• 2014

    19:30
    Sep 27
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Beethoven Explored
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Symphony No. 4 in B flat major
    • Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral' Also known as: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral', Op 125
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Raquel Lojendio Soprano
    • John Daszak Tenor
    • Alastair Miles Bass
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

    The BBC Philharmonic launches their new season with Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony.

    19:30
    Oct 11
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Shostakovich, Nielsen and Sibelius
    • Jean Sibelius 1865–1957
    • Rakastava
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto Also known as: Clarinet Concerto, Op 57
    • Dmitri Shostakovich 1906–1975
    • Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op 43
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Sabine Meyer Clarinet

    John Storgårds conducts Shostakovich’s Fourth: a symphony of iron and steel.

    19:30
    Oct 25
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Beethoven and Schubert
    • Colin Matthews b.1946
    • Grand Barcarolle
    • Franz Schubert 1797–1828
    • Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D 125
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Violin Concerto in D major Violin Concerto in D major Also known as: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 61
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Simone Lamsma Violin

    Three wonderful ways of looking at Beethoven with Juanjo Mena and Renaud Capuçon.

    19:30
    Oct 31
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Nobuyuki Tsujii performs Rachmaninov
    • John Adams b.1947
    • The Chairman Dances
    • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances Also known as: Symphonic Dances, Op 45
    • Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Yutaka Sado Conductor
    • Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano

    The extraordinary pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performs Rachmaninov’s epic Third Concerto.

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    19:30
    Nov 8
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Walton's Belshazzar's Feast
    • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
    • Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)'
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Violin Concerto
    • William Walton 1902–1983
    • Belshazzar's Feast
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Alina Pogostkina Violin
    • David Soar Baritone
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

    Join us for Walton’s great classic of the British choral repertoire, Belshazzar’s Feast.

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    19:30
    Nov 15
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Chopin and Elgar
    • Witold Lutoslawski 1913–1994
    • Symphonic Variations
    • Fryderyk Chopin 1810–1849
    • Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
    • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
    • Symphony No 2 in E flat major Symphony No 2 in E flat major Also known as: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Garrick Ohlsson Piano

    Revel in the emotion of Elgar’s majestic Second Symphony and Chopin’s First Piano Concerto

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    19:30
    Nov 21
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Nielsen and Tchaikovsky
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet' Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet' Also known as: Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet', Op 67
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Flute Concerto
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No 5 in E minor Symphony No 5 in E minor Also known as: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Katherine Bryan Flute

    Unforgettable melodies: John Storgårds conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

    19:30
    Nov 29
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Berlioz, Brahms, Stravinsky and Ravel
    • Hector Berlioz 1803–1869
    • Beatrice and Benedict – overture Beatrice and Benedict – overture Also known as: Béatrice et Bénédict – overture
    • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Violin Concerto in D major Violin Concerto in D major Also known as: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 77
    • Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971
    • Symphony in Three Movements
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • La Valse
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Nicholas Collon Conductor
    • James Ehnes Violin

    James Ehnes performs Brahms’s ever-popular Violin Concerto.

    19:30
    Dec 5
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Bach and Bruckner
    • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
    • Cantata No. 191, 'Gloria in excelsis Deo', BWV 191
    • Anton Bruckner 1824–1896
    • Symphony No 4 in E flat major, 'Romantic'
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano
    • Nicholas Mulroy Tenor
    • Manchester Chamber Choir

    Juanjo Mena conducts Bach and Bruckner.

  • 2015

    19:30
    Jan 17
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Guitar Weekend
    • Roberto Gerhard 1896–1970
    • Dances from Don Quixote (1947 suite)
    • Toru Takemitsu 1930–1996
    • To the edge of dream
    • Claude Debussy 1862–1918
    • Ibéria
    • Joaquín Rodrigo 1901–1999
    • Fantasía para un gentilhombre
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Rapsodie espagnole
    • Manuel de Falla 1876–1946
    • La vida breve - Interlude and Dance
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Craig Ogden Guitar

    Dream of Spain in this colourful concert with guitarist Craig Ogden.

    19:30
    Jan 23
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Beethoven’s Egmont
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Egmont, Op 84
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
    • Piano Concerto No 23 in A major Piano Concerto No 23 in A major Also known as: Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K 488
    • Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
    • Symphony No. 44 in E minor 'Trauersinfonie'
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Javier Perianes Piano
    • Eleanor Dennis Soprano
    • Malcolm Raeburn Narrator

    A rare chance to hear Beethoven’s Egmont with Juanjo Mena.

    19:30
    Jan 31
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Symphony No 8 in F major Symphony No 8 in F major Also known as: Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93
    • Franz Liszt 1811–1886
    • Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major
    • Camille Saint‐Saëns 1835–1921
    • Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ'
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
    • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Piano
    • Jonathan Scott Organ

    A roof-raising concert featuring Saint-Saëns’s ‘Organ’ Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda.

