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Musick in Manchester

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Manchester Baroque Seaon 2019-20 Opening Concert

275th anniversary of the first Manchester subscription series concert, 1744/45 

The reconstruction of the 1744/45 concertseries represents part of a current researchproject being undertaken by Dr. Pauline Nobes, Artistic Director of Manchester Baroque.

Based on a uniquely detailed and what appears to be a scholarly and accurate transcript of a set of accounts of the first ever concert-giving activity in Manchester, this concert series proposes to reconstruct the 16 subscription concerts which took place between November 2nd, 1744 and August 20th, 1745. These accounts, written in a small “cyphering” account book dated Nov. 1st 1744, were published a hundred years later (in 1844) by a gentleman journalist John Harland.

There will be a free pre-concert talk on Manchester Musick given by Pauline Nobes at 6pm in St Ann's Church.

© Prof. Dr. Pauline H. Nobes

Tickets Available via Eventbrite.

The Musick in Manchesterconcert series is part of a research project currently being undertaken by Dr. Pauline Nobes, Artistic Director of Manchester Baroque who will lead performances of the entire 1744/45 series in forthcoming concerts.

Tickets for concerts at St Ann’s Church are priced from £5 to £20 with discounts on some tickets for the over 65s, young people and the unwaged. Tickets for the performance of Handel’s Messiah at Manchester Cathedral are priced from £10 to £25.

Season Tickets covering all five concerts are available guaranteeing the best available seats for a discounted price of £92 by emailing


George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) Overture to Ottone (1722) Arrangement by Handel for solo harpsichord

George Frideric Handel ‘Falsa imagine, m’ingannasti’, from Ottone

George Frideric Handel Concerto grosso in G major, Op. 3 No.3 (1734)

Maurice Greene (1696 – 1755) Spenser's Amoretti (1739)

Carlo Tessarini (1690 – after 1766) Sonata in F major, Op.2 No.1 (c. 1736) Solo flute and basso continuo

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713) Trio Sonata in A major, Op.1 No.3 (1681)


Arcangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6 No.2 (1714)

Richard Jones (d. 1744) Suite V from Suites or Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord (1732)

Georg Frederick Handel 'Tornami a vagheggiar' from Alcina (1735)

Arcangelo Corelli Trio Sonata in D major, Op 2 No.1 (1685)

Pietro Guiseppi Boni (d. ca. 1750) Solo Sonata No. 3 in E minor (1730)

Carlo Tessarini Concerto a Cinque III in G major (1734)

Earlier Event: February 9
An Evening of Baroque Concertos
Later Event: November 30
Manchester's Messiah