi The Garden of Cosmic Speculation movements 8'
Poulenc Gloria 28'
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique 49'

Cristian Macelaru conductor | Louise Alder soprano | Hallé Choir

Cristian Macelaru, the recently appointed Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, returns to Manchester to direct a captivating programme. Poulenc’s Gloria is a work of both piety and earthiness. In fact, in the words of its composer, it was partly suggested to him by ‘some serious Benedictine monks revelling in a game of football’! The concert opens with selected movements from Michael Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, a piece inspired by Charles Jencks’ remarkable science-based garden in South West Scotland. Berlioz’s great Symphonie fantastique was truly ground-breaking for its time. Subtitled ‘Episode in an Artist’s Life’, it is to an extent an autobiographical piece. It begins with innocent daydreams but leads to opium-fuelled visions of murder, execution and a witches’ Sabbath!

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
10
December
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: T'kovsky, B'oven & Rach'nov

Thursday: T'kovsky, B'oven & Rach'nov


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Tchaikovsky Fatum * 10'
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 34'
Rachmaninov Symphony No.3 45'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Harish Shankar conductor * | Stephen Hough piano

The young Malaysian, Harish Shankar, opens this concert by conducting a hidden Tchaikovsky gem: Fatum, the composer’s dramatic and richly-melodic meditation on the power of fate. Stephen Hough, a quite exceptional artist and a great friend of the Hallé, then joins Sir Mark and the orchestra for Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. This lovely work owes a great deal to the influence of Mozart, though there is also much that is distinctively Beethoven. While it is a product of the mid-1930s, the musical language of Rachmaninov’s glorious Third Symphony is essentially romantic. Its Adagio is particularly ravishing, exuding as it does great nostalgia for the exiled Rachmaninov’s native Russia. Stunning orchestral virtuosity comes in the work’s quite brilliant finale.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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Thursday
14
January
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Wagner, Weber & Brahms

Thursday: Wagner, Weber & Brahms


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Wagner A Faust Overture 12'
Weber Bassoon Concerto 17'
Brahms Symphony No.1 47'

Lothar Koenigs conductor | Gretha Tuls bassoon

Lothar Koenigs returns to conduct Brahms’s majestic First Symphony. Hailed as Beethoven’s ‘Tenth’ after its premiere, it is a jewel of the repertoire. Among much else, its finale’s transition from shadow into light is one of the greatest moments in all music. Weber’s alluring Bassoon Concerto has a march-like first movement, a gloriously lyrical second and an impishly playful finale. The orchestra’s new principal bassoonist Gretha Tuls will more than meet its considerable technical demands. Wagner’s A Faust Overture magnificently portrays the restless yearnings of the human soul and its vain struggles with destiny.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
11
February
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Mahler, Shostakovich

Thursday: Mahler, Shostakovich


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead 20'
Mahler Kindertotenlieder 26'
Shostakovich Symphony No.15 42'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Roderick Williams baritone

This concert opens with Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, his great, mystical tone poem depicting Charon, the ferryman of Greek mythology. The composition of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder coincided with that of his Sixth Symphony, a work Sir Mark conducted here in October. Featuring tonight the renowned Roderick Williams, these gentle and intimate songs express sorrow, tenderness, wistfulness and finally, resignation to fate. Shostakovich likened the first movement of his fifteenth and last symphony to a ‘toy shop’. Laden with quotations from his own works, it also includes most famously a bizarre reference to the galop from Rossini’s William Tell Overture. As with other works from the last years of his life the music treads a fine line between vitality and disillusion. The emergence of the ‘Fate’ motif from Wagner’s Die Walküre is just one of many signs of underlying unease behind the mask.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
17
March
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Henze, Ravel, Liszt & Beethoven

Thursday: Henze, Ravel, Liszt & Beethoven


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Henze The Enchanted Forest 12'
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand 19'
Liszt Totentanz (Dance of Death)16'
Beethoven Symphony No.5 34'

Markus Stenz conductor | Kirill Gerstein piano

Markus Stenz and the Hallé begin with Henze’s The Enchanted Forest, an atmospheric orchestral medley adapted from the composer’s opera König Hirsch (The Stag King). Kirill Gerstein, hailed by the New York Times as ‘one of the most respected pianists of his generation’, is then the soloist in Ravel’s pulsating Concerto for the Left Hand, a work influenced by Spanish music and jazz. Remarkably, throughout the piece Ravel makes one hand sound like two! Liszt’s Totentanz is another extraordinary work for piano and orchestra. Years ahead of its time when first performed, it is a set of virtuosic variations that paraphrases the ancient plainchant, the ominous Dies Irae. In the second half the fate theme reaches its glorious apotheosis in Beethoven’s legendary Fifth Symphony, with its iconic four-note ‘fate’ motif.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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Thursday
07
April
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Elgar, Casken, Ravel & Williams

Thursday: Elgar, Casken, Ravel & Williams


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte 7’
John Casken Apollinaire’s Bird (Oboe Concerto, 2014) 25'
Elgar Une Voix dans le Desert 11'
Vaughan Williams Williams Symphony No.4 34'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Stéphane Rancourt oboe

In 2014, the Hallé’s principal oboist Stéphane Rancourt wowed us with the world premiere of John Casken’s Apollinaire’s Bird. The concerto (which has been short-listed for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award) was such a success with audiences, Sir Mark wanted to repeat the performance as soon as possible. It takes as its inspiration a poem Apollinaire wrote while fighting in the trenches during the First World War. We also hear two fascinating Elgar works composed during that same conflict. When Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony was premiered in 1935, the work seemed to presage the coming of another war. It is a symphony of extraordinary, almost apocalyptic power that never fails to make a massive impression.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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Thursday
21
April
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Stravinsky, Bach & Schumann

Thursday: Stravinsky, Bach & Schumann


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER


Stravinsky Chorale Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch 11'
Bach Magnificat in D, BWV243 30'
Schumann Symphony No.3, ‘Rhenish’ 31'

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor | Soloists | Hallé Choir

In 1956 Stravinsky adapted and orchestrated a set of variations Bach made on his Christmas hymn ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’. The result is an ingenious and delightful work, at once both Bach and Stravinsky! The Hallé Choir and soloists will also be in fine voice for Bach’s Magnificat, one of the composer’s greatest choral works. After the interval we hear the ‘Rhenish’ Symphony, Schumann’s great musical evocation of the beauties of Germany’s Rhineland. Each of its five richly contrasted movements portrays various elements of local scenery, history and folklore. Appropriately for this concert, the fourth of these – an evocation of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral – pays tribute to none other than Johann Sebastian Bach.


Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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