Music & Opera in Manchester & the NorthWest
Mosley Street, Manchester M2.
Tel: 0161-950 0000. Box Office: 0161-907 9000.
This recently completed international concert hall is one of
the city's most important civic buildings, and a key element
in the regeneration of Manchester as it faces the millennium.
It was designed by Renton Howard Wood Levin in 1996, and is
now one of the most acoustically superior classical music venues
in the world. Its impressive auditorium seats 2,400 people,
and is a world class venue for visiting international orchestras
and will host regular performances by the city's BBC
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manchester
Camerata and other leading music ensembles. The auditorium
is designed to be warm and dynamic with acoustics carefully
designed to produce high quality sound reproduction, whether
it be of a full symphony orchestra or the clarity of a single
The whole building is mounted on a system of 270 giant foundation
"springs" which isolate it from vibration and resultant noise
so that concert-goers can appreciate musical performance without
interference from passing traffic. Beneath seating run channels
for the invisible air conditioning system, so that comfortable
temperatures can be maintained whatever the weather outside.
Part of the nearby Rochdale Canal has been connected to the
purpose-built basin, so that visitors can look down on the brightly
coloured barges which moor there. The building complex was designed
by the Renton Howard Wood Levin Partnership, specialists in
concert hall design, and was built by the Laing Construction
Company. Inside there are foyers on four different levels linked
by an impressive staircase. These foyers contain refreshment
The whole concept of the concert hall is one of tradition and
renaissance : it is designed to nurture the musical excellence
which already resides within the city, and to bring it a fresh
vitality which a fine building such as this might inspire.
Manchester Evening News Arena
Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester
24 Hour Ticket Hotline: Tel: 0161-930 8000.
Completed in 1995, the Manchester Arena is a major venue for
all kinds of performances, including classical recitals and
concerts, pop and rock bands, as well as hosting sporting events.
It was the home base for the now defunct Manchester Storm Ice
Hockey Team and the Manchester Giants Basketball Team.
Concerts are periodic - telephone for programme of forthcoming
events. Storm and Giants games tend to take place on Saturday
and Sunday throughout the winter season.
The 19,500 seater arena has full facilities, bars, refreshments
and concessions stalls. Advance booking office, dedicated car
parking and direct access to Victoria Rail Station for InterCity
and local Metrolink connections. One of Manchester's newest
performance venues, Nynex is built on the site of the old Exchange
Station. It has, within its first few years, attracted major
artists such as the Three Tenors (Placido Domingo, José Careras
and Luciano Pavarotti), popular singers like Celine Dion, Simply
Red, Barry Manilow and Eric Clapton.
Opera House Manchester
Parties and Groups of 10 or more: Tel: 0161-245 6666.
One of Manchester's biggest venues for large theatrical productions,
opera, dance and modern West End musicals. This is a very elegant
old building, seating 2000. Disabled facilities.
it was named the 'New Theatre' when it opened on Boxing Day
in 1912, and after 5 years being known as the 'New Queens',
it took on its present title in the 1930s under new ownership.
It was always a celebrated theatre. In its time, its shows featured
such great actors as Sir John Geilgud, Peter Ustinov, Vivienne
Leigh and Sir Alec Guinness.
has hosted such shows as "Oklahoma!", "Kiss Me Kate", "South
Pacific", and "My Fair Lady", as well as Gilbert
& Sullivan operettas, and in more recent times Andrew Lloyd
Webber's record-breaking musical "Phantom of the Opera". Suffering
a similar fate to many theatres and cinemas, its audiences declined
in the 1970s, preferring to stay at home to watch television.
It was closed in 1979.
a renaissance in interest and a great deal of petitioning to
save the Palace Theatre from a similar fate resulted in the
Arts Council stepping in and the Opera House being saved and
reopened. Now, thanks to a lively and commercial business approach,
it is a most successful theatre.
Sir Charles Hallé
Office Bookings Tel: 0161-907 9000
Hallé Concerts Society Tel: 0161-237 7000
The world renowned Hallé Orchestra, whose home is Manchester,
is the oldest professional orchestra in Britain. Founded by
played for many years in the Free Trade Hall, (now the Radisson
Edwardian Hotal), before moving to the new purpose-built International
Concert Hall, the Bridgewater
Hall, nearby GMEX Centre
in 1996, under the new musical direction of Kent Nagano. Their
performing season is from October through to May, and always
includes a wide variety of Classical and orchestral pieces,
as well as hosting many international soloists and celebrities.
Numerous recordings available. About half of their performances
are in Manchester, but they have a full travelling international
diary too. The orchestra has a large and long recording history,
and most popular classical pieces are available as Hallé
Orchestra recordings. Widely involved in educational initiatives.
