Manchester Classical: A symphony of collaboration and celebration at The Bridgewater Hall

A groundbreaking 48-hour event at The Bridgewater Hall, uniting world-class ensembles and artists in a captivating weekend of music, film, food, crafts, and unparalleled collaboration.

By Manchester's Finest | 24 April 2023

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The Bridgewater Hall is set to host a groundbreaking collaboration of the city’s finest ensembles and orchestras for a 48-hour event on 24 and 25 June. Manchester Classical will present the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Collective, and a host of esteemed artists who will unite to offer an exceptional weekend of music, film, food, crafts, and free foyer entertainment.

Throughout the weekend, the main stage will feature hour-long concerts that explore the depths of orchestral music, ranging from iconic symphonic works to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces. Manchester’s world-renowned ensembles will be joined by international artists who seamlessly blend classical with contemporary, experimental with jazz.

Bridgewater Hall

In the Barbirolli Room, free performances will be provided by groups including Psappha and Hallé choirs. Students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) will furnish entertainment in The Bridgewater Hall’s foyer during the entire weekend.

Manchester Classical offers an unparalleled opportunity for individuals who have yet to experience the captivating power of orchestral music or visit The Bridgewater Hall. This event presents a unique occasion for both newcomers and aficionados alike to discover an array of diverse and engaging performances.

The weekend’s program includes the following highlights:

  • A Northern Song: A family concert commemorating the genius of Victoria Wood, featuring the Hallé Children’s Choir and a new piece commissioned by the Hallé.
  • Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra: Anja Bihlmaier conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a performance of three Hungarian Dances by Brahms, as well as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.
  • Neon: Manchester Collective delves into the darker side of urban dreams through works by Hannah Peel, Michael Gordon, and Steve Reich.
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: Kahchun Wong conducts the Hallé in a performance of Mussorgsky’s renowned work, accompanied by superstar saxophonist Jess Gillam.
  • I was guided by the following vision: Manchester Camerata’s concert explores the struggle between chaos and the need for peace, featuring works by Daniel Pioro, Anna Clyne, Holly Harrison, and Pēteris Vasks.

Manchester Classical promises to be a landmark event in the city’s cultural calendar, with The Bridgewater Hall hosting an unforgettable weekend of world-class performances and enriching experiences.


Manchester Classical
Where: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS
When: Sat 24 & Sun 25 Jun
Price: £2-£10