Sir Mark Elder to conduct at the opening of The Stoller Hall

21 April 2017, 13:15

Violetta Strings (c) Sara Porter

By Amy MacKenzie

Sir Mark Elder and Director of Music at Chetham's School of Music, Stephen Threlfall, directed a host of superb musicians in a specially-formed orchestra of alumni, staff and friends during the Opening Celebration Concert.

The Stoller Hall, built within Chetham’s School of Music, was opened this weekend by The Earl of Wessex, Patron of Chetham’s School of Music. His Royal Highness, who has been Patron of the school since 2003, unveiled a plaque at the Opening Celebration Concert conducted by Sir Mark Elder on Sunday 23 April to officially launch the concert hall. 

Alun Jones and His Royal Highness, Prince Edward,
Alun Jones and His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Patron of Chetham's School of Music, at the Royal Opening Celebration Concert at The Stoller Hall. (c) Sara Poter

The £8.7m concert hall, situated in the centre of Manchester, boasts a 482-seat acoustically immaculate auditorium perfect for a variety of ensembles and genres: from chamber music, choirs and full-scale orchestras, to contemporary and jazz music, comedy and spoken word. 

The Stoller Hall 5(c)Brian Pilkington - Chethams S
The Stoller Hall (c) Brian Pilkington - Chethams School of Music

Sir Mark Elder and the Director of Music at Chetham's School of Music, Stephen Threlfall, directed the specially-formed orchestra of alumni, staff and friends in a performance featuring Walton’s Henry V; Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody led by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately; and Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes. Alumnus and internationally renowned pianist Paul Lewis completed the line-up, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2.

Conductor Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Opening Cele
Conductor Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Opening Celebration Concert at The Stoller Hall. (c) Sara Porter

The hall also happens to have a state-of-the-art moving stage. See a time-lapse of the stage expanding here.

Sir Mark Elder spoke to Classic FM about the acoustics of The Stoller Hall and the importance of listening to the sound:

You can hear how versatile the hall is by listening to violin student Coco Inman playing Bach, and comparing it to the orchestra rehearsing Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes with Sir Mark Elder:

Find out more about The Stoller Hall here and watch the full interview with Sir Mark Elder on the importance of music education here.

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