Welcome to the
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society

Established in 1915, the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society supports emerging artists, and is one of the largest and most successful lunchtime concert series in the country.

We are delighted to present the new 2023/24 Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Series. Tickets are now on sale from the Bridgewater Hall box office.

Welcome to the 2023|24 Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Series from Director of Concerts, Simon Parkin

I am delighted to introduce a full season of Manchester Midday Concerts for 2023-24. The season offers an exciting blend of established artists, perennial favourites and stunning new talent.

Our recent Spring auditions resulted in an unprecedented number of applications, from which we have been able to select some truly amazing artists. Both the quantity and strength of these have contributed directly to our 2023-24 Season, with further invitations planned for future seasons.

One of the many exciting results of our recent auditions was the number of excellent cellists that presented themselves. Hugh Mackay (17 October), Maxim Calver (22 February 2024) and winner of the recent Pierre Fournier award Annie Jacobs-Perkins (16 May 2024) all present varied and musically stimulating programmes. No MMCS season would be complete without its complement of international prizewinning pianists. Our season explodes into life with Rokas Valuntonis (6 September) whose virtuosity at audition was simply jaw-dropping. Other superb pianists include Roman Kosyakov (28 September), Anastasiya Magamedova (2 November) and Victor Lim (21 March 2024).

Also through our auditions, we have been able to select a particularly rich and varied selection of emerging artists: violinist Mee-Hyun Esther Park (12 October), Spanish flautist Elisabet Franch (12 January 2024), viola, harp, and flute Trio Farben (25 January 2024) – who were a particular favourite of the Friends of MMCS when they attended the auditions – and Kirckman Concert Society artists Paddington Trio (15 April 2024): piano, violin, and cello.
We are privileged to welcome the Verona Quartet (25 April 2024) from the USA, who have established themselves amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today.

Returning favourites who will need no introduction include Manchester Chamber Choir (5 December), Scott Brothers (13 November) and the RNCM Opera Gala (5 February 2024). These artists have long been popular with our audience, offer excellent variety and entertainment, and present in a particularly lively and engaging way. We are also very happy to welcome back the RNCM Brass Band (30 November), packed with top soloists from a number of bands, and the World Percussion Group (28 May 2024) whose spectacular stage set will present us with many instruments we might well have never heard before!

We hope you will agree that this is a season full of interest and variety, and that you will be able to join us at the Bridgewater Hall over the coming months.

Simon Parkin, Director of Concerts


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Verona Quartet – Thursday 25 April 2024

We are delighted to welcome the Verona Quartet to the Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 25 April 2024.

Acclaimed as an ‘outstanding ensemble’ by The New York Times, the Verona Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at Oberlin College and the 2020 recipient of Chamber Music America’s coveted  Cleveland Quartet Award, the Verona Quartet are not to be missed!

The Verona has captivated audiences across four continents, including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, and Melbourne Recital Hall, and we look forward to welcoming them onstage here in Manchester.

For this performance of the Schubert String Quintet the Verona Quartet are delighted to be joined by cellist Hannah Roberts.

Student tix £5 ♫

Verona Quartet play Franz Schubert – String Quintet in C major, D.956 for the Middays.


Paddington Trio – Monday 15 April 2024

We are delighted to welcome Paddington Trio to the Bridgewater Hall on Monday 15 April 2024.

Having started their first adventure together at Paddington Station during the pandemic in 2020, the Paddington Trio has quickly emerged as a unique and versatile ensemble of a lasting entity.

Hailed for their ‘nuanced and powerful performance’ (ROSL News, 18 March 2022), the trio won first prize in the 70th Royal Over-Seas League Competition for Strings & Piano Ensemble. Winners of the prestigious Parkhouse Award held in Wigmore Hall in April 2023, Paddington Trio are not to be missed!

Student tix £5 

Paddington Trio play Sam Perkin – „Freakshow” for Piano Trio and Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49.


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