About MMCS

The origins of the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

Established in 1915 by the Northern Section of the Committee for Music in Wartime as a temporary means of funding morale boosting concerts in the region’s military hospitals, Manchester’s Tuesday Mid-day Concerts, as the series was known at that time, has flourished in an unbroken span. 

In 1923, the series became formally constituted as the Manchester Tuesday Mid-day Concert Society, with subscribing members funding its on-going work.  Its primary aims, to encourage emerging professional artists, selected by audition, and to offer Manchester's lunchtime audience a choice of celebrity artists are still in place over 100 years on.

Over the decades concerts have been presented in various Manchester locations, from the now defunct Houldsworth Hall on Deansgate, and the recently refurbished Albert Hall to the Friends Meeting House and the Royal Exchange Theatre. 

The Bridgewater Hall is now the home of the Manchester Mid-day Concert Society, providing a world class showcase for young artists and ensembles, many of whom have gone on to establish major reputations.

Centenary Season

In 2015, The Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society celebrated its 100th anniversary with a Centenary Season, along with a special centenary commission as a creative legacy of the anniversary year, Edward Gregson’s new String Quartet, which the Navarra Quartet performed for its world premiere.

Here's to the next 100 years…

© The Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society
Registered charity No. 224723.

Director of Concerts: Simon Parkin
Administrator: Clare Preston-Pollitt