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Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

By , 13 October 2018
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress in Manchester

By , 11 October 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Titanic Sibelius opens the BBC Philharmonic season

By , 22 September 2018
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

The BBC Philharmonic say adiós to Mena

By , 09 June 2018
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

A musical journey spanning three centuries with The Hallé

By , 15 March 2018
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Colin Currie © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

A blistering night of percussion and Mahler with the BBC Phil

By , 17 February 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Manchester

Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 27 January 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Manchester

Nostalgia, despair and triumph with Cristian Măcelaru

By , 25 January 2018
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Manchester

Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana, Sinfonietta and Chasse royale

By , 12 January 2018
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Rinat Shaham (Judith) © Tracey Whitefoot
Manchester

A sinister Bluebeard's Castle from the NYOGB

By , 05 January 2018
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Carlo Rizzi © Tessa Traeger
Manchester

Novel approaches to old favourites from Carlo Rizzi and The Hallé

By , 10 December 2017
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Renaud Capuçon © Mat Hennek
Manchester

Renaud Capuçon finds the tragedy in Shostakovich

By , 09 December 2017
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Arlene Sierra © Ian Phillips-McLaren
Manchester

Butterflies, landscapes and bees in Arlene Sierra's new Nature Symphony

By , 25 November 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Hallé goes “beyond the score” to discover the danger behind Shostakovich 4

By , 28 October 2017
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Nicholas Collon © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Striking Beethoven 5 from Nicholas Collon and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 21 October 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Engaging and fluent performances from Elder’s Hallé

By , 05 October 2017
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic unlock Mahler's Third

By , 24 September 2017
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Barry Douglas © Mark Harrison
Manchester

A Faint-Hearted Fanfare: The Hallé in Manchester

By , 14 September 2017
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The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder © The Hallé
Manchester

A shattering Gurre-Lieder from the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Sir Mark Elder

By , 04 June 2017
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Eric Richmond
Manchester

Illuminating Brandenburgs from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at The Bridgewater Hall

By , 11 May 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Elegance and excellence from Elder and the Hallé at Bridgewater Hall

By , 27 April 2017
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Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

From Russia with Love: the Hallé plays Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky

By , 26 March 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

In the blood: Elder conducts the Hallé in The Dream Of Gerontius in Manchester

By , 12 March 2017
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Sir MarkElder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Excellent Hallé delivers a solid evening of Elgar

By , 09 March 2017
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Manchester

Transfigured Night: Rafael Payare debuts with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 04 March 2017
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Manchester

Powerful Prokofiev and exquisite Fauré from The Hallé

By , 23 February 2017
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

From Leipzig to Finland: obscurities and war horses in Manchester

By , 19 February 2017
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Cristian Măcelaru © David Swanson
Manchester

Musical myths and legends at the Hallé

By , 09 February 2017
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Ben Gernon © Hannah Taylor
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic and Ben Gernon: Relishing in Revolution

By , 04 February 2017
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Louis Langrée © Benoit Linero
Manchester

Storming Tchaikovsky 4 from the Hallé and Louis Langrée

By , 18 January 2017
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Iain Paterson © Maximilian Van London
Manchester

A 24-carat Rheingold as the Hallé continues its Ring quest

By , 27 November 2016
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

A cold bath: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic explore chilly landscapes

By , 05 November 2016
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The Katona Twins © Peter Goodbody
Manchester

The Katona Twins bring an evocation of Spain to lunchtime Manchester

By , 05 October 2016
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Benjamin Grosvenor © Operaomnia.co.uk
Manchester

First-rate Tchaikovsky and Liszt open the Halle's new season

By , 22 September 2016
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Murray Perahia © Felix Broede
Manchester

Perahia in Manchester: A thunderous Hammerklavier

By , 15 June 2016
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Vassily Sinaisky © Ulla Alderin
Manchester

A floor-shaking Mahler 2 from Sinaisky and the BBC Phil

By , 14 May 2016
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Gary Hoffman © Bernard Martinez Moyenne
Manchester

Pleasing Dvořák from the Hallé in Manchester

By , 12 May 2016
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Francesco Piemontesi © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Nature, Life, Love – and a dazzling pianist – as the Hallé's Dvořák festival opens

By , 05 May 2016
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Andrew Gourlay © Johan Persson
Manchester

Inspired by Shakespeare: composers turn to the sonnets in Manchester

By , 23 April 2016
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Streamlined Bach from the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth

By , 21 April 2016
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
Manchester

Birdsong from the trenches: powerful performances from the Hallé

By , 07 April 2016
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Sir Thomas Allen © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Sir Thomas Allen and Joseph Middleton: Echoes of a Mountain Song

By , 30 March 2016
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Markus Stenz © Molina Visuals
Manchester

Enchanted forests and dances of death: Markus Stenz and the Hallé

By , 17 March 2016
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Joyous Brahms closes Hallé concert with Andrew Manze

By , 10 March 2016
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Simon Trpčeski © Simon Fowler
Manchester

Intelligent and heartfelt opening to the Oslo Philharmonic tour

By , 07 March 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic's American Adventure with Russian Pictures

By , 05 March 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena conducts a Bohemian programme in Manchester

By , 28 February 2016
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
Manchester

Norwegian mountains, Russian folksongs, and the torments of Hell from the Hallé

By , 27 February 2016
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Okko Kamu © Patrick Garvey Management
Manchester

Graceful and light of wing: Sibelius 5 from the Hallé and Okko Kamu

By , 18 February 2016
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