A musical instrument previously unheard in modern times – and probably unique to the institution in Venice where celebrated baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi taught for much of his career – is to be heard for the first time in Manchester. 

The violin “in tromba marina”, has been especially re-created from archive material for internationally acclaimed violinist Adrian Chandler who will play Vivaldi’s Concerto for violin “in tromba marina” with the multi-award winning period instrument orchestra La Serinissima at a concert at the Bridgewater Hall on Friday 19 February.

Also on the programme is The Four Seasons, one of the most popular works of classic music in the world – but how many people know that there is a “Manchester” version of this famous and much-loved work? Via a succession of historical twists, the only surviving manuscript – believed to have been produced by Vivaldi’s father – ended up in Manchester’s Henry Watson Music Library. Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima’s Director, says:

“ It is probable that the Manchester version of the Four Seasons represents the composer’s intentions most fully”.

At the Bridgewater Hall on 19 February there will be a special display of the original manuscript of The Four Seasons and prior to the concert, at 6.15 pm in the Barbirolli Room, Vivaldi expert Professor Michael Talbot and Adrian Chandler will discuss the “Manchester” Four Seasons as well as the re-creation of the violin “in tromba marina”.


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