Manchester arts venue The Stoller Hall unveils start of 2023 season - here are five unmissable concerts

Classical music, folk and jazz are all represented in the first quarter of 2023 along with stand-up comedy.

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The Stoller Hall

A Manchester arts venue has unveiled its programme for the first quarter of 2023 - with top artists in the worlds of classical, folk and jazz all set to grace the stage.

The Stoller Hall, located in the city centre near Manchester Victoria station, has shared the details of its 2023 season from January to April.

It’s a varied selection, with a wide range of musical styles and genres represented as well as some stand-up comedy.

We’ve gone through the programme and picked out five shows you won’t want to miss from the list.

The Sacconi Quartet and Matthew Wadsworth

This fascinating concert brings together a string quartet known for championing new music and bringing an imaginative approach to chamber music and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth.

The result will be a far-ranging concert taking in the 17th century sounds of Henry Purcell, a late Beethoven quartet and the celestial soundscapes of Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga’s String Quartet No.2 along with Welsh composer Stephen Goss’ new work for theorbo and strings.

It’s on Monday 16 January starting at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £11 to £27 and are available here.

Babatunde Aléshé

Alongside its music concerts The Stoller Hall is establishing itself as a venue on the stand-up comedy circuit, and that continues in 2023 with the visit of Babatunde Aléshé as part of his debut tour.

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The award-winning star of Channel 4’s Celebrity Googlebox who was recently screen on ITV in the Australian outback on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! brings his The Babahood Tour to Manchester for a hilarious evening talking family and fatherhood.

He is at The Stoller Hall on Saturday 25 February at 8pm. Tickets are £14.50 and can be booked here.

Tommy Blaize and NYJO present: The Music of Ray Charles

Jazz fans will be flocking to Manchester for this concert which pairs Tommy Blaize - the lead singer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing - with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

They will provide a spectacular tribute to the iconic pianist and vocalist who was often called the father of soul and blended gospel, jazz, and R&B. Ray Charles’ music will be brought to life a by a full 19-piece ensemble comprising some of the country’s best up-and-coming jazz musicians alongside a top-flight vocalist.

This is on Friday 10 March at 7.30pm and tickets are £32. Find out more here.

Philip Lassiter

Trumpet Philip Lassiter is making his Manchester debut and brings an impressive pedigree across the pond with eight Grammy awards for arranging and a stint as section leader and arranger for Prince and The New Power Generation.

Manchester audiences can expect an evening of deep grooves, swaggering horns and soul-stirring vocals.

The gig is on Sunday 19 March at 7.30pm, with tickets from £11 to £27. More information can be found here.

Mozart: Made in Manchester with Manchester Camerata

The Manchester Camerata has racked up a string of rave five-star reviews for its ongoing Mozart: Made In Manchester series which involves the ensemble making its way through the iconic composer’s 27 piano concertos.

Manchester Camerata musical director and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

In the latest concert in the series the orchestra, under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy and with soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on the piano stool, will tackle three of Mozart’s earlier piano and orchestra works, Piano Concertos No.11 in F major, No.12 in A major and No.13 in C major. As a concert opener they will play the overture from Mozart’s comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio.

The concert is on Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £5.50 to £39.50 and can be booked here.

What has been said about the new season?

Fran Healey, general manager at the Stoller Hall, said: “We are delighted to announce the next line-up of concerts for the first quarter of 2023.

“With our exciting and eclectic line-up of music and comedy, we really hope to show how committed we are to making our venue and our programmeas accessible as possible for all.”