Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik | Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra (Matthew Sharp, cello) | Schubert Erlkönig (Matthew Sharp, baritone) | Copland Appalachian Spring | Manson Meeting at Nisqueunia
‘Virtuoso of the Arts’ (The Times) Matthew Sharp teams up with us for an inspirational concert at Stockport Town Hall on Friday 9 March. Matthew is internationally recognised as both a compelling classical artist and a fearless pioneer, who can just as easily turn his hand to remarkable cello-playing as he can to mesmerising audiences with his vibrant baritone. He has performed with Opera North, Manchester Camerata, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others and returns to the North West for this standout concert as part of the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season.
Matthew Sharp is also an accomplished actor and animateur, having performed principal roles at the Young Vic and National Theatre, and during the days leading up to the concert will work with the pupils of Stockport schools, culminating in the performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
He also gets a chance to demonstrate his extraordinary versatility in two works; firstly Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra by Tchaikovsky – a mixture of beautiful tunefulness and technical wizardry on the cello. After the interval, Matthew will put his cello to one side and sing the haunting and moving Erlkönig by Schubert, accompanied by the strings of the Orchestra.
The concert will come to a rousing and rumbustious finale with our composer in residence and bass player, James Manson’s Meeting at Nisqueunia, a collection of Shaker melodies that explodes to life with a furiously exciting bluegrass romp to send you on your way.