Grieg anniversary continues in Manchester

 Date:01/03/2007 - 31/03/2007
 Type:Culture, Grieg 07
 Location:England, Manchester

Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, the UK’s largest music school, continues to mark the official Grieg year in March with numerous concerts and events.

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. Until July, they will offer the public various concerts and educational events performed by some of today’s leading Norwegian musicians.

Artists gracing the North West with their presence for the festival will include Norway’s finest pianists, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Håvard Gimse. Also, on the programme is Norwegian master, viola player Lars Ander Tomter, and new generation violinist, Henning Kraggerud. One of the highlights of the festival is a Gala Concert in memory of Grieg on his birthday, as well as the complete musical drama of Peer Gynt as never experienced before.

The festival’s programme, which runs until 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 will be workshops open to the public – with something for everyone. These will include composer workshops, masterclasses for the piano and viola, all led by top musicians as well as drama and film workshops.

March’s events include:

Thursday 1 March, 2 – 5pm
Event: Piano Recital - Håvard Gimse
Venue: Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s  
Contact: T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548
If you are a young pianist, then this is your chance to take part in a masterclass directed by Gimse. The workshop will focus on Grieg’s piano works, including his Lyric Pieces. 
For Grade 7 students and above.         
Admission: Free. 

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Viola Forum with Lars Anders Tomter and Chetham’s String Faculty
T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548
A two-day event of workshops, discussions and masterclasses. Friday is for teachers and Saturday for students of all ages and abilities. 
Admission: £25 (Friday) £18 (Saturday). 
Booking essential

Friday 2 March, 7:30pm
Event: Recital by Lars Anders Tomter & Håvard Gimse
Venue: Whiteley Hall, Chetham’s 
Contact: T: 0161 838 7246
This outstanding duo has delighted audiences performing viola and piano repertoire across Europe and in the United States. Their Chetham’s appearance is a unique opportunity to experience the talents of two of Norway’s most admired artists. The programme includes Schumann Märchenbilder, Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano,Søderlind Friesische Landschaft and Grieg Cello Sonata (transcribed Tomter).
Admission: £12, £10 concessions, £3 under-18s including Norwegian style interval refreshments.
Booking advised

Saturday 3 March, 7:30pm
Event: Concert by Chetham's Sinfonia & Ensembles
Venue: Manchester Cathedral  
Contact: T: 0161 838 7246
A programme featuring Norwegian works including Halvorsen Marcia funebre (Norwegian national anthem), Tveitt Hardanger Melodie, Grieg Four Norwegian Dances and music by Vaughan Williams and Grieg’s lifelong friend, Delius. 
Admission: £5, £3 concessions, no booking required

Monday 19 March, 2pm & Tuesday 20 March, 11am & 2pm
Event: Protecting Antarctica  
Venue: Chetham's School of Music  
Contact: T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548
Dr John Shears from the British Antarctic Survey will highlight the threats to Antarctica and how local, regional and global pressures on the frozen continent are effecting the environment. He will discuss how the region is protected by a unique international agreement - the Antarctic Treaty - and assess whether the current framework is sufficient, given the pressures the frozen continent now face
For GCSE & A-Level Geography students and environmental enthusiasts.
Admission: Free, booking advised

Saturday 24 March, 7:30pm
Event: Live at St Winifred's  
Venue: St Wilfred’s Church, Grappenhall
Contact: T: 01925 265 146
Chetham’s Serenata Strings, piano and vocal students perform Grieg’s original compositions and arrangements, 
Admission:£10, £9 concessions, £4 under-18s & students

Tuesday 27 March, 7:30pm (Pre-Concert Event 5pm) 
Event: Einar Steen-Nøkleberg – Piano Recital
With Sven Olav Lyngstad – Hardanger fiddle
Venue: Whiteley Hall, Chetham's
Contact: T: 0161 838 7246
"Einar Steen-Nøkleberg has tremendous sensitivity to Grieg's multiple nuances of mood, colour and character. It's almost impossible to imagine this music better interpreted." BBC Music Magazine

In a concert, which will bring a Norwegian folk tradition to life, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Sven Olav Lyngstad perform Grieg’s Slätter (Peasant Dances).  Hear the original folk tunes played first on the Hardanger fiddle, an instrument steeped in Norway’s heritage, followed by Grieg’s version for piano.
Admission: £12, £10 concessions, £5 under-18s including Norwegian refreshments. 
Booking advised

Pre-concert event, Baronial Hall, 5pm – 6pm             
The Hardanger fiddle
Sven Olav Lyngstad has given folk music presentations across Scandinavia and the USA.  Now in Manchester, he invites you to Chetham’s 15th century Baronial Hall, to learn more about the Hardanger fiddle, the national instrument of Norway. As one of the few European folk music traditions to survive unchanged today, this promises to be a fascinating session and is fundamental to understanding the roots of Grieg’s music.
Admission: Free, booking advised

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT! Find out more about the Hardanger fiddle in our pre concert event, and then enjoy a Norwegian buffet in Chetham’s medieval buildings before heading off to enjoy the concert. Admission: £17, £15 concessions including pre-concert event, buffet, concert & interval refreshments. 
Booking essential by Friday 23 March.

Wednesday 28 March, 11am – 4:30pm
Event: Piano Masterclass with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
Venue: Chetham's School of Music  
Contact: T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548
Observe masterclasses led by Norway’s pianist as he works with Chetham’s students.
Admission: Free, booking advised

Thursday 29 March, 2pm – 5pm
Event: Piano Workshop with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
Venue: Chetham's School of Music  
Contact: T: Sylvia Lösche, 0161 839 6548
If you are a young pianist, then this is an exciting opportunity to explore Grieg’s Lyric Piece’s.
For grade 6 students and above.
Admission: Free, booking essential by Wednesday 21 March

Check back to in coming months for more events at the Spirit of Norway Festival.

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Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester is marking the Grieg centenary from February until July.Photo: Tom Bangbala

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