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Royal Opening Celebration

  • Sunday 23 April 2017 - 4.00pm
  • The Stoller Hall
  • £30, £25, £20*

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  • Chetham's Chamber Orchestra
    Orchestra of special guest artists
    Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
    Paul Lewis piano
    Stephen Threlfall conductor
    Sir Mark Elder conductor
    Manchester Chamber Choir
  • WALTON arr. PALMER music from Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario
    BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody
    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major
    GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes

This concert is currently sold out, and we are where possible releasing tickets to customers already on the waiting list in chronological order. You are very welcome to add your name to the waiting list, but at this stage we regret that there is little guarantee of tickets becoming available.
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The Stoller Hall is officially launched with an Opening Celebration Concert featuring conductors Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Threlfall, soloists Paul Lewis and Kitty Whately, and a host of superb musicians in two orchestras; one of Chetham’s superb music students, the second of its alumni, staff and friends. We are delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Patron of Chetham’s School of Music, will join us to officially open The Stoller Hall.

Shakespeare’s immortal words open the concert as Walton’s music for the 1944 Olivier film, Henry V, marks the Hall’s auspicious beginnings on what is both St George’s Day and the anniversary of the bard. Two superb soloists – both Chetham’s alumni – lead the ensembles in Brahms’ passionate Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s virtuosic Second Concerto, as Director of Music Stephen Threlfall hands the conductor’s baton to Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé, for the second half of the performance. He is joined by a specially formed professional ensemble, bringing together players from the region’s leading ensembles for Ginastera’s mini-concerto for orchestra; a fitting showpiece to end an afternoon celebrating the versatility and quality of this superb new concert hall.

“The brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”

A very limited number of tickets for this VIP Opening Concert are being released to the general public. All guests are invited to arrive from 3pm to raise a toast to The Stoller Hall at its official opening. Drinks for the toast are included in your ticket price.