BBC Radio 3’s Manchester Week celebrates music-making in Manchester, with performances by the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Chloë Hanslip, and Manchester Collective amongst others

18th January 2022

Nine live and pre-recorded performances as part of BBC Radio 3 in Concert & BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Monday 24 to Friday 28 January 2022

Following the cancellation of the January 2021 Manchester Week due to COVID-19, BBC Radio 3 announces new plans for a week of live and pre-recorded concerts from the English city, featuring performances from some of the city’s best-known concert halls and venues:  Bridgewater Hall, the Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Salford’s The White Hotel and Media City, home of the BBC Philharmonic.

Highlighting BBC Radio 3’s continued commitment to connecting listeners and performers with broadcasts of music-making as it happens all over the UK, the Manchester Week celebrates the city’s ensembles, musicians, and composers, with appearances by established and up-and-coming artists, presenting well-known as well as experimental repertoire.

A series of five Radio 3 in Concert programmes showcase the wide variety of the city’s performing groups in all sizes and combinations, alongside four Lunchtime Concerts live from the Stoller Hall, in partnership with Chetham’s School of Music. Introduced by Elizabeth Alker, these recitals feature the emerging talents of some of the current and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists: pianist Pavel Kolesnikov; tenor Alessandro Fisher and pianist Kunal Lahiry; the Consone Quartet; and the Mithras Trio.

The week kicks off on Monday 24 January with a special pre-recorded edition of BBC Radio 3 in Concert, presented by Tom McKinney, featuring Manchester Camerata and conductor Alexander Sitovetsky in an all-Mozart programme, including Piano Concerto No 9 in E-flat major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”  with soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Other BBC Radio 3 in Concert episodes as part of the Week feature:

–        trailblazing home-grown experimental music group Manchester Collective as captured at a performance in December at  Salford’s The White Hotel, presenting music by Bryce Dessner, Dobrinka Tabakova, Michael Gordon, and world premieres by Ben Nobuto and Sebastian Gainsborough;

–        soloist Chloë Hanslip and the Northern Chamber Orchestra in music for string orchestra and percussion by Grieg, Finzi, Elgar, and Shostakovich, as recorded at the Stoller Hall;

–        Salford-resident BBC Philharmonic live from Media City with conductor Ben Gernon and Chetham’s School of Music’s alumnus cellist Guy Johnston, presenting the Cello Concerto by Manchester-born William Walton;

–        Music Director Sir Mark Elder and theHallé Orchestra in a pre-recorded performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 at Bridgewater Hall with soloist Alice Coote.

BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey says: “Here at BBC Radio 3 we are passionate about reflecting the amazing musical life of this country and bringing it to audiences the world over. This mission matters even more in the current climate, with the ongoing global pandemic and ensuing uncertainties  affecting audiences’ opportunities to enjoy the live music they crave, and for musicians to be able to play, connect and make a difference. With the Manchester Week, we take a moment to celebrate inspiring talent  in inspiring venues, and to put the spotlight on one of the UK and the world’s most creative and culturally vibrant cities. ”

Notes to Editors – Listings Information

Monday 24 January

Radio 3 in Concert: Manchester Camerata, 19:30 – 22:00

Presented by Tom McKinney

Recorded in October 2021, this was one of the Camerata’s online only concerts.
Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major K. 364
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”  
Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C major K 550 ‘Jupiter’
Manchester Camerata

Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)

Timothy Ridout (viola)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Alexander Sitkovetksy (conductor)

Tuesday 25 January

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Pavel Kolesnikov, 13:00 – 14:00

Presented by Elizabeth Alker

As part of Manchester Week 2022, former Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov gives a live recital at The Stoller Hall.