Proms series in June and July, regular Thursday concerts from
September to May, Opus One Series of well-known classical favourites
on other days, and Hallé Pops designed to introduce newcomers
to the joys of classical music.
Royal Northern College of Music
Oxford Road, Manchester M13. Tel: 0161-907 5278
The prestigious Royal Northern College of Music attracts musical
prodigies from all over Britain and the world, and puts many
an aspiring young musician into the forefront of musical performance.
It presents regular classical music concerts to the public,
with a full programme, ranging from solo performances and chamber
ensembles to full orchestral and choral works, staged most nights
of the week. Spring operas with acclaimed performances by students.
Performances are from student groups based at the college and
visiting companies. Phone for current programme.
Its growing international reputation has grown over the years,
particularly in its vocal department, which has produced singers
like Jane Eaglen and Amanda Roocroft.
northern BBC Orchestra, with its principal conductor, Yan Pascal
Tortelier, which contributes significantly to the regional,
national and international musical performance scene. From September
1996 their main performance venue will be the Bridgewater Hall.
Many Radio 3 performances at the BBC Oxford Road Building, and
CD music to their credit. Their Professional Access Scheme allows
visiting musicians and students to experience playing with the
orchestra. Frequent Family Concerts designed for younger audiences.
information and tickets Tel: 0161-225 8357.
Since its foundation in 1972, the Manchester Camerata has become
well established as part of the city's and the nation's musical
life. It is now ranked among the finest professional orchestras
of its kind in the UK. It performs over 100 concerts a year
- most in the northwest - but many abroad. Its new home is the
Bridgewater Concert Hall. It can vary from as few as 10 players
to 80, depending on the nature of the music being played. Sachio
Fujioka was appointed its principal conductor in the 1995-96
season. The Manchester Camerata has been hailed by the press
as "one of the country's sleekest and most polished ensembles",
and "stylishly elegant playing from the whole ensemble". Many
recent international tours, including Japan, France, Germany
and Hong Kong. Involved in many musical and educational initiatives,
including the "Young Musician of the Year" competition
for Cheshire schools, and the "Big Bridgewater Challenge".
of the Barnby Choir
local choir begun at Manchester Cathedral in 1945, now based
in Wilmslow. Their website contains a great deal of information
for would-be singing enthusiasts, as well as a history of the
choir, events and membership details.
Contact: Margaret Fletcher - Publicity Secretary.
Tel: 0161-439 8184. Email: email@example.com
of Manchester Music Department
in a purpose-built arts centre, The Martin Harris Centre for
Music and Drama, which includes the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
and the John Thaw Studio Theatre.
Offers a regular season of music concerts, theatrical productions
and other other events including a Creative Writing Reading
More information on their website at: www.manchester.ac.uk/martinharriscentre
Chamber Concerts Society
Chamber Concerts Society promotes a series of seven chamber
music concerts each year at the Royal Northern College of Music
in Manchester. The emphasis is on presenting leading international
musicians as well as highly talented younger players. Programming
is particularly important; we seek out artists who are willing
to include the greatest music written for small ensembles from
the eighteenth century to the present day.For
listings and booking information, see: Website: www.chamberconcerts.org.
at: The High School, Oughtrington Lane, Lymm, Cheshire. Website:
Ladies Barbershop Chorus with 78 members from all over the North
West. UK and International medallists, Sainsbury Choir of
the Year finalists. Available for booking via the website.
Venues around Greater Manchester
Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire. Tel: 01298-72190.
concerts and chamber ensembles as well as opera and dramatic
West Street, Oldham. Tel: 0161-911 4072.
Hills Open Theatre
Civit Hills Farm, Sutton, Macclesfield.
Tel: 01260-252322. During the summer months.
Fairbottom Street, Oldham. Tel: 0161-624 2829.
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester.
Tel: 0161-832 9000 (Box office). 0161-834 2700 (Enquiries).
Classical Music Ensembles & Opera Venues in the North of England
Cheadle, Cheshire. Tel 07812 952 006
Professional string quartet for weddings, corporate events,
private functions etc. Website: www.4tunemusic.net. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire. Tel: 01298-72190.
Various concerts and chamber ensembles as well as opera and
45 High Grove, Cheadle. Tel: 0161-428 4765.
Classical, light, string quartet & flute. For hire at all events.
School of Music
Long Millgate, Manchester. Tel: 0161-834 9644.
Free lunchtime concerts every weekday from about 1.30pm-2.30pm.
The Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir
give perform in Britain and all over the world.
See main entry - Chethams School
Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. Tel: 0161-928 9146.
c/o 10 Hazlemere Avenue, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8LZ.
Macclesfield Oriana Choir is a long established and active community
The Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield.
