From the origins of English Christmas folk music to the return of 70s Geordie rock legends, The Stoller Hall’s vibrant festive concert programme promises to induce seasonal cheer across a deliciously diverse selection of genres and arrangements.


Keep up to date with new event announcements at The Stoller Hall here.

Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden's Wassail | Fri 8 Dec | 8pm | £22

On Fri 8 Dec, Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden stop by The Stoller Hall as part of their first ever UK tour as a duo, presenting a stirring traditional form of folk carolling known as wassailing. Combining their formidable vocal talents, the pair transport audiences back to the earliest days of English festivity with some of the oldest songs in the canon, spreading Christmas cheer and illuminating the gloomy northern midwinter.

Lindisfarne: Magic in The Air | Fri 15 Dec | 7.30pm | £34.50

Led by founder-member Rod Clements, 70s folk-rock stalwarts Lindisfarne return to Manchester with a brand new tour in commemoration of an unforgettable series of live shows which followed the release of their acclaimed 1977 LP, Magic in The Air. Featuring fan favourites like ‘Meet Me On The Corner’, ‘Fog On The Tyne’, ‘Lady Eleanor’ and ‘Run For Home’, Lindisfarne’s latest nostalgic odyssey recalls the band’s halcyon days with a rousing, foot-stamping festive concert.

Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Mistletoe and Miller | Sat 16 Dec | 7.30pm | £29

The following night, Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra presents Mistletoe and Miller, a Christmassy big band extravaganza which celebrates the inimitable music of Glenn Miller alongside a selection of seasonal classics.

Swing Into Christmas | Thu 21 Dec | 7.30pm | £32 (£30.50 unwaged, £13 FTE)

Promising ‘a Christmas celebration like no other’, the Down for the Count Concert Orchestra delivers a raucous rendition of the great Capitol Studios recordings, including Nat King Cole’s ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’, Frank Sinatra’s ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘‘S Wonderful’ and many more, alongside original festive jazz arrangements composed by the Orchestra’s principal conductor, Mike Paul-Smith.

Alexis Ffrench | Fri 22 Dec | 7.30pm | £29.50-£34.50

Performing songs from his forthcoming album Christmas Piano, as well as an array of hits from an illustrious classical career, composer-pianist Alexis Ffrench performs at The Stoller Hall on Fri 22 Dec.

Hailed as one of the world’s most popular and evocative classical musicians, Ffrench boasts over half a billion streams and close to three million monthly listeners across various music apps, with an innovative ‘Classical Soul’ sound which mines all corners of the musical cosmos, producing a unique oeuvre which spans Bach, Debussy, Hollywood, gospel and beyond.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
The Stoller Hall,
Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
, Tel: 0333 130 0967
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 17 Jul 2023