Bridgewater Hall was built to answer the need for a major music venue in Manchester, the aging Free Trade Hall having been sold to developers, and its bold modernist design has already acquired iconic status. The building rests on thousands of steel springs, insulating it from noise and vibration. The main auditorium seats nearly 2,400 people and is centred around the spectacular Marcussen & Son pipe organ. The Hall hosts classical concerts by UK and international artists, as well as other musical performances. In recognition of its contribution to Manchester city centre, the Hall received a Civic Trust award in 1998.
The nearest railway stations are at Deansgate and Oxford Road, and the nearest Metrolink stations are Deansgate–Castlefield and St Peter's Square.
The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester's international concert venue, built to give the best possible space for music. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year including classical music, rock, pop, jazz and world music. The Bridgewater Hall's magnificent Marcussen pipe organ is a focal point and dominates the 2,400 seat auditorium, completely covering the rear wall with a beautiful blend of wood and burnished metal. It was the largest instrument of its kind to be installed in Britain for almost a century and is the jewel in the crown of one of Europe's finest concert halls.
The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series and works with a range of promoters and charity hirers on other programming.
The construction of The Bridgewater Hall was funded in partnership by Manchester City Council and Manchester Development Corporation with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund.
The ongoing operation of the Hall is now the responsibility of an independent charitable trust, Manchester Concert Hall Limited. The Bridgewater Hall is managed by SMG Europe Holdings Limited, one of the world’s largest international venue operators.
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- Provides: Wheelchair access
- Open since: 1996
Events at this venue
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An evening with the soldier, adventurer and star of C4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Mon 16 Sep
£31.90–£40.15 / 0844 907 9000
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
- Directed by: Yutaka Sado (cond)
- Written by: Dvorak
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1922 as the 2ZY Orchestra before becoming absorbed into the BBC in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. It voted to take its present name in 1982, having become a nationwide ensemble. It has a strong reputation for performing contemporary works. The present chief conductor is…
Sat 1 Jun
Sat 15 Jun
Sat 21 Sep
Prices to be confirmed / 0844 907 9000
Kabalevsky/Prokofiev/Coates/ Walton. William Walton: Symphony No 1 in B flat minor Eric Coates: Dancing Nights Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Dmitri Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon – overture
The Bootleg Beatles
Relive the sights and sounds of the 60s with the most established Beatles tribute band.
Fri 13 Dec
£38.75 / 0844 907 9000
Calexico and Iron & Wine
The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still findingsolace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummerJohn Convertino…
Wed 20 Nov
CE: Hermine Deurloo/Rembrandt Frerichs Quartet
On their UK debut from The Netherlands, Hermine Deurloo and Rembrandt Frerichs have been performing together on the chromatic harmonica and piano since 2013. Their new album Living Here, recorded together with Brooklyn-based drummer Jim Black and German cellist Jörg Brinkmann, presents an inventive interplay led by…
Sun 26 May
£5–£8 / 0844 907 9000
American singer, actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on CMT's Nashville.
Sat 19 Oct
Prices to be confirmed / 0844 907 9000
With The Adelaides.
Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott
Moore is one of Ireland's leading solo artists, mixing traditional song with contemporary social and political commentary.
Tue 15 Oct
£42.75–£48.25 / 0844 907 9000
Come and Play With the HallÉ 2019
Come and Play with the Hallé concerts offer thousands of families the opportunity to experience a very special performance by the Halle and to listen to children from around Tameside play and sing with an international symphony orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. The Come and Play concerts present especially composed…
Tue 25 Jun
£9.46 (£7.35) / 0844 907 9000
Come And Play With The Halle 2019 -'fly Me To The Moon'performance 20th June 2019
Audience members are invited to come and see Wirral, Cheshire West and Sefton primary school instrumentalists and singers at the stunning Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on the 20th June2019- Afternoon Performance. Event commences 1.30pm.
Thu 20 Jun
Come And Play With The Halle 2019 -'fly Me To The Moon'performance 25th June 2019
Audience members are invited to come and see Wirral, Cheshire West and Sefton primary school instrumentalists and singers at the stunning Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on the 25th June2019- Afternoon Performance. Event commences 1.30pm.
Tue 25 Jun
Come And Play With The Halle 2019 -'fly Me To The Moon'performance 26th June 2019
Audience members are invited to come and see Wirral, Cheshire West and Sefton primary school instrumentalists and singers at the stunning Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on the 26th June2019- Afternoon Performance. Event commences 1.30pm.
Wed 26 Jun
Dick and Angel Strawbridge
Presale to Dick & Angel's fan club (password protected): *OPEN General sale: * Saturday 4th May at 10am Dick "> Tickets: £29.50 (This prices includes a £2.50 per ticket booking fee) Show Time: 7:30pm Please Note: Under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult (18+). Unfortunately there is no lift access to the…
Fri 28 Feb 2020
Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael
An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.
