In Virtual

Chethams Symphony Orchestra

Some of the north of England’s most high profile orchestras and classical musicians will star in a specially created virtual concert, streaming for the first time on Tuesday 5 May from 7pm.

The online event will mark the third birthday of The Stoller Hall, in Manchester.

The Stoller Hall opened in April 2017, and has been hailed by critics as the UK’s best music venue, acoustically, for classical chamber music.

Currently closed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, The Stoller Hall will mark its anniversary with the free online concert, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter and The Stoller Hall’s artistic director, Tom Redmond.

The concert will feature some of the best classical music created in the north in recent years, alongside performances from global artists such as Soweto Gospel Choir, who are due to appear at The Stoller Hall after the current lockdown.

Manchester Collective’s unique performance of Messiaen's Quartet for The End of Time at The Stoller Hall is among the highlights, alongside a section of Manchester Camerata’s stunning Mozart series.

Celebrating The Stoller Hall’s links to Chetham’s School of Music, the concert includes Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, conducted by Franz Krager in February 2019, the last major orchestral performance at the hall before lockdown.

The concert includes some of the best performances ever staged in The Stoller Hall, alongside new interview footage with musicians who have played there.

Specially recorded conversations with artists, such as Manchester Collective’s Adam Szabo, are aired for the first time, revealing an insight into the full live music experience at The Stoller Hall, while the acousticians who helped create the venue reflect on its design.

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The online concert will include the following performances:

  • Chetham's Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture, performed at The Stoller Hall 14 April 2020

  • Iyad – Khachaturian, Piano Sonata in Eb Mayor: II Andante, recorded at The Stoller Hall

  • Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra with members of the Halle Stravinsky, The Firebird performed at The Stoller Hall 23 April 2017

  • Manchester Camerata – Mozart, Piano Concerto No, performed at The Stoller Hall

  • Manchester Collective - An Exploration of Messiaen's Quartet for The End of Time, performed at The Stoller Hall December 2017

  • Manchester Camerata – Delius, Aquarelles for String Orchestra, performed at The Stoller Hall 17 January 2020. 

  • Northern Film Orchestra – The Adventure Continues – Mitchell Gibbs, recorded at The Stoller Hall 25 January 2020

  • Ben Holland – Kreisler, Scherzo-Caprice from Recitative und Scherzo-Caprice, recorded at The Stoller Hall




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