On April 21, 2017, The Stoller Hall will open its doors for its first public concert. The £8.7m concert hall, built within Chetham’s School of Music, in the centre of Manchester, will boast a 500-seat acoustically immaculate auditorium perfect for a variety of ensembles across many genres; for chamber orchestras, choirs, chamber music and recitals plus an adventurous programme of contemporary and Jazz music, comedy, spoken word and public participatory events.
Exactly one year before the Hall’s opening, Chetham’s has announced that Sir Mark Elder CBE, Music Director of the Hallé, will work with a yet-to-be-revealed line up of outstanding guest artists. Chetham’s alumni, students and friends will share the stage in a glittering Opening Weekend showcasing the diverse programming planned for the space.
Sir Mark said, “The arrival of the new concert hall will make an enormous difference to the achievements of Chetham’s whilst enriching opportunities for artists and audiences across the region. One year from now there will be a suitably grand opening, and I am thrilled and delighted to be part of it.”
The Stoller Hall has been designed by Stephenson Studio architects with Arup Acoustics, and built by Sir Robert McAlpine. £7m of its overall cost has been generously donated by Sir Norman Stoller through the Stoller Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation. Members of the public are invited to support the remainder of the project costs by donating a ‘Round of Applause’ or naming a seat through the school’s Encore campaign. Honorary seats will be dedicated to Sir Mark and the late Michael Kennedy in recognition of their vital role in championing classical music in Manchester.
The core programme for The Stoller Hall will combine performances by leading artists and ensembles and collaborations with musical and cultural promoters across the country. A broad range of concerts and conference events, rehearsals and recordings, will showcase the versatility of the space and expand and celebrate Manchester’s already vibrant performing arts scene.
The Hall’s home within the UK’s largest specialist music school will be reflected in an inspiring programme of engagement activity, with performances, learning and participatory opportunities for families, schools and communities of all ages. It will provide a new home for key Chetham’s ensembles and for professional artists, offering a more intimate acoustic and embracing audience experience to match the quality of performers emerging from the city and inspiring audiences to discover and enjoy live performances.
Richard Hartwell has recently joined The Stoller Hall as General Manager, moving from the Barbican in London where he worked as Planning and Partnerships Manager. Alongside Director of Music Stephen Threlfall he will develop a full performance season at The Stoller Hall commencing with a weekend of special performances from 21 – 23 April 2017.
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