Since arriving in Manchester, Candlelight has charmed audiences with its magical fusion of music and light inside some of the city’s most incredible venues including the historic Manchester Cathedral and Hallé St Peter’s. Illuminated by a sea of candles, talented musicians put their own unique spin on the timeless compositions and modern day hits by some of the most notable figures in music. But if you’re still unsure whether or not these concerts are for you, we’ve compiled a list of seven reasons to attend a Candlelight concert in Manchester.
1. The brilliant musicians
Candlelight’s talented musicians have spent countless hours performing to audiences around the world and perfecting their craft, so they know how to put on a show. String quartets, pianists, full orchestras, jazz bands and more have already put audiences under a musical spell in Manchester thanks to their undeniable talent, musicianship and dedication to their art.
2. The magical atmosphere
Needless to say, what elevates these already magnificent concerts is the ethereal glow from thousands of twinkling candles. The flicker of candlelight dances to the sounds of your favourite songs, creating an enchanting ambience that’s perfect to hear live music in. As the city’s most remarkable locations light up from a sea of glimmering candles, you’re immersed in a truly magical setting that seems to wash all your worries and cares away.
3. You can hear your favourite classical composers in a new light
Since its debut, Candlelight has put a spotlight on some of the most legendary classical composers in history. Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons have sounded through some of the city’s most beloved landmarks, and Mozart’s famous masterpieces have left audiences in a musical trance. Their timeless compositions have provided the soundtrack to countless films and TV shows, and you’ll recognise many of them as soon as the first few notes are played.
4. Modern day hits are given a classical twist
Candlelight showcases the eternal compositions of classical music, but it certainly doesn’t just stop there. In fact, one of the most impressive feats about these candlelit concerts is the way modern day hits are given a new, classical twist. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s iconic tunes have been given a classical makeover, and Rihanna’s hit-filled discography shines bright like a diamond as her hits are performed on strings. Bands such as Manchester locals Oasis and the likes of Queen, Coldplay and ABBA have all received the magical Candlelight treatment, too.
What’s more, audiences have experienced the magic of the movies in a whole new light at spellbinding tributes to esteemed film composers such as Hans Zimmer and Ludovico Einaudi. So, no matter what type of music you’re into, there’s sure to be a Candlelight concert for you.
5. The stories behind the music
During the candlelit evening, musicians sometimes take a quick break between songs to share a small anecdote or fun fact about the original artist or song they’re covering. Perhaps it’s about the origins of the song, how it was composed, what the inspiration for its creation was or what the song means to the musician performing it. This adds an extra layer to the whole experience, and you may even walk away learning something new about one of your favourite artists.
6. The unbeatable ticket prices
The long and the short of it is that Candlelight concerts are for everyone. Each Candlelight concert has multiple types of tickets that you can purchase at different prices. The cheapest start from just £20, but you can spend a little more for some of the best seats in the house if you wish. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show without having to worry about forking out on a ticket.
7. Candlelight has received rave reviews around the world
Candlelight has had enormous success around the world, in cities such as London, Madrid, New York, Paris and, of course, Manchester. The concerts have been met with countless five-star reviews and are sure to be an experience unlike any other.
“Excellent and fun evening.”
“Was an amazing venue and an amazing performance!!”
“Amazing! A must to attend. Thank u for the wonderful evening in Manchester!”
“Really amazing performance, the musicians are incredible.”