Manchester’s acclaimed music school, Chetham’s, is to unleash its young classical virtuosi onto an audience at RNCM. Comprising more than 90 musicians, the orchestra will follow the direction of celebrated American conductor, Franz Anton Krager, who will guide them through pieces by Rautavaara, Rachmaninov, and a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No 5 to mark 150 years since the composer’s birth. As well as performing this popular and triumphant composition, the programme includes the evocative Cantus Arcticus by fellow Finn, Einojuhani Rautavaara. Fittingly, Chetham’s student Henry Cash will be the soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1, written when the composer was a student aged 18 – not much older than Chet’s students today. To introduce the shows, Chetham’s are holding a Symphonic Prelude – a kind of informative meet and greet – with some of the school’s music staff, who’ll be in Chetham’s Atrium from 5pm on Wednesday 14 October to discuss the performance in depth and give some insight into what it’s like to perform with classical music’s rising stars. There is a second performance of the Jean Sibelius anniversary concert at Chester Cathedral on Friday 23 October. Click the following link to book tickets:

Wed 14 Oct (Symphonic Prelude), The Atrium, Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB. Tel: 0161 834 9644, 5pm, £2,

Thu 22 Oct (concert), Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD. Tel: 0161 907 5200, £18/£14/£6, 7.30pm,

Thu 22 Oct
Ian Pennington
Published on:
Tue 20 Oct 2015