Thursday 23rd March 2023

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets (including fees) from £15.50 to £46; Under 30s and full-time student discount available

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Thursday 23 March 2023 - 7.30pm

Tuning Up event 6.30pm in the auditorium - free to concert ticket holders
Hallé Chief Executive, David Butcher, in conversation with Ryan Wigglesworth and Matthew Hamilton about Magnificat

Ryan Wigglesworth - Magnificat (UK PREMIERE)
Mahler - Symphony No.4

Ryan Wigglesworth

Sophie Bevan , soprano
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Hallé Choir, choral director Matthew Hamilton

Multi-talented as composer, conductor and pianist, Ryan Wigglesworth is well-known as a former Hallé Principal Guest Conductor and Associate Artist, who has become Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony 0rchestra this season. The concert’s first half comprises the UK premiere of a Hallé/Bergen Philharmonic co-commission, Wigglesworth’s setting of the Magnificat, in which the Hallé Choir are joined by leading lyric soprano Sophie Bevan. Intriguingly, Wigglesworth regards the text as ‘a song of praise and thanksgiving’, but also Mary’s ‘personal manifesto’. It’s the spirit of the German folk poems, Das Knaben Wunderhorn (The boy’s magic horn) that pervades Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. It’s famous for its Scherzo, an eerie ‘Dance of Death’ and finale, in which Bevan’s ‘compelling … rich and powerful voice’ (Glasgow Herald) will embody a child’s vision of heaven.

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