Performances in Stoller Hall

Internationally acclaimed conductors Simon Wright and David Hill will lead the festive spectacular on Sunday 8 December.

Both Hill and Wright are former students of Manchester’s prestigious Chetham’s School of Music – and will star in the show alongside other school alumni and current prodigies.

The classical event is the first of several festive concerts being held this December in The Stoller Hall, which is part of Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s leading music school. Built just two years ago, no UK music venue of its size boasts better acoustics than The Stoller Hall.

The programme for the concert will include a performance of The Carnival of the Animals, a light hearted musical piece by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who originally worried that the piece would detract from his more ‘serious’ works.

Tom Redmond, Director of Music at Chetham’s, said: “On 6 December 1969, Chetham’s Intermediate Orchestra performed The Carnival of the Animals. Fifty years later we’re doing it again, with instrumental works from Chetham’s Christmas performances through the ages.

 “The incredible Simon Wright will lead an orchestra of students past and present. This will be a festive journey through Chetham’s history, and a celebration of those visionaries who created this unique musical community half a century ago.”

 The event is part of a Christmas season of events at The Stoller Hall this December.

To kick off the programme, on Saturday 7 December, a free Artisan Market will unveil a range of work from local artists and craftspeople, accompanied by food, drinks and festive music from students at Chetham’s School of Music.

International renowned pianist Paul Lewis, another former Chetham’s student, will perform at The Stoller Hall on Thursday 12 December.

On the same evening folk fans can experience festive music from Jim Causley in his show, A Causley Christmas. Then, on Saturday 14 December, Awake Arise – a one off collaboration of five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists – will perform A Christmas Show For Our Times.

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra’s concert, Mistletoe and Miller, will lay on a festive big band spectacular celebrating Glenn Miller and the rat pack, on Saturday 21 December.

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