The Stoller Hall, Manchester’s newest space for performance, opens at Chetham’s School of Music next year. With exactly 300 days before its Opening Weekend on April 21-23 2017, Chetham’s have two exciting updates to the artists involved in its debut concerts.
Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. An alumnus of Chetham’s and the Royal Academy of Music, the School is delighted to confirm him as the first Artist-in-Residence of The Stoller Hall. Gwilym has already worked extensively with the Jazz department and was guest director and soloist for April’s Big Band concerts. His new role will encompass tutoring, directing and performing within The Stoller Hall, which will provide a superb acoustic for a wide variety of solo and ensemble performances.
The Hall has already announced Sir Mark Elder’s involvement in its spectacular Opening Weekend, showcasing the diverse artists and genres which will form its line up, and looking ahead to future projects and collaborations. Key to this in the first year is a major commemoration of the Russian Revolution in 1917, and the arts and music arising from Soviet culture. Throughout 2017, a complete cycle of Shostakovich String Quartets will form a road to Russian October, with performances by superb professional quartets and by students from Chetham’s and leading conservatoires. The series opens in the 15th century Baronial Hall in January, with Tristram Hunt, MP and historian, as guest speaker exploring the role of Marx and Engels – who met and studied in Chetham’s medieval Library – in the rise of Soviet Communism.
The series continues throughout the spring, and enters its second movement in April when the Navarra Quartet will be the first professional quartet to perform in The Stoller Hall, followed before October by the Vasara and Carducci Quartets and by the Kuss Quartet, who will complete the cycle within the Russian October festival in autumn 2017.
Full details of the Shostakovich cycle: 16-17 autumn winter Shostakovich