FRENCH CONNECTIONS: Un voyage des Impressions
(7) 8 – 12 March 2018

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester arranges an annual chamber music festival with distinguished visitors – including Quatuor Voce with Nicky Spence (tenor), Trio Apaches and the Aronowitz Ensemble and the award-winning folk trio Faustus with their own students and teachers in a programme of concerts, talks, master classes and workshops that attract an enthusiastic audience of all ages. Events run from Friday morning to Sunday evening.

The 2018 Festival will focus on the links between Paris and Manchester. The French Impressionist painter Adolphe Valette taught in Manchester from 1907 to 1920 and LS Lowry was one of his grateful students. His pictures of Manchester scenes are among the highlights of Manchester Picture Gallery.

In between the recitals and lectures and masterclasses there is time to eat at the excellent college restaurant. There is of course no need to attend all the events. Late concerts round off each evening For full programme click here.

Rooms have been reserved at our favourite Manchester hotel, built in 1865 as the grandest cloth showcase in the world and with a splendid staircase and chandeliers. All our rooms are large and on the upper floors. It is a brisk walk or short bus ride from the RNCM where all the events take place. A full English breakfast is included and this can be supplemented by the very reasonable catering at the RNCM.

Manchester was the first town of the Industrial Revolution and its heritage is now being appreciated and enhanced. We have time to inspect some of the magnificent buildings in the city and Salford Quays. The recently renovated, extended and reopened Whitworth Gallery was named the UK 2015 Museum of the Year.

For the evening of 8 March we can book Opera North’s Madama Butterfly with the wonderful French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels at the splendid Lowry Centre. Best seats £60. For a glowing review of Tim Albery’s production click here

Cost : £460 (£60 single occupancy double room supplement) to include 4 nights bed-and-breakfast accommodation and a season ticket for all events at the RNCM. Deposit £200 pp. Travel is not included.
Extra night – if you would like to arrive on Wednesday 7 March, see the UK premiere of the documentary 4 about the exciting French string quartet Quatuor Ébène followed by a discussion with the director, and then a whole day visiting Manchester galleries and museums before the opera in the evening. £60 pp twin, £75 single b&b and ticket.