2019 | 2020 Season
Welcome to our new season! I feel - and hope you also feel - that we are evolving as a Society, getting to know our audiences better and responding to their wishes, finding the best and most exciting new talent to put together a varied and interesting season of concerts. Last season we tried to include as many different kinds of artist as we could, blending a range of music to create new experiences. This season - in addition to the all-important musicians who were selected following our annual auditions - we have re-invited a number of artists who received the most enthusiastic reaction from our audiences. We also present two headline artists - young players who are having a huge impact on the classical music scene. We are especially proud and happy that Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jess Gillam have agreed to play for us this season. Both artists receive more performance offers than they are able to accept, so it's a testament to the prestige of the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society and The Bridgewater Hall that both Sheku and Jess have agreed to feature in the 2019|2020 lunchtime series.
We are thrilled to be able to re-invite the ever-popular and entertaining Scott Brothers Duo, the Manchester Chamber Choir, the spectacular Aurora Percussion Duo, the excellently presented showcase by advanced opera singers from the Royal Northern College of Music, and the lively, virtuosic klezmer-folk-tango-jazz fusions of Klezmer-ish.
Our auditions brought forth another group of immensely gifted young players; look out for them throughout this brochure. We are able to support 11 performances from emerging young artists including a string quartet, soloists and chamber ensembles, prizewinning pianists, and possibly the most unique harp quartet you’ll have ever heard in concert.
I hope you find plenty to enjoy in this season. I also hope that the involvement of our audience - through the Friends of the Mid-days, participation in our post-audition deliberations and through pre or post concert talks with some of our artists - continues to develop. See you at The Bridgewater Hall!
Simon Parkin (Director of Concerts)