The most famous classical venue in Manchester is the Bridgewater Hall (pictured on the right), with over 2,300 seats, a 5,500 pipe organ and the bonus of two resident orchestras: the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé, Britain's longest-established symphony orchestra (which also spends significant time away on tour). The Royal Northern College of Music also hosts some wonderful concerts from Manchester Camerata and some very well known chamber ensembles as well as many music college events. The smaller Martin Harris Centre in the University of Manchester also plays host to a selection of superb string quartets and other chamber music in addition to the University's own classical music events.
Away from the city centre is the Lowry at Salford in Greater Manchester where Opera North bring their innovative and traditional opera to the area. The Manchester Opera House mainly stages musicals of the Broadway/West End variety, but does also stage some opera and ballet.
Choral music is often to be heard at Manchester Cathedral.
For lists of particular types of classical music concerts or opera in Manchester, click on one of the following links: