Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Northern Chamber Orchestra and Stoller Hall announce partnership

11:21, 5th March 2018

The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) has become orchestra in association at Manchester’s Stoller Hall.

During the 2018/2019 season, the ensemble will bring a series of concerts to the Stoller Hall, with soloists including pianist Freddie Kempf, violinist Chloë Hanslip, and clarinettist Julian Bliss.

The NCO is seeking funding for a ‘Powerhouse Proms’ series at the Stoller Hall, which aim to demonstrate the ‘inclusive mix of opportunity’ offered by the Northern Powerhouse development.

The ensemble, which turned 50 last year, already presents an annual series of eight concerts in Macclesfield and is also the orchestra in residence at Buxton International Festival, where it has been performing for over 20 years.

Tom Elliott, general manager of the Northern Chamber Orchestra, described Stoller Hall as ‘the finest hall in the country’ for its size, adding: ‘The acoustics are beyond compare, the architecture takes your breath away, the front of house facilities, including the bar, are top-notch and it is only 50 yards from Victoria Station. To be officially associated with all of this is a huge honour.’

Richard Hartwell, general manager of the Stoller Hall, said of the NCO: ‘Their outstanding reputation for chamber music performance, combined with the quality and range of their soloists, make them a perfect partner with whom to build the Hall’s reputation as an unmissable venue for live music.

‘The planned Powerhouse Proms will take this to yet another level, emphasising the quality and ambition of music making in the North of England and ensuring that audiences continue to enjoy the very best of classical performance.’



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