The Bridgewater Hall’s Manchester Mid-day Concerts programme cleverly classes up your lunchtime with regular classical music events, so forget that soggy sarnie at your desk and get out for a taste of culture. The next four concerts involve solos, duos and trios – with three Paris-based musicians starting off the Mid-days season in style.

Thu 20 Sep: Trio Zadig – piano, violin & cello
A major international career beckons for Parisian Trio Zadig, so catch them while you can! Multiple prizewinners, they also come recommended by luminary pianist Menahem Pressler. Featuring Ian Barber on piano, Boris Borgolotto on violin and Marc Girard Garcia on cello, the strength of their precision and ensemble playing will be apparent through two pieces: Ravel’s Piano Trio and Haydn’s Piano Trio in C major Hob. XV:27.
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Wed 10 Oct: Dominic Degavino – piano (pictured)
Another future star, if his ever-increasing list of prizes and successes in international competitions is anything to go by, Dominic Degavino also dabbles in jazz (shock!), and his talents on this front feed into his interpretations of classical repertoire. Dominic pairs Janáček’s Piano Sonata 1.X 1905 with Schumann’s Kreisleriana Op.16 (Phantasien für das Pianoforte), so expect a serving of stormy with a side order of poetic.
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Thu 18 Oct: Hee-Young Lim & Nathalia Milstein – piano & cello
One of the most charismatic cellists of her generation, South Korean Hee-Young Lim is the Principal Cellist of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Rotterdam, and a dab hand at playing Shostakovich. In this line-up, teamed with award-winning pianist Nathalia Milstein, she will tackle Rachmaninov: the mighty Sonata in G minor for Piano and Cello Op.19, a feat also for the piano, and Vocalise Op.34 No.14.
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Thu 8 Nov: Scott Brothers Duo – piano & organ
Scott siblings Jonathan (organ) and Tom (piano) are a popular pairing, and it’s advised you book early to avoid disappointment. Their concerts are lively, introduced with wry humour, and often imaginatively arranged. Today, they’re presenting five pieces, four with arrangements by Jonathan: Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op.46, Debussy’s Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque) and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, plus including Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto.
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Thu 20 Sep – Thu 8 Nov, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000, 1.10pm, £7.50-12,

A Manchester Wire partnership post.

Thu 20 Sep - Thu 8 Nov
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Mon 29 Oct 2018