A registered charity with a large membership. Regular Saturday
performances of piano recitals, string quartets and individual
Deansgate, Manchester. Tel: 0161-833 2220.
Cantata Choir performances and organ recitals. See main entry
- Manchester Cathedral.
Midday Concerts Society
Play at various settings, including Thursday lunchtime concerts
at the Royal Exchange Theatre, as well as in St Ann's Church,
St Ann's Square, Manchester. Details by phone - Tel: 0161-833
Music for all occasions, weddings and corporate functions our
163 Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7PY. Tel: 07816
Email: email@example.com. Website: www.manchesterstringquartet.co.uk.
Manchester University Department of Music
University, Denmark Road, Manchester 15. Tel: 0161-275 4982.
Group of Manchester, The
Base address : 1 Thornton Road, Rusholme, Manchester 13. Tel:
Formed in 1991, this five-piece chamber group has achieved great
acclaim in its short lifetime. Playing at venues like the Royal
Insurance Concert Hall in the RNCM.
Jubilee House, Acton Square, Salford. Tel: 0161-941 7337.
A varied portfolio of classical works including Mahler, Elgar
and Mozart. Music Director : Nicholas Ward. A registered Charity,
which is available for bookings.
Based at Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU.
Tel: 0113 22 33 711.
A Yorshire based company which performs regularly at the Lowry
in Salford Quays. Website: www.operanorth.co.uk.
Court String Quartet
7 Mosswood Park, Didsbury, Manchester M20. Tel: 0161-445 8614.
Available for weddings, functions, dinners, etc.
Website: www.thequartet.co.uk. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Street Oldham. Box Office Tel: 0161-911 4072.
Frequent classical recitals, choral and opera. Contact Box Office
The Rochdale Light Orchestra was established in April 2008 by
a group of enthusiasts led by composer/conductor Graham Marshall.
It brings together amateur musicians who enjoy rehearsing and
performing light-hearted music of all ages. Composers in our
repertory include Sousa, John Williams, Elgar, Delius, Gounod,
Gershwin, Kern and 'Trad'.
you play an orchestral instrument and have reached at least
Grade 5 or its equivalent, you will be more than welcome to
come and join us. We meet on most Mondays in school term times
from 7.30 to 9.30pm in St. Martin's Church Hall, Castleton,
Rochdale. The hall is part of the church building. The entrance
is in Vicarage Road North - just off the A664. There is free
kerbside parking along both sides of the road.
experience of playing in an orchestra is not necessary, though
that would obviously be an advantage. But belonging to an orchestra
involves teamwork and commitment to a regular rehearsal schedule
as well as taking part in well-prepared public concerts. (Which
probably sounds more daunting than it really is, if you're enjoying
the shared experience of music-making in a controlled but relaxed
welcome players in every orchestral department, including percussion,
keyboard, harp, saxophones.... The more the merrier! Why not
come and join us?
information can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
or contacting Graham on 01706 642139.
Contact: Diane Dunning. Tel: 01706 670 251. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm at St Philips
Church, St Philips Place, off Chapel Street, Salford.
Founded in 1947, is now one of the North Wests leading
choirs with some 100 members from all over Greater Manchester.
Normally five concerts a year in Manchester and Salford, working
with professional soloists and orchestras.
Ann's Music Society
St Ann's Square, Manchester. Tel: 0161-834 0239.
Organ recitals at 12.45pm, as well as an extensive programme
of other musical events and performances. Lunchtime concert
on Wednesdays at 1.00pm, Piano Recitals on Sundays at 3.00pm.
Telephone for programme.
Amateur Operatic Society
Contact: Mrs Pat Marney (Chairman),
3 Hazel Close, Marple, Stockport SK6 7QT. Tel: 0845 3 307 304.
Meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm at St. Andrew's Hall,
Gorsey Mount Street, Stockport. Other rehearsals more frequent
approaching time of annual show in mid-October each year. Annual
musical show presented by Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square, Stockport
- Tel: 0161-477 7779.
Town Hall Ballroom, Stockport. Tel: (Mobile) 07947 474574.
Plays in Stockport Town Hall on certain Saturdays at 7.30pm
- phone for current diary of events. Reputedly the best non-professional
orchestra in the UK. Specialises in presenting rarely heard
and adventurous works of music.
Hall & Park
Knutsford, Cheshire. Tel: 01565 654 822.
32 South Grove, Sale. Tel: 0161-969 5772/485 1458. Light classical
music for all occasions.
of Salford Midday Recitals
Normally held in the University's Maxwell Hall which seats over
1000, and a major venue for many years of the BBC Northern Symphony
Orchestra. Regular midday concerts, and most are free. Phone
for details of programme: Tel: 0161-736 4631.
Victoria Hall Glossop
Frequent classical performances.
Contact Tel: 01457-853 137.