From full-ensemble movie scores and enchanting museum soundscapes to delicate vocal works and a blistering BBC Philharmonic finale, Manchester steepens the curve in its meteoric rise as a global hotbed of classical music with an unmissable programme of unique, thrilling live concerts throughout the summer.

Here are some of the best classical shows around Manchesterthis summer.

The Hallé: Summer Season | The Bridgewater Hall | Sat 29 Jun, Sat 6 Jul, Sat 13 Jul, Sat 27 Jul | 7.30pm | £16-£43

Billed as the perfect commencement to a summer of wondrous classical performances around the city, the Hallé hosts an eclectic, accessible and enormously entertaining programme of live shows at The Bridgewater Hall.

From the Best of Bond and disco spectaculars to beloved cinema soundtracks and the inimitable pageantry of American pride, the Hallé invites music-lovers of all tastes and vintages to enjoy a rollicking journey through the magic of modern orchestra in the heart of Manchester.

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS
The Silent Planet | RNCM | Wed 3 Jul | 7.30pm | From £10

Presented in collaboration with youth-led global climate non-profit organisation, Force of Nature, alongside members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music, award-winning BBC Radio 3 Presenter Delia Stevens and three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year nominee Will Pound première Silent Planet Suite, a brand new double percussion and harmonica/melodeon concerto which offers an enchanting recalibration of Gustav Holst’s inimitable Planets Suite in celebration of his 150th birthday.

Stevens and Pound’s reimagined work includes a movement for the planet Earth – famously left out of Holst’s version for being ‘astrologically insignificant’ – in a joint collaboration with Force of Nature activists to emphasise the need to listen to the demands of our ailing home.

RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD
RNCM: Nature’s Music | Manchester Museum | Sat 6 Jul | 7pm | From £6

Promising an immersive orchestral experience unlike any other, the RNCM join forces with Manchester Museum for a magical and mystifying journey through the vivid epochs of natural history, as their decorated instrumentalists provide live soundscapes amidst the museum’s Fossils and Dinosaur Galleries, alongside birdsong choruses in Living Worlds and transcendent sonic depictions of sun, rain, land and sky in the Egypt, Sudan, South Asia and Chinese Culture galleries, before an ensemble delivers a rarely performed arrangement for Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in the atrium.

Manchester Museum, University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Gorton Philharmonic | The Stoller Hall | Sat 13 Jul | 7.30pm | £15 (u18 £5.50)

On Sat 13 Jul, the oldest amateur orchestra in the North West presents an evening of timeless classics from a century of cinema at The Stoller Hall, with an enthralling programme featuring the Star Wars Suite, John Williams’ Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto.

The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
Classical Spectacular | The Bridgewater Hall | Sun 22 Sep | 3pm | £29.50-£49.50

Featuring a programme of definitive works which form the foundation of orchestral music in our collective imagination, the UK’s most popular classical show returns to Manchester with an evening of breathtaking spectacle and iconic masterworks at The Bridgewater Hall.

Set to mesmerising lights and entrancing laser displays, Classical Spectacular promises to delight enthusiasts and newbies alike with an unforgettable show which includes Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Bizet’s Flower song from Carmen, Debussy’s Clair de Lune and more.

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS
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Wolf McFarlane
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Mon 24 Jun 2024