The Stoller Hall kicks off 2023 with a season of classical, jazz and folk stalwarts

One of Manchester’s leading music venues has announced the first quarter of its 2023 season.

By Emma Davidson | 30 November 2022

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After a stellar lineup of concerts and artists in the Stoller Hall’s 2022 season, 2023 promises to be just as exciting, bringing together a number of high profile musicians and orchestras together with rising stars and up and coming performers.

From classical and chamber to jazz, folk and world – plus leading names in the world of comedy and family entertainment – there really is something to suit all tastes and ages next year.

The Stoller Hall Classical series continues its collaboration with the renowned Manchester Camerata bringing the second instalment of its Mozart Made in Manchester series to the venue in March. Delving further into the sound-world of Mozart’s later operas as well as some of his most epic piano concertos.

In partnership with The Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, The Stoller Hall is bringing together The Sacconi Quartet and Matthew Wadsworth. Championing new music and experimenting with its repertoire has become part of the acclaimed quartet’s trademark style. This concert will be no exception – bringing a fresh and imaginative approach to chamber music.

Praised by The Guardian as “one of the most adaptable chamber groups in the country”  the Stoller Hall is hosting Ensemble 360 – renowned for its bold programming and engaging interpretations of music. They will perform as part of the new 2023 season in an evening of music which includes Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, and Schumann’s expansive Piano Quintet.

One of the world’s leading chamber musicians, with more than 70 albums to his credit, John Lenehan, will be in concert with rising star violinist Cristian Grajner de Sa. Quickly establishing himself as one of the greatest violinists of the future, de Sa together with Lenehan – one of the most versatile pianists on the classical scene today – will perform a varied and lively programme.

Continuing with the more contemporary sound, The Stoller Hall is also thrilled to bring eight time Grammy Award-winning arranger and “dopest musician” formerly of Prince and The New Power Generation trumpeter and singer song-writer Philip Lassiter to Manchester for the first time. Expect an evening of deep grooves, swaggering horns and soul-stirring vocal performance.

Dave Bristow – one of the most original and talented jazz musicians in Europe – will also be a huge draw for jazz fans. Together with his Quintet, made up of multinational and superbly talented musicians all based in Paris, they will perform high octane, cutting-edge improvisational music that is both colourful and original in this one off not to be missed concert.

Lovers of Jazz will also be delighted with the brilliant Tommy Blaize – lead singer on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing – who is in concert with the equally brilliant National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Talented up and coming classical musicians will also perform at The Stoller Hall this season, as part of the renowned Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra  – with the Stoller Hall being uniquely placed as both a cultural home for both music performance and learning.

In addition to being a top music venue, The Stoller Hall is fast becoming a home for leading comedy names in which to unleash their wit and wisdom. Top of the bill this season and direct from his stint in the Australian outback is funny man Babatunde Aléshé. He brings his highly anticipated debut Babahood Tour to the city, sharing his thoughts and experiences of family and fatherhood.

For families, the Stoller Hall’s monthly Stoller Hall Story Sounds workshops for pre-schoolers continue for ages 3-5. These musical and interactive sessions are the perfect family friendly introduction to live and classical music for small people and their grown-ups. For slightly older children, Music in the Round Present: Izzy Gizmo – with music and narration performed by Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives.

Beyond the first three months of 2023, The Stoller Hall will be soon be announcing the line up for its second ever Manchester Guitar Festival returning in May. Additional spring and summer highlights include the Stoller Hall debut of Folk Singing sensation, Kate Rusby and performances by brass band superstars, The Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

Full listings and concert tickets are available below.