Louis Couperin – Unmeasured prelude in G minor
Fauré – Nocturne in E minor, Op.107
Reynaldo Hahn – Ouranos
Schubert – Piano Sonata in G major, D894

Radio 3 in Concert: Manchester Collective, 19:30 – 22:00

Presented by Elizabeth Alker

Big percussion, live electronics and amplified strings from Manchester Collective’s Heavy Metal concert recorded at The White Hotel in Salford in December last year. Presented by Elizabeth Alker.
Bryce Dessner – Aheym
Dobrinka Tabakova – Insight
Ben Nobuto – SERENITY 2.0
Michael Gordon – Industry
Sebastian Gainsborough – Squint
Manchester Collective
Beibei Wang (Percussion)
Rakhi Singh (Violin)
Julian Azkoul (Violin)
Ruth Gibson (Viola)
Stephanie Tress (Cello)
Joe Reiser (Live sound / electronics)

Wednesday 26 January

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Alessandro Fisher and Kunal Lahiry, 13:00 – 14:00

Presented by Elizabeth Alker

Radio 3 New Generation Artists, tenor Alessandro Fisher and pianist Kunal Lahiry perform live at the Stoller Hall, taking us through the seasons in song, featuring music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Schubert, Gounod, Sibelius Armas Järnefelt, Erik Bergman and Grieg.
Debussy – Paysage Sentimental
Mendelssohn – Winterlied Op.19a
Vaughan Williams – The Winter’s willow
Sibelius – Demanten på Marssnon, Op.36
Oskar Merikanto – Kun päivä paistaa, Op.24
Grieg – Våren Op.33
Vaughan Williams – To daffodils
Gounod – Chanson de Printemps
Schubert – Frühlingsglaube, D.686
Mendelssohn – Frühlingsglaube, Op.9
Peter Cornelius – Frühling im Sommer
Armas Järnefelt – Solsken
Joseph Marx – Nocturne
Sibelius – Sommarnatten Op.90
Leevi Madetoja – Yrtit tummat, Op.9
Toivo Kuula – Syystunnelma, Op.2
Erik Bergman – Serenade, Op.35
Grieg – Efteraarsstormen, Op.18

Radio 3 in Concert: Chloë Hanslip and the Northern Chamber Orchestra, 19:30 – 22:00

Presented by Ian Skelly

Violinist Chloë Hanslipand the Northern Chamber Orchestra perform a concert of music for string orchestra and percussion as recorded at the Stoller Hall.
Grieg – Holberg Suite op. 40
Finzi – Romance for String Orchestra op. 11
Elgar – Serenade for Strings op. 20
Shostakovich – Sonata for violin, percussion and string orchestra op. 134

Thursday 27 January

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: The Consone Quartet, 13:00 – 14:00

Presented by Elizabeth Alker

Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Consone Quartet are joined by cellist Alexander Rolton to play chamber music by Mozart & Onslow, live at the Stoller Hall.
Mozart – String Quartet in C major, K.465 “Dissonance”
Onslow – String Quintet No.15 in C minor, Op.38 “The Bullet”

Radio 3 in Concert: BBC Philharmonic – Enchantment and Melody from Salford Quays, 19:30 – 22:00

Presented by Tom McKinney

The last of Greater Manchester-born William Walton’s three concertos forms the centre-piece of the BBC Philharmonic’s live performance from Media City. This evening, they are joined by cellist Guy Johnston, a Chetham’s School of Music alumnus. The programme closes with music from Stravinsky’s 1945 iconic ballet, The Firebird Suite. Dance rhythms and opulent melody also shine through Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony which opens the evening with some of the best-known melodies in the orchestral repertoire.
Dvořák – Symphony No. 8
Walton – Cello Concerto
Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (1945)
Guy Johnston (cello)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Friday 28 January

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: The Mithras Trio, 13:00 – 14:00

Presented by Elizabeth Alker

To end this week of live Lunchtime Concerts from the Stoller Hall, Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Mithras Trio play chamber music by Mozart, Fauré and Helen Grime.
Mozart – Piano Trio in C major, K.548
Helen Grime – 3 Whistler Miniatures
Fauré – Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120

Radio 3 in Concert: The Hallé, 19:30 – 22:00

Presented by Tom McKinney

Closing BBC Radio 3’s Manchester Week is a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3, as recorded at Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé led by Sir Mark Elder, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote. 
Mahler – Symphony No. 3
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Sopranos and altos of the Hallé Choir
Hallé Children’s Choir
Hallé Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)