Created by Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester’s specialist music school, The Stoller Hall is one of Manchester’s newest and most exquisite places to enjoy classical music. This stunning state-of-the-art venue was born of Manchester’s need for a small venue for chamber music, providing the school’s students with a site to showcase their talent. However, The Stoller Hall also contributes to the city’s wider catalogue of music venues, retaining the elegance and grandeur of larger auditoriums.
The Stoller Hall officially opened in April 2017 after generous donations facilitated its development, with the hall being named after its chief benefactor Sir Norman Stoller. Since opening with a celebration concert featuring Chetham’s alumni, staff and friends, The Stoller Hall has already become renowned for its unrivalled quality of sound and its stunning visual backdrop, which led it to win a national RIBA Award in 2017.
The Stoller Hall has only been open for a short time so its history is still growing, but it is already attracting popular and classical stars alike including Irish folk singer Cara Dillon and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfor. If you would like to find out more about this stunning new venue, here’s all that you need to know…
What’s coming up
The Stoller Hall is obviously heavily associated with classical and chamber music, but the venue also hosts a varied programme of jazz, folk and pop music, along with the odd bit of comedy and spoken word. Here are just a few of the events coming up at The Stoller Hall soon:
12 Ensemble: Reborn – September 19th
The 12 Ensemble and guest viola soloist Maxim Rysanov ï¬nd fresh voices in old sounds with music from Britten and Schubert, a new multimedia performance of Woolrich, plus a work from Tansy Davies.
This programme explores how artists reach across generations to inï¬‚uence each other. Renaissance composer John Dowland’s impassioned Lachrimaeprovide the inspiration for Tansy Davies’s thrilling work Residuum, and Benjamin Britten’s own Lachrymae. Later, music, dance and ï¬lm collide in Ulysses Awakes, Woolrich’s 1998 paraphrase of Monteverdi, with a score performed live by the ensemble and featuring new choreography by Alexander Whitley. Schubert’s Death & The Maiden completes the evening, arranged here for string orchestra by another of the great Romantic composers, Gustav Mahler.
Northern Chamber Orchestra with Freddy Kempf – September 28th
The Northern Chamber Orchestra kick off their second season at The Stoller Hall with a concert of undeniable masterworks featuring one of the piano world’s greatest stars, the phenomenally gifted Freddy Kempf. The programme opens with a piece Mendelssohn wrote after a memorable trip to the Scottish island of Staffa, perfectly capturing the drama and scale of the sea. The programme continues with Beethoven’s great C minor Piano Concerto, a work written when he was coming to terms with ill health and impending deafness.
The second half sees the NCO take on one of the mightiest works in the repertoire, the ”˜Eroica’ Symphony. The audience may find insight in hearing this monumental piece played by a chamber orchestra, its colours and textures more defined than in a performance by a modern symphony orchestra. Despite Beethoven’s emotional struggles around the time of the symphony’s composition, it is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the great man.
Carpe Vitam – November 15th
A new audiovisual performance marking 100 years of votes for women. Carpe Vitam documents women’s journey to make their own way in the world, starting with the struggle for women’s rights to work, women working during WWI and votes for women, and continuing through the decades with inspirational women up to the present day.
Vibrant imagery, live camera work, electronics and acoustic instruments are joined by the voices of Chetham’s young singers in an outstanding evening of music. Also featured in the programme is The Pankhurst Anthem, commissioned by the BBC from composer Lucy Pankhurst and writer Helen Pankhurst based on words written by their great-grandmother Emmeline; a discussion with Laura Rossi, Romana Bellinger and Mike Eden on the creation of Carpe Vitam; and other vocal works performed by Chetham’s Chamber Choir.
David Rudolf in Conversation – January 24th
Join David Rudolf, the defence attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of case and the series. David will discuss the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether to let the filmmakers follow him, his client and his trial preparation, and his insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case, including the blood spatter evidence, the bisexuality and Germany evidence, the discovery of the blow poke, and the genesis of the Owl Theory.
The Stoller Hall’s modern wood-panelled auditorium can seat 482 people in total and is organised into three spaces: the balcony, the gallery and the stalls.
The stalls hold the majority of the hall’s seating and offer a fantastic view no matter where you sit. The stalls are fully accessible via step-free aisles and handrails and also boast eight wheelchair spaces, allowing all visitors to enjoy the show in comfort.
Behind and above The Stoller Hall’s stalls, a small balcony offers a bird’s-eye view of the stage, while the cosy choir gallery behind the stage is also open for select performances if you want to get up close and personal with the action.
Also within the Stoller Hall building is the Carole Nash Hall, a more intimate but just as atmospheric 100-seater space which is often used for smaller performances.
Where is it and how do I get there?
Handily, The Stoller Hall sits on Hunt’s Bank in Manchester city centre, just opposite Manchester Victoria train station and a stone’s throw from Manchester Arena. That makes it extremely easy to get to by public transport and by private vehicle alike.
Manchester Victoria station runs train services from across the region and offers direct Metrolink tram access to and from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester’s largest train station. The Stoller Hall is also minutes away from Shudehill bus station and the main bus station at Piccadilly Gardens.
Meanwhile, people looking to drive to The Stoller Hall are all entitled to discounted parking in the multi-storey car park Q-Park Deansgate North, which can be found around 400 metres away from the venue.
Where to stay
The Stoller Hall is blessed by its central location in Manchester city centre, meaning there is no shortage of places to stay in its immediate vicinity. There are four Travelodges located within half a mile of Stoller Hall, and many other hotels just a short walk away.
If all else fails, you can always try Airbnb which often offers lower prices than regular hotels, particularly if you’re trying to find somewhere to stay at short notice.
Where to eat
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before catching a show at The Stoller Hall, the venue has you covered, thanks to its partnership with local caterers Grape and Grain Catering Co. The venue has its own café/bar which sells snacks and drinks before, during and after shows.
Amazingly, The Stoller Hall also boasts a partnership with Alston Bar and Beef, a restaurant in the nearby Corn Exchange. If you wave your ticket for any Stoller Hall event, you can get 10% off Alston’s a la carte menu on the day of the show.
As we mentioned, The Stoller Hall is proud of being a fully accessible venue as all modern performance spaces should be. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users and features tactile signage for visually impaired visitors. It is currently planning to install an infra-red hearing system for hearing impaired visitors.
The venue offers free tickets for companions, and concession tickets (usually 20%) for full time students, those under the age of 19 and over the age of 65. Fulfilling its duty as a specialist music venue for secondary school age children, the Stoller Hall also offers reduced price family and group tickets.
How do I get tickets?
You can see all the events coming up at the Stoller Hall here at TickX! Why not use our service to look at prices offered by all ticket sellers to find the cheapest available? You can also use our interactive seat maps to find the seat with the perfect view.