Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Manchester's newest concert hall opens

The Stoller Hall, Chetham's School of Music
The Stoller Hall, Chetham's School of Music
Manchester's new concert hall, the Stoller Hall, opens on Friday, 21 April 2017 with a whole weekend of events. The 482 seat auditorium, part of recent developments at Chethams School of Music, was designed by Stephenson Studio architects with Arup Acoustics. £7.5m of its overall cost (£8.7m) was generously donated by Sir Norman Stoller through the Stoller Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

For the opening weekend, 21-23 April 2017, there is a programme of concerts featuring Chethams alumni and friends, including pianist Gwilym Simcock, violinist Thomas Gould, guitarist Mike Walker, the Navarra String Quartet and Chetham’s Big Band, plus comedian Ted Robins. The final event of the weekend is the official opening concert, in the presence of the Earl of Wessex, who is patron of Chetham's School of Music. The concert includes a specially-formed orchestra of alumni, staff and friends which will be conducted by Sir Mark Elder and by Stephen Threlfall, director of music at Chetham's, in performances of Walton’s Henry V, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 with pianist (and alumnus) Paul Lewis

Full information from the hall website.

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