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    19:30
    Feb 7
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Schoenberg and Beethoven
    • Arnold Schoenberg 1874–1951
    • Pelleas und Melisande, Op 5
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor' Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor' Also known as: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor', Op 73
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Hannes Minnaar Piano

    Pianist Hannes Minnaar performs Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto.

    19:30
    Feb 21
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    The Lark Ascending
    • Edvard Grieg 1843–1907
    • Lyric Suite, Op 54
    • Frederick Delius 1862–1934
    • Violin Concerto
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • The Lark Ascending
    • Symphony No. 6 in E minor
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Guy Braunstein Violin

    John Storgårds conducts Vaughan Williams’s much-loved work ‘The Lark Ascending’.

    19:30
    Mar 7
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Elgar, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky
    • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
    • Serenade in E minor, Op 20
    • Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
    • Cello Concerto in B minor Cello Concerto in B minor Also known as: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Also known as: Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique', Op 74
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Johannes Moser Cello

    The BBC Philharmonic perform Tchaikovsky’s deliriously romantic Sixth Symphony.

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    19:30
    Mar 20
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Vaughan Williams’s Job
    • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov 1855–1914
    • Eight Russian Folk Songs
    • Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
    • Symphony-Concerto in E minor
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • Job: A Masque for Dancing
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Vassily Sinaisky Conductor
    • Leonard Elschenbroich Cello

    Vassily Sinaisky conducts this thrilling concert featuring Vaughan Williams’s ‘Job’.

    19:30
    Apr 17
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    HK Gruber Presents…
    • David Matthews b.1943
    • Symphony No.8
      World Premiere: BBC Commission
    • HK Gruber b.1943
    • Cello Concerto
    • Kurt Weill 1900–1950
    • Symphony No.1
    • Kurt Schwertsik b.1935
    • Baumgesänge
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • HK Gruber Conductor
    • Matthew Barley Cello

    HK Gruber presents an exciting programme of new music.

    19:30
    Apr 24
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Ravel and Rachmaninov
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Piano Concerto in G major
    • Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor
    • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Also known as: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Andrew Gourlay Conductor
    • Noriko Ogawa Piano
    • Martin Roscoe Piano
    • Kathryn Stott Piano
    • Peter Donohoe Piano

    Celebrate Ravel and Rachmaninov with the BBC Philharmonic and four pianists!

    19:30
    May 8
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Beethoven’s Fidelio
    • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Fidelio, Op 72
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena Conductor
    • Stuart Skelton Florestan
    • Rebecca von Lipinski Leonore
    • Andrew Greenan Don Fernando

    Join us for a concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, ‘Fidelio’

    19:30
    May 15
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Yan Pascal Tortelier and Olivier Charlier
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Mother Goose (ballet) Mother Goose (ballet) Also known as: Ma mère l'oye (ballet)
    • Henri Dutilleux 1916–2013
    • Sur la même accord
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Tzigane
    • Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
    • Symphony No 5 in B flat major Symphony No 5 in B flat major Also known as: Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Yan Pascal Tortelier Conductor
    • Olivier Charlier Violin

    Yan Pascal Tortelier returns to Manchester for this exuberant concert.

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    19:30
    Jun 9
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Nielsen Symphony Cycle I
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS16, Op 7
    • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
      Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? Verlor'ne Müh, Lied des Verfolgten in Turm, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
    • INTERVAL
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No 4, 'Inextinguishable' Symphony No 4, 'Inextinguishable' Also known as: Symphony No 4, 'Inextinguishable', Op 29
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Roderick Williams Baritone

    John Storgårds launches our Nielsen Symphony Cycle on the composer’s birthday

    19:30
    Jun 13
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Nielsen Symphony Cycle II
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments'
    • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
      Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt, Trost im Unglück, Der Schildwache Nachtlied, Der Tambourg'sell
    • INTERVAL
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 5 Symphony No. 5 Also known as: Symphony No 5, Op 50
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Florian Boesch Baritone

    The orchestra performs Nielsen’s Second and Fifth symphonies alongside Mahler’s songs.

    19:30
    Jun 18
    The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Nielsen Symphony Cycle III
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonia semplice', FS116
    • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
      Rheinlegendchen, Das irdische Leben, Revelge, Lob des hohen Verstandes
    • INTERVAL
    • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
    • Symphony No. 3 'Sinfonia espansiva ', FS60, Op 27
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • John Storgårds Conductor
    • Gillian Keith Soprano
    • Hanno Müller-Brachmann Baritone

    The orchestra performs Nielsen’s Sixth and Third symphonies alongside Mahler.