Porgy And Bess: Celebrating A Classic Album


Saturday 17th July 2021 - Saturday 17th July 2021

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets £29.50, £25.50 and £18.50 (including box office charges). Concessions save 10%. Anyone in full-time education £5 (including box office charges). Please note, sales close for this event on Monday 12 July.

Matinee performance - Saturday 17 July 2021 - 2.15pm
Evening performance - Saturday 17 July 2021 - 7pm

There are a number of special arrangements in place to ensure your safety and wellbeing. You can find the details here.

Each concert will last around 65 to 75 minutes and will not have an interval

Gershwin (arranged by Ryan Quigley) - Strike Up the Band
Gershwin (arranged by Russell Garcia, transcribed and adapted by Ryan Quigley) - Porgy and Bess (1958)

Stephen Bell

Nicola Emmanuelle, vocalist
Enrico Tomasso, trumpet/vocalist
Ryan Quigley, trumpet
Nichol Thomson, trombone
Calum Gourlay, jazz bass
Guy Rickarby, drums
James Pearson, piano

Award-winning trumpeter Ryan Quigley has recreated and re-orchestrated the legendary lost arrangements by Russell Garcia for the Grammy award-winning album from 1959.

Originally written for the celebrated partnership of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Ryan first had the idea of turning this classic album into a live performance over a decade ago, after receiving the blessing of Russell Garcia himself. British jazz legend Enrico Tomasso was famously mentored by Louis Armstrong and is one of the world’s best-known exponents of this style. Enrico is joined by powerhouse vocalist Nicola Emmanuelle for a rare chance to hear this iconic music performed live.

Ryan set about rewriting the music in January 2019 and the work received its live world premiere in Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the direction of Hallé Pops conductor, Stephen Bell. Stephen will be raising the baton again to present this concert with the Hallé for the UK premiere of these Gershwin classics.

Ryan will be leading the brass section through his newly-penned recreation for what promises to be a night to remember.

View our digital programme here

Ticket Information >>

Ticket prices include The Bridgewater Hall £2.50 ticket charge. The number of available seats has been greatly reduced from the Hall’s usual capacity due to social distancing, so you are advised to book as quickly as possible. Ticket sales for individual concerts will close the Monday before each event.

Concessionary tickets (saving 10%) are available for individual concerts for senior citizens, those in receipt of government benefits and NHS workers.
Anyone in full-time education can buy individual tickets for £5 (including box office charges). You can buy these concessionary tickets (subject to availability)
at any time after booking opens, up to the Monday before each concert.

If you book subscription packages for all six concerts (either at 2.15pm or 7pm), you will receive a discount of 10%, and there will be no ticket charges. This means you can buy all six concerts for only £145.80, £124.20 or £86.40. The Bridgewater Hall £2.50 ticket charge is not levied on subscription bookings.

Please note that to enter the Hall, everyone requires a printed ticket. Your tickets will have entry times on them, to allow for minimum contact within the hall. In
order that there is time to post tickets out, sales for individual concerts will close the Monday before each event. Again, to avoid delays we encourage you to book as soon as possible. Subscription tickets will be sent out all together, covering the whole season.

Patrons should note the measures in place for admission to The Bridgewater Hall. Please visit here for details.