#WeStandTogether Concert

All of Manchester’s communities stand together in strength, resilience and love.

In this most musical of cities, Manchester’s orchestral musicians from the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Camerata will come together with The Bridgewater Hall for a concert in support of the families and friends of the victims of last Monday’s atrocity.

The event details are:

  • Thursday 1 June at 8pm
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Bell will conduct members of the Hallé, Manchester Camerata and BBC Philharmonic orchestras
  • Performances by Clare Teal and Alice Coote

The evening will include inspiring and uplifting classical music, a performance by Alice Coote – one of the world’s finest mezzo sopranos – as well as songs from jazz star Clare Teal.

Everyone involved with the event are giving their services free. Tickets for the concert are free, but you MUST have a ticket to gain entry.

We are asking people, if they are able, to make a donation to the WeStandTogetherManchester Justgiving page at

The Hacienda returns for a one off party in Manchester

American DJ Kerri Chandler will headline the latest Hacienda party to hit Manchester. The legendary nightclub reopens its doors for one night only at the Albert Hall for a very late night session of new US house and techno tunes. The party kicks off on Friday March 24 at 9am and runs until 4am. Tickets on sale now via the Albert Hall website.

The brainchild of former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering and experimental orchestra Manchester Camerata, Hacienda Classical reinvents dozens of iconic dance tunes as classical compositions.

Check out the following video to see Hacienda Classical in all its glory: Hacienda Classical

J & A Beare Ltd loan rare Stradivarius cello to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts

30 - Hannah Roberts (credit Tony Redmond)A rare cello, made circa 1696 by the celebrated Antonio Stradivari, has been loaned to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts for the orchestra’s first performance in the newly refurbished RNCM Concert Hall on 11th February.

One of very few cellos by the master to be rediscovered in the last fifty years, J & A Beare Ltd, who loaned the cello, believe that the instrument had been in London since the nineteenth century.  It is similar in outline to the cellos made by Bernard Simon Fendt from the early 1800s and they surmise that Fendt may well have seen this Strad cello in London at around that time. 

Simon Morris, Director, J & A Beare Ltd said: “Having the opportunity to see one of Antonio Stradivari’s cellos ‘in the flesh’, would undoubtedly have an influence on Fendt (indeed on any maker) and particularly at a time when photographs and other media were simply not available.”

Principal Cello, Hannah Roberts, performs Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto no.1 – considered to be one of the most popular concerti of the 20th century. Mozart’s penultimate symphony (no.40), brings the evening to a dramatic conclusion.

Manchester Camerata Bizet, Elgar, Mozart Wednesday 11 February 2015 7:30 pm

RNCM, Manchester

Bizet      Symphony in C

Elgar      Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85       

Mozart Symphony no.40, K.550

Gábor Takács-Nagy  conductor

Hannah Roberts cello