Grieg celebrations end in Manchester with a grand finale

 Date:01/07/2007 - 07/07/2007
 Type:Culture, Grieg 07
 Location:England, Manchester

Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, the UK’s largest music school, ends their celebrations of the official Grieg year in July with several events including a rare performance of 'Peer Gynt' in its complete form. In a thrilling conclusion to the six-month programme, Grieg's complete incidental music and Henrik Ibsen's dramatic text are brought to life.

Chetham’s – in partnership with leading Norwegian tour operator, Hurtigruten - launched ‘The Spirit of Norway’ festival on 2 February to celebrate Norway’s rich culture and the music of Grieg marking his centenary year. Over the past six months they have offered the public various concerts and educational events performed by some of today’s leading Norwegian musicians.

The festival’s programme, which ends in July, connects and collaborates with a number of local orchestras and organisations, such as Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and Gorton Philharmonic, that do so much to sustain the musical heritage of the region. As well as performances there have been workshops open to the public, including composer workshops, masterclasses for the piano and viola, all led by top musicians as well as drama and film workshops.

July’s events include:

Sunday 1 July, 8 – 9:15pm
Manchester Cathedral
Concert by students from Barratt Due Institute of Music Oslo

All the way from Oslo, Norway's leading young musicians perform a concert of music by Sinding, Halvorsen and Brustad.
Admission: Free, no booking required.
T: Angela Albinson, 0161 838 7246. E:

Monday 2 July, 6 – 7:30pm
Chetham's Baronial Hall
En liten Nattmusikk – a little night music

Join Chetham's for summer evening drinks after work and enjoy a light concert of Norwegian music performed by visiting musicians from the Barratt Due Institute of Music, Oslo. After the concert, go back in time on a fascinating tour around Chetham's delightful medieval buildings.
Admission: Free. If you would like to bring a group of people from your business, please contact Chetham's Development Office.
T: 0161 834 9644 E:

Tuesday 3 July, 7:30pm
Manchester Cathedral
Chetham's Sinfonia

A programme of orchestral and ensemble works including Svenson's Symphony no.2 with guest players from the region conducted by Stephen Threlfall.
Admission: £5, £3 concessions, no booking required
T: Angela Albinson, 0161 838 7246E:

Friday 6 July, 10am - 12noon
Chetham's Baronial Hall
Vocal Masterclass with Marianne Andersen and Ann-Helen Moen

Explore Norwegian songs with Norwegian soloists who will perform in Peer Gynt at our Bridgewater Hall concert. Admission: Free
Participants please apply by Friday 15 June
T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548 E:

Friday 6 July, 7:30pm
The Bridgewater Hall

Saturday 7 July, 7:30pm
The Lichfield Festival

Peer Gynt
The complete musical drama
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Do you know any lovable rogues? Well, let us introduce you to one! Meet Peer Gynt, the most famous character of Norwegian folklore, and be part of his fantastical adventure. From the Hall of the Mountain King to the Kingdom of Trolls and Deserts of Africa, Peer Gynt swaggers his way through an extraordinary journey of love, sacrifice and loyalty.

In a thrilling conclusion to the Festival, Grieg's complete incidental music and Henrik Ibsen's dramatic text will be brought to life. Peer Gynt is rarely performed in its complete form - don't miss this opportunity and celebrate the culmination of the Festival with us!

With guest musicians from the Barratt Due Institute of Music, Oslo.

The Bridgewater Hall
Box Office: 0161 907 9000
Tickets: £16, £11, £8

The Lichfield Festival
Box Office: 01543 412121 (Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm)
Tickets £9.50 - £24

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Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester has been marking the Grieg centenary from January to July.Photo: Tom Bangbala

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