There aren't many places where you can see Mahler's 5th one night and Liza Minnelli the next.
Manchester's premiere concert venue is such a place. Boasting over 250 performances a year, Bridgewater Hall is the grand home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. No surprise then to see a programme reflecting an impressive range of classical performance, where the more prom-friendly likes of Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius and Strauss share the stage with more challenging composers.
The modern hall more than lives up to the quality of the programme. With comfort, great sight lines and superb acoustics, Bridgewater Hall provides a sensory feast, the building providing a generous welcome with its wide, expansive foyer spaces, leading into the impressive hall itself. Inside, the quality of the sound has been tinkered with over the years to provide an astonishingly detailed listening experience. It also has a huge organ – 5,500 pipes to be exact.
A glance through the venue listings reveals much more, with performers as diverse as Burt Bacharach, Lisa Stansfield and John Grant all taking to the stage this season. Its programme also includes regular jazz, world music and family concerts.
Bridgewater Hall sits within Barbirolli Square, where you can also find Manchester's best piece of public art. It was installed in 1996 to celebrate the opening of the hall so stop by for a look at Kan Yasuda's 'Ishinki Stone' before heading inside.
Interesting fact: Bridgewater Hall's main auditorium is built on a foundation of gigantic springs, preventing the nearby tram system from causing sound and vibration interference.
|Venue name:||Bridgewater Hall|
Lower Mosley Street |
|Venue phone:||0161 907 9000|
|Transport:||Rail: Oxford Road/Deansgate|
BBC Philharmonic - Berlioz, Brahms, Stravinsky and Ravel
Nicholas Collon conducts Berlioz's Beatrice And Benedict Overture, Brahms's Violin Concerto, Stravinsky's Symphony In Three Movements and Ravel's La Valse, with James Ehnes, violin.Orchestral music Sat November 29th 2014 - Sat November 29th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
BBC Philharmonic - Bach and Bruckner
Juanjo Mena conducts Bach's Cantata No 191, Gloria In Excelsis Deo and Bruckner's Symphony No 4.Chamber Fri December 5th 2014 - Fri December 5th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
The Hallé: Handel's Messiah
It’s the time of year for Handel’s perennially-popular choral classic, Messiah, and who better to conduct it than Christian Curnyn, one of the UK’s foremost interpreters of baroque and classical repertoire? Beginning with the sublime strains of ‘Comfort...Choral Sat December 6th 2014 - Sat December 6th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
The Halle - Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
In a perfct treat for Christmas, Andrew Gourlay conducts Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, with The Hallé performing the full score to the much-loved ballet.Orchestral music Wed December 10th 2014 - Sun December 14th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
Hallé Youth Orchestra
Best known as the musical motif throughout David Lean's 'Brief Encounter', Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is joined by pieces from Grieg, Elgar and Neilsen's Second Symphony. Each movement represents the four medieval humours that were believed to...Orchestral music Sat December 20th 2014 - Sat December 20th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
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The Hallé Carol Concert
An uplifting, traditional selection of Christmas music featuring the Hallé choir, youth choir and children's choir.Choral Sat December 20th 2014 - Sun December 21st 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
The Hallé: The Snowman
A screening of the adaptation of Raymond Brigg's much-loved The Snowman, featuring live orchestral and choral accompaniment to bring the modern classic to life.Contemporary music (1975 – present) Tue December 23rd 2014 - Tue December 23rd 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
The Hallé - An evening with 007
A selection of your favourite music from the Bond films.Orchestral music Mon December 29th 2014 - Mon December 29th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS
The Hallé Disco
If you like your orchestras with a bit more of a toe-tap to them, then dust off your white pants or your catsuit as The Hallé orchestra performs a selection of disco hits, with singers Annie Skates, Hazel Fernandes, Lance Ellington and Andrew Playfoot.Full...Disco Tue December 30th 2014 - Tue December 30th 2014READ MORELower Mosley StreetManchesterManchesterM2 3WS