Due to the Mandchester City FC Victory Parade on 14 May, from 7am on Sun 13 May, Deansgate (between Quay St & Great Bridgewater St) will be closed to all traffic so that the stage can be built. Visit manchester.gov.uk for more information.
The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season finishes with a suitably celebratory concert with a return by NCO President and internationally renowned cellist, Raphael Wallfisch, playing the piece made famous by the great Jacqueline Du Pré, Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Either side of this contemplative and elegiac masterpiece, are two of the most recognisable pieces in the repertoire; the overture to the Magic Flute, whose energy will bring any audience instantly to life, and Beethoven’s great C minor Symphony, whose opening hammer blows of fate, the opening four notes which are as portentous as they are famous, lead us through what many regard to be the very apogee of western classical music. At the triumphant end of the symphony, the orchestra will be at very much full-strength with trumpets and trombones ensuring that the anniversary season ends in suitably triumphant style.