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'The Northern Chamber Orchestra last night gave one of those glorious concerts which have become their hallmark;
(Robert Beale)


Friday 28 March 2014

Promoted by Shropshire Music Trust in association with Orchestras Live

Holy Trinity Church, Salop Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2ER

Jennifer Pike, violin

Nicholas Ward, director



Mendelssohn  String Symphony no 1

Bruch  Violin Concerto

David Ellis  September Threnody

Haydn  Symphony no 83


Tickets: £18, Concessions available

Box Office: 01743 218218

Concert starts at 7.30pm

Approx end: 9.40pm


6.45pm: pre-concert talk with Jennifer Pike and Nicholas Ward (free to concert ticket holders)

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Saturday 5 July 2014

Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn BB1 5AA


With Blackburn Cathedral Choir


Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana

Tickets: ring Blackburn Cathedral: 01254 503090

Also available from King George's Hall: 0844 847 1664

Concert starts at 7.30pm

Approx end: 9.30pm



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11 - 27 July 2014

Buxton Festival

A summertime celebration of opera, music and literature in the hills of the beautiful Peak District.

NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' for the Festival's main opera productions - this year, Dvorak's Jacobin, Gluck's Orfeo, Rossini's Otello and an Opera Gala evening.

We are also presenting two concerts: NCO Wind Soloists and a Bach / Handel programme with soprano Gillian Keith (renowned for her prowess in the repertoire of JS Bach), directed by Stephen Barlow.

Check Buxton Festival's website for dates and times for opera productions.

Opera Gala evening: Friday 11 July, 8pm - 10pm

NCO Wind Ensemble: Saturday 19 July, 12 noon - 1pm

Gillian Keith (soprano) with NCO, directed by Stephen Barlow: Sunday 27 July, 9pm - 10.30pm


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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AS

Bolton Choral Union present:

Mendelssohn Elijah


9.40pm approx end time

Tickets: £13 balcony, £11 downstairs (concessions available)

BCU Box Office: 01204 492301 and On The Door from 7pm

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Bollington Festival

Festival Marquee, Bollington Recreation Ground, Adlington Road, Bollington SK10 5JT

A Family Concert

Programme includes:

J Strauss Overture, Die Fledermaus

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - 1st movement

Dvorak Slavonic Dance G minor, Opus 46, no 8 - with Bollington Orchestra

Shostakovich Waltz from Jazz Suite no 1

Thaikovsky Waltz from Sleeping Beauty

Elgar, Delius, Schubert, Bruch, Walton and more...


Approx. end: 9.30pm

Tickets: £16

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bolton Parish Church, Silverwell Street, Bolton BL1 1PS

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Finzi Eclogue

Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 1 - slow movement

Faure - Requiem excerpts

Whitbourn All Shall be Alleluia



Approx end: 9.40pm

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Friday 3 October 2014: Baroque Greats & Romantic Masters

Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DZ 

Handel Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 no 12

Dvorak Two Waltzes

Bruckner Locus Iste

Vivaldi Violin Concerto in D

Rossini String Sonata no 3 in C

Grieg Two Nordic Dances

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor

Enjoy a fabulous NCO programme - from the majestic music of three Baroque greats, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi - through to Romantic-era waltzes and dances from Dvorak and Grieg (via Rossini's precociously witty Sonata) and an expressively beautiful piece by Bruckner.

7.30pm start

9.40pm approx end time 

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Saturday 12 July 2014

The Sands Centre, Carlisle CA1 1JQ

Lakeland Opera, Festival Chorus

Conductor, Ian Thompson

Verdi  Requiem

 Tickets: £20; £8 students



9.40pm approx end time

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Rode Hall Parkland, Church Lane, Scholar Green, ST7 3QP

Just So Festival

Stanley's Stick with NCO

Stanley's Stick is a delightful, musical adventure for young children.  Performed by Helen Quayle, trumpet, Colin Blamey, clarinet and James Manson, double bass - the three musicians tell the charming story of Stanley's Stick (written by British author, John Hegley and featuring illustrations by Neal Layton) - with fun games and entertaining, join-in activities that bring the tale to life.



   At the Jitterbug area:

   9 - 10am, 11am - 12 noon, 1.30 - 2.30pm


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Traditional Christmas Classics at Tatton

Thursday 11 December 2014

Tenants' Hall, Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN

  With Weaverham High School Choir, conducted by Helen McKenna

Nicholas Ward violin

Programme includes:

Grieg Praeludium, Holberg Suite

Bach Sheep may safely graze

Prokofiev Troika

Shostakovich Waltz, Jazz Suite

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker excerpts

Anderson Sleigh Ride

The perfect way to start the Christmas season, with a concert fizzing with popular classics, festive favourites and carols - plus the chance to enjoy a tour of the resplendent Mansion; Tatton's enchanting theme this year is The Nutcracker (also featured in NCO's programme!).  Weaverham High School Choir makes a welcome return!

    Thursday 11 December 8pm

    Mansion open from 7pm


       Tickets: £20, £12 for 18s and under (ring for Group Discounts).

        Includes a warming winter drink or fruit juice.

        Tickets available from NCO Box Office: 0161 247 2220 / from

        Tatton Park Tel: 01625 374400 & Macclesfield Visitor Information  

        Centre: 01625 378123

Pre-concert suppers are available from 5pm in the Stables restaurant.  Pop in on the night or reserve a table on 01565 755001. 



Thursday 26 June 2014

Parr Hall, Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square South, Warrington WA1 1BL

Nicholas Ward, violin

Carnival Classics

The NCO presents a concert of popular classics, including the famous Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens (a quirky, comic delight), accompanied by the poems of renowned poet, Terry Caffrey.  The programme also includes Copland's stunning Appalachian Spring and other classical favourites from Grieg, Dvorak and Barber. 


Saint-Saens The Carnival of the Animals

Copland Appalachian Spring

Dvorak Slavonic Dances and

Grieg Norwegian Dances (excerpts)

Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings (from the Hollywood film, Platoon) 

Supported by and presented in partnership with: 'Accent' Warrington & Halton Music Education Hub and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Also supported by Warrington Borough Council, Halton Borough Council, the Ernest Cook Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Education.

Media Partners: Warrington Guardian and Runcorn & Widnes World


7.30pm start

9.40pm approx end time



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