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OPERA GALA WITH THE HALLÉ  
Thursday 7th March 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Join the Hallé Orchestra, soprano Anna Patalong, tenor Jung Soo Yun and conductor Gianluca Marcianò for a selection of arias and duets from Turandot, Rigoletto, and La traviata as well as ‘Che gelida manina’ and ‘Si, mi chiamano Mimi’ from La bohème; Don José’s deeply moving 'Flower Song' from Carmen and Tosca's impassioned plea for redemption in 'Vissi d’arte'.

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STEWART COPELAND LIGHTS UP THE ORCHESTRA  
Friday 29th March 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

A high impact orchestral celebration of Stewart Copeland’s legendary career. An evening packed with epic music from the post-punk powerhouse songs of The Police to his best known film scores including Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. From the musical odyssey of Rhythmatist to the Main Theme from The Equalizer with a dash of Spyro the Dragon for good measure. Purely orchestral…. Purely pulsating….

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A RUSSIAN SPECTACULR WITH THE HALLÉ  
Saturday 30th March 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Conductor Stephen Bell will lead you through a magnificent selection of Russia’s greatest orchestral hits including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Festive Overture, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet: extracts and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Danny Driver.

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OPERA NORTH'S THE MAGIC FLUTE  
Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th March 2019 - The Lowry
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and Mozart sets it all to a score full of miraculous music.
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OPERA NORTH'S KATYA KABANOVA  
Thursday 7th March 2019 - The Lowry
In Katya Kabanova, Janáček created one of opera’s authentic masterpieces, charting his heroine’s tragedy with profound compassion in wildly beautiful music that crackles with tension and barely suppressed eroticism.
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OPERA NORTH'S GIANNI SCHICCHI & THE RITE OF SPRING  
Friday 8th March 2019 - The Lowry
The opera is presented together with Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet The Rite of Spring in a double bill which offers two very different reflections on the decline of the old order and the beginning of the new.
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KARL JENKINS  
Saturday 16th March 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Karl Jenkins conducts the very best of his most popular works, including: The Armed Man (A Mass For Peace), Palladio, 6000 Pipes! Organ Concerto, and sublime excerpts from Symphonic Adiemus.

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THE POWER BALLAD ORCHESTRA  
Saturday 23rd March 2019 - O2 Ritz

Experience complete euphoria at this unique event, which is the ultimate night out for power ballad fans! Featuring a 16-piece orchestra performing some of the greatest anthems ever written, as you’ve never heard them before.

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BLUE PLANET II - LIVE IN CONCERT  
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - Manchester Arena

Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio are proud to present a UK live tour, which will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the UK arena stage.

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ALFIE BOE  
Friday 5th & Monday 8th April 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

"We'll be enjoying some of great songs from my previous records, but I more than anything want to bring back to life an era when British audiences discovered a brand new kind of American music, full of energy, optimism and romance." - Alfie Boe, on new UK tour.

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WILLIAM BASINSKI THE DISINTERGRATION LOOPS  
Thursday 11th April 2019 - Albert Hall

Perhaps more than any other living composer, William Basinski may lay claim to having created the definitive eternal elegy of his era.  Though the birth of this piece of music is associated with great tragedy, its enduring appeal has been down to the life affirming beauty it elicits from that moment in time.

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PIXAR IN CONCERT  
Monday 15th April 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

They are the films that have captivated generations of kids and adults alike, creating beloved characters and influencing popular culture in an immeasurable way. Now, a brand-new version of Pixar In Concert, will come to four cities in the UK celebrating the most memorable moments from Pixar films, with a full orchestra performing the stunning score’s.

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COLLABRO  
Friday 19th April 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Collabro are the World's no1 Musical Theatre group. Winners of Britain's Got Talent; number 1 album; 3 sell-out tours with a fourth tour set for early 2019.

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THE GOONIES WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA  
Friday 26th April 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Hey you guys! It’s time to head out in search of One Eyed Willies’ treasure all over again as The Goonies will be screened for the very first time alongside a live orchestra.

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KATHRINE JENKINS  
Monday 29th April 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Katerine Jenkins is the fantastic Welsh mezzo-soprano singer and songwriter, a classical-crossover singer who burst on to the scene in 1998. Back in 2009 her album The Ultimate Collection reached #9 and One Fine Day got to #17 in the UK charts.

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PRINCESS IDA  
Monday 29th April to Wednesday 1st May 2019 - The Lowry
Award winning Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to bring you our 5th production at The Lowry. This rarely performed Gilbert and Sullivan Opera will delight you in the battle of the sexes.
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VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS BY CANDLELIGHT  
Friday 3rd May 2019 - Manchester Cathedral

London Concertante are performing in a number of venues during their 2018 Autumn Seasons with a concert inspired by the masters of the classical genre. Focused on exploring the relationship between the Oboe and Violin through the music of the great composer, culminating in his elegant double concerto for the pair, the ensemble breathes a fresh dynamism to this most enduring of works.

