The Stoller Hall – one of Manchester’s newest performing arts venues and concerts halls is today – Friday 1 July – delighted to announce final details of its Autumn and Christmas line up.

From classical and chamber to jazz, funk and Scottish rock, there is an eclectic mix of live music to suit all tastes. Alongside a stellar line up of internationally and nationally renowned musicians, the line-up also features many of Manchester’s finest musical collectives alongside some fantastic names from the world of comedy and children’s entertainment.

As The Stoller Hall launches its new season, tickets go on sale from 10am today for the first time for internationally acclaimed Cellist Stephen Isserlis, who is making his debut at the venue on Monday 3 October. He will be joined by the Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson, as part of a partnership with Manchester Chamber Concerts Society Series. Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. His debut concert at The Stoller Hall will explore and celebrate the musical relationship between Mendelssohn and Schumann, and also feature shorter works by Chopin and Moscheles.

Other classical music highlights include Manchester Camerata – who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2022. They are returning to The Stoller Hall with another instalment in their Mozart, Made in Manchester series. This concert series is part of a five-year collaboration between the orchestra and Chetham’s School of Music to perform and record all of Mozart’s piano concertos. Their concert celebrates Mozart at his very best, delving into some of his later operas (Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute) as well as some of his most epic piano concertos. It also brings together the undeniable chemistry between Camerata’s much loved and charismatic Music Leader, Gábor Takács-Nagy with eminent pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Pioneering solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie – one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists – returns to The Stoller Hall for a night presented in partnership with NQ Jazz. Joining her on stage are Trio HLK, three of the UK’s most creative musicians, for an evening of deconstructed jazz, shimmering jazz standards and a veritable battery of percussion. This autumn, NQ Jazz also bring a hugely exciting collaboration to The Stoller Hall stage, between two of the UK’s most iconic and vibrant jazz ensembles – The Printmakers (Nikki Iles’ all star sextet featuring the great Norman Winstone MBE) with the extraordinary sounds of The London Vocal Project, the unique groove-based jazz choir directed by the inspirational Pete Churchill. One of the great British instrumentalists of his time, James Taylor, completes The Stoller Hall’s autumn jazz line up when he and his quartet bring his trademark howling Hammond sounds to Manchester in October.

The three-time Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir bring their Freedom concert tour to town in honour of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela. They will perform a collection of songs which celebrate and commemorate South Africa’s democratic movement struggle.

Folk and World music concert highlights include the multi-award winning Scottish folk group Skerryvore who electrically fuse blazing bagpipes, fiddle and accordions with funky rhythms and soul-gripping songs; and Show of Hands who are “formidable operators in the roots arena” and an unmissable collaboration between folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish-American roots quartet, Track Dogs.

The Stoller Hall at Chetham’s is a unique cultural home for both music and learning. Students from Chetham’s School of Music will perform this season as part of the renowned Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra – made up of some of the most talented young musicians in the UK.

Alongside live music there is also great stand-up comedy to catch this autumn at The Stoller Hall. Widely acknowledged as one of the country’s best writer performers – funny man and BBC Radio 4 regular Mitch Benn brings his comic and musical observations to The Stoller Hall in his “It’s About Time” show, complete with clock in one hand and his trusty guitar in the other! Comedy fans are also in for a treat when The Comedy Store – the finest comedy club in the UK – brings some of the country’s finest and funniest stand ups through The Stoller Hall doors for two nights of mirth and mayhem.

There’s fun for families too with live music and workshops for ages 3+, with “Pay What You Can” prices ensuring the events are accessible and affordable. A major new family concert, Professor Lightbulb’s Marvellous Inventions, will star musicians from Chetham’s School of Music’s own orchestra for an afternoon of musical discovery.

Dave Gibb’s Family Jukebox is the perfect show to take the whole family to at Christmas. Join Dave and his magical musical juke box this December, on a trip through his bonkers and often surreal imagination “packed full of catchy and toe-tapping numbers.” (The Guardian).

Additional Christmas highlights include a “rocktastic” night with legendary 70s rock-folk pioneers, Lindisfarne; big band swing with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and for those who fancy a more traditional festive outing – Carols from Kantos returns for what is likely to be another sell out afternoon concert complete with carols, choral music and a Christmas sing along. Mulled wine, mince pies and festive music will also be available at The Stoller Hall’s much loved Artisan Markets in December – the perfect Christmas shopping experience for those searching for something different and a more relaxed shopping experience, away from the busy crowds, in the beautiful surrounds of The Stoller Hall atrium.

Fran Healey General Manager at the Stoller Hall said: “We are really thrilled with the range of performers, variety of music and number of events we are presenting this autumn. There really is something for everybody and for all ages. Also with “our pay what you can” scheme and Fee Free Friday on 8 July, where there will be no booking fees for any tickets purchased that day, we really are committed to making our venue and our concerts as appealing and as accessible as possible to allow everybody the chance to experience the joy of live music and comedy in our beautiful concert hall.”

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