Manchester Classical: A Spectacular Weekend Of Music And Much More

Manchester’s orchestras and ensembles come together with The Bridgewater Hall to launch very special event
Mag North
June 14, 2023

On 24 and 25 June 2023, Manchester’s top classical organisations are collaborating for Manchester Classical, a festival weekend celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage.

The Bridgewater Hall will host the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Manchester Collective for a series on one hour concerts on the main stage.

Rakhi Singh Of Machester Collective (Image: Stew Baxter)
Rakhi Singh Of Machester Collective (Image: Stew Baxter)

Food and drink will be available throughout the weekend as well as well as a programme of craft activities in the foyers. Details will be announced on social media and at

Main concerts in the auditorium will be priced at just £2 for anyone under 16 and £10 for standard tickets. Extra value day and weekend passes will also be available. Details are available HERE.

Confirmed line-up for the weekend so far includes:


11am - Mrs Overall GeniusA Victoria Wood Celebration for families and the young at heart! Featuring the Hallé Children’s Choir and special family arrangements of Victoria Wood songs. Please note this concert is not part of the day or weekender tickets.

1.30pm - BBC Philharmonic will perform a lunchtime concert showcasing Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Every section of the orchestra has the chance to shine!

4.30pm - Manchester Collective will perform a concert for small ensemble, the highlight being Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet.

7pm - the Hallé team up with star saxophonist Jess Gilliam who performs John Harle’s Briggflatts followed by Mussorgsky’s famous Picture at An Exhibition.

10pm - Manchester Camerata and violinist Daniel Pioro perform a late-night concert beginning with a sonic meditation for orchestra alongside two newly orchestrated works from Pioro’s recently released album, Saint Boy.


11am - BBC Philharmonic open the second day with a performance including Bartok’s Romanian folk dances and Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony (The Bonds of Africa).

2pm – BBC Philharmonic’s second concert of the day features Bernstein’s On The Town Overture, Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta.

5pm - The Hallé will bring the weekend to a close with a performance of Stravinsky’s riotous ballet score The Rite of Spring. It caused a riot at it’s premier, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

For the very latest updates on events over the weekend - please head to MANCHESTER CLASSICAL

Header Image: Manchester Camerata