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80'S SYMPHONIC LIVE  
Thursday 9th May 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Bringing to life the acclaimed hit album 80s Symphonic, the tour is a live pop spectacular bringing you the original hit videos of classics including Let’s Dance, True, Take On Me, Vienna, Ain’t Nobody and many more on a large screen along with the original vocals and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.

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THE LARK ASCENDING WITH THE HALLÉ  
Saturday 8th June 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Tonight the Hallé conducted by Gergely Madaras offers a selection of pieces which have always featured prominently in this orchestra’s repertoire. Including Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending (performed by Lyn Fletcher) and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Elgar - Cockaigne Overture and Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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EPIC FANTASIES WITH THE HALLÉ  
Saturday 25th May 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

The ultimate escape with the Hallé Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell. Including music from Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Call of Duty, Pirates of the Caribbean, Planet of the Apes, Final Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Spider-Man, X-Men and many more...

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HACIENDA CLASSICAL - SOUNDS OF THE CITY  
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Castlefield Bowl

In the first date announced for 2019, Hacienda Classical is to return to Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on Saturday 13th July 2019 with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra for its fourth event there in what is proving an annual and signature event for The Hacienda in its home city.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE AUTUMN PROMS  
Saturday 12th October 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

John Pryce-Jones conductor | Christopher Turner tenor | Grant Doyle baritone | Manchester Concert Orchestra - Uplifting classics crowned with a Great British Proms finale. Plus all your Proms favourites including, The Dam Busters March, Nessun Dorma, Rule, Britannia! & Land Of Hope And Glory.

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LICENCE TO THRILL: THE MUSIC OF BOND  
Friday 18th October 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Nobody Does it Better than the world’s most famous secret agent. From Goldfinger to Skyfall & beyond.  Experience the thrills, kills & loves of James Bond through this hit show of iconic music performed by a powerhouse live orchestra. Includes music from Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Skyfall, Live And Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, Moonraker, The Man With The Golden Gun, A View To A Kill & many, many more…

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MARILLION WITH FRIENDS FROM THE ORCHESTRA  
Monday 4th November 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Marillion are pleased to announce that we will return to the road in the UK and Europe next year - Marillion With Friends From The Orchestra. The shows will feature the "In Praise of Folly" String Quartet plus Sam Morris on French Horn and Emma Halnan on Flute. Coming to The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester this November.

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OPERA NORTH'S LA BOHEME  
Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th November 2019 - The Lowry
Can young love survive the winter? Rodolfo and his friends are free-spirited artists, living in poverty amongst the garrets and cafes of Bohemian Paris. One cold Christmas night, Rodolfo’s neighbour Mimì comes to his door in search of a light. Their passionate love will change his life, but can it survive until spring comes?
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OPERA NORTH'S GIULIO CESARE  
Wednesday 13th November 2019 - The Lowry
Egypt, ancient times. The Roman leader Julius Caesar hounds an enemy to the edge of his empire. Arriving at the Egyptian court, he encounters a dynastic feud between the young queen, Cleopatra, & the joint ruler, her cruel brother, Tolomeo. As alliances shift, an ecstatic new love soars but Caesar soon finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of shifting alliances & bloodthirsty ambition…
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SPACE SPECTACULAR  
Saturday 16th November 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Back by popular demand following a sold out 2018 show! Experience The Bridgewater Hall but not as you know it. Witness the force of a full 75-piece symphony orchestra in this sensational concert of your favourite music from deep space and beyond in a galaxy of sight and sound.

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OPERA NORTH'S THE GREEK PASSION  
Saturday 16th November 2019 - The Lowry
Give us what you have too much of. In a remote Greek community, the villagers are casting roles for the upcoming Passion play. Manolios is cast as Christ, the widow Katerina will play Mary Magdalene, and her lover Panait is to be Judas.
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ANDREA BOCELLI  
Sunday 27th October 2019 - Manchester Arena

The world’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli, will perform at Manchester Arena on 27 October.

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OPERA NORTH'S THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO  
Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th March 2020 - The Lowry
It’s Figaro’s wedding day, let the shenanigans commence. Trouble clouds the horizon. Figaro’s master, Count Almaviva is out to bed his bride-to-be Susanna. Meanwhile the heartbroken Countess finds herself the object of page-boy Cherubino’s infatuation and to top it all off, if Figaro cannot repay a debt to the housekeeper Marcellina, he’ll have to marry her instead!
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OPERA NORTH'S TURN THE SCREW  
Wednesday 11th March 2020 - The Lowry
A terrifying edge-of-your-seat thriller. In a remote country house, a newly-appointed governess fights to protect two children from menacing spirits. But are these apparitions real, or the product of her troubled imagination? And what terrible evil occurred before the governess’s arrival?
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OPERA NORTH'S STREET SCENE  
Friday 13th March 2020 - The Lowry
In a city that never sleeps, it doesn’t pay to have a dream… On a stiflingly hot summer’s day in New York, a family is pushed to breaking point. Frank is angry at a world that’s changing too fast, his daughter Rose longs for a better life away from the squalor of the city, and his unhappy wife Anna struggles with a terrible secret that could tear them all apart…
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