Six years on from its emergence, The Stoller Hall has rapidly become one of Manchester’s most beloved and impressive homes for live performances.

Built specifically to provide an entirely immersive experience for its guests, the stunning design is constructed as ‘a box within a box’, offering audiences the optimal acoustic experience, in which every last chord, crash and vibration rings out with crystal clear clarity.

As the venue gears up for another sure-to-be-incredible autumn/winter season, we’ve picked out five interesting facts you might not yet know about The Stoller Hall.

It’s more than just a classical venue

While perhaps familiar to many as one of Manchester’s leading classical music venues, the Stoller Hall’s programme is actually incredibly diverse, boasting everything from acclaimed stand-up comedians and folk stars to screenings of classic films soundtracked by full orchestras…even Eric Cantona is set to grace the stage with his unlikely new musical career.

Local up-and-coming artists are also given a platform via the regularly changing exhibition space in the venue’s gorgeous atrium.

There are disappearing seats…

In order to make room for larger ensembles on stage, with some clever engineering the front-row seats can quickly vanish, seamlessly hiding beneath the stage. See how it works below…

The building won a RIBA Award in 2017

The spectacular architecture of The Stoller Hall, which mimics the shape of a grand piano (see below), was celebrated by The Royal Institute of British Architects in 2017.

Upon awarding The Stoller Hall with the accolade, RIBA wrote: “The complex business of its stage adjustments, the moving of banks of seats and its transformation from acoustic to amplified performance is all handled with a confident discretion. It is a space that feels complete in any form. Devoid of gimmicks, it is a space that, for the audience, focuses on the performance and for the performer, it is clearly a pleasure to be a part of.”

A platform for students as well as professional artists

The Stoller Hall is part of the renowned Chetham’s School of Music, and along with its wide-ranging public programme of professional musicians, guests can get an early glimpse of the next generation of supremely talented artists as students perform live for free every week during term time.

You can enjoy an array of local tipples

Back in 2019, The Stoller Hall made a commitment to stocking locally sourced refreshments in its bar whenever possible, meaning whenever you head to the venue you’ll be able to pick from a wide variety of local spirits, snacks and coffee, including Didsbury Gin, Lancashire Crisps and Peak Bean Coffee.

Head over to The Stoller Hall’s website to see what they’ve got coming up.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
The Stoller Hall,
Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 13 Sep 2023