Fri 13 Sep
£32.28–£40.92 / 0844 907 9000
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Chris Foggin
- Cast: Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Daniel Mays, David Hayman
Danny (Mays) is a music industry talent handler who arrives in Cornwall on a stag night, and discovers the titular (real-life) folk singers and signs them. Mays is a watchable lead and generates rom-com chemistry with Middleton, the daughter of the group’s grouchy Jim (Purefoy). An undemanding yarn with nevertheless the…
Sun 6 Oct
£25–£32.50 / 0844 907 9000
A nine-man shanty folk group drawing on 200 years of traditional vocal repertoire.
Sun 6 Oct
£29.15–£37.40 / 0844 907 9000
The bogbrush-haired synth pop whizz continues to benefit from 80s nostalgia.
Thu 30 May
£22.90–£42.90 / 0844 907 9000
Scruffy, half-English, half-Italian, London-based singer-songwriter with an indie folk style.
Tue 19 Nov
£29–£40 / 0844 907 9000
The American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Illinois presents his Grammy Award-winning brand of folk and country.
Mon 9 Sep
£38.88–£53.25 / 0844 907 9000
K.D. Lang: Ingenue Redux - 25th Anniversary Tour
Sun 14 Jul
£47.50–£53.25 / 0844 907 9000
Licence to Thrill: The Music of Bond
Nobody does it better… hear Bond themes from 'Diamonds Are Forever' and ‘Goldfinger’ to 'Skyfall' and ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ performed live in concert. At this performance, all the greatest Bond music is brought to life by a show band and sensational vocalist Tim Howar.
Fri 18 Oct
British pop duo made up of vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker.
Mon 18 Nov
£29.68–£54.88 (Family £110.50) / 0844 907 9000
Watch Love Actually on the big screen with a full orchestra performing the score live.
Wed 27 Nov
£29.50–£65 / 0844 907 9000
Love Actually: Live in Concert
Screening of the perennial festive favourite, with a live orchestra providing the soundtrack.
Wed 27 Nov
£54.46–£70.40 / 0844 907 9000
The Magic of Motown
Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.
Fri 31 May
£31.75–£40 / 0844 907 9000
The 80s prog rockers, now fronted by Steve Hogarth.
Mon 4 Nov
£50.38 / 0844 907 9000
Ministry of Sound - The Annual Classical
Dance and club anthems get an orchestral makeover.
Fri 14 Jun
The Musical Box
A reproduction of classic Genesis concerts featuring all the hits alongside replica props and visuals.
Sun 2 Feb 2020
£29–£54.30 / 0844 907 9000
NOW That’s What I Call the 80s
NOW That’s What I Call Music is the biggest selling compilation brand in the UK. For the very first time, sing, dance and party along to all your favourite hits in a live concert celebration of the ultimate iconic 80s album! Chart topping songs include: AFRICA TAKE ON ME RED RED WINE UPTOWN GIRL…
Sun 17 Nov
Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 907 9000
The voice behind hits such as Ace's 'How Long', Squeeze's 'Tempted' and Mike and the Mechanics' 'The Living Years'.
Fri 21 Feb 2020
£39.45–£44.95 / 0844 907 9000
Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake
- Written by: Russian State Ballet
Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.
Mon 6 Jan 2020
£41.75–£52.75 / 0844 907 9000
Shakespears Sister is Siobhan Fahey's band, first rocketing into global consciousness in 1989 with the release of debut album Sacred Heart and its massive hit single You're History both hitting the UK top 10. Returning in 1991 as a duo with Marcella Detroit, Shakespears Sister soon set the world ablaze again with the…
Mon 11 Nov
The London-based pop singer returns to music after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
Sun 9 Jun
£33.90–£55 / 0844 907 9000
A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond.
Sat 16 Nov
The one-time Genesis guitarist revisits his time in the band with new versions of songs he co-wrote from the period 1971–1977.
Tue 26 Nov
£47 / 0844 907 9000
Strictly Come Dancing: Here Come The Boys
New show from the Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez.
Thu 27 Jun
Sold out / 0844 907 9000
The English recorder producer and former member of The Buggles, Yes and Art of Noise peforms with his own band.
Wed 31 Jul
£31.20–£65.70 / 0844 907 9000
Sun 7 Jul
Prices to be confirmed / 0844 907 9000
The Anvil- An elegy for Peterloo. Manchester International Festival 2019- The Anvil by Emily Howard & Michael Symmons Roberts
Indie-pop and folk with Celtic overtones by Mike Scott and his band of raggle taggle musicians.
Tue 28 May
£40–£44.95 / 0844 907 9000
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Cabaret as Australian actor/singer/songwriter Ruth Katerelos takes the audience on a musical journey through various states of love with Monique Kenny on guitar.
Fri 20 Sep
£27.50–£35 / 0844 907 9000