Sue and I recently had the pleasure of an evening at the Bridgewater Hall. Instead of one of the usual local orchestras, this evening’s concert was performed by the Oslo Philharmonic, bringing home to us our good fortune in living just a few minutes’ tram ride from a major international concert venue.
On my way to meet Sue for a pre concert pizza in Croma, I took the opportunity to try to capture some nice lighting effects before the sun went down.
Here’s the Bridgewater Canal from the towpath between the Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop and the Bridgewater Hall.
How the Peveril of the Peak pub has managed to escape the ravages of the property developers, I just don’t know. Many of these small city centre hostelries have made way for office developments above coffee shops and wine bars.
Here’s a shot of the sunlit buildings taken from just beyond the pub.
The old railway goods warehouse is now mainly a car park.
Here’s a view towards Peter Street, taken from the same place as the previous picture.
For many years I worked in Heron House, just a few metres away from where this image of Manchester Town Hall was taken.
For the record, here’s an extract from the Bridgewater Hall’s website on the concert we attended, which it goes without saying was really excellent.
Monday, 7 March, 2016 7:30PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Vasily Petrenko conductor | Simon Trpceski piano
Grieg Lyric Suite: Gangar (5’) | Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (35’) | Mahler Symphony No.5 (70’)
Better known to British audiences as Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Phil, since 2013 Vasily Petrenko has also been Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. Still not yet 40, the dynamic Russian maestro brings vital energy and strong musical discipline to all his performances, never better shown than in the mighty symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Petrenko has also formed a successful partnership with Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski, and their recordings of the Rachmaninov concertos have won critical acclaim for their insight and brilliance.
‘There is nothing overstated… and yet there is nothing that goes unnoticed either: the interpretative balance is precise and inspired, the thrill of experiencing the concerto played in this way immeasurable. Trpceski was born to perform this music, and Petrenko to conduct it.’ The Telegraph