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Celebrating a year of musical brilliance at Manchester’s secret piano and jazz bar

It's time to raise your glass and celebrate the first birthday of Manchester's classiest piano bar, Sonata.

Manchester’s Secret piano and jazz bar

As the city gears up to wish them a happy birthday, Sonata invites all music lovers to join in a week-long extravaganza from Monday, June 26th, to Sunday, July 2nd.

Prepare for a captivating journey through jazz, cabaret, soul, blues and classic pop accompanied by surprises, prizes, and unforgettable performances every night.

Sonata, conveniently nestled in the heart of Manchester, revels in the warm ambience that has captured the hearts of many over the past year.

A classy affair at Sonata

To express their gratitude to the loyal patrons who have supported their artistic endeavours, Sonata opens its doors next week with free entry on weekdays from Monday to Thursday, and even Sunday too.

It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up the enchanting atmosphere without breaking the bank.

And don’t worry, Friday and Saturday nights are just a fiver for entry, making it an irresistible option for weekend revellers.

Plus, arrive before 8 pm on Friday, and you’ll enjoy complimentary admission too.

Sonata table bookings

For those eager to secure an unforgettable experience, Sonata offers table bookings throughout the celebration week.

And here’s the cherry on top: every table reservation automatically enters you into a chance to win one of five generous £50 gift cards.

Sonata has carefully curated a captivating lineup of performances to mesmerise audiences of all tastes.

In July, Sonata has an amazing selection of artists for you to get your ears around.

Here’s the full lineup for their incredible big birthday week:

Sonata’s birthday week live music lineup includes

Monday 26 June 9pm-12am: Henry Botham

Manchester’s renowned New Orleans Blues pianist

Tuesday 27 June 9pm-12am: Ali Roocroft

Chilled interpretations of your favourite jazz and pop classics

Wednesday 28 June 9pm-12am: Open Mic Cabaret

Take to the stage, or just sit back and enjoy the variety of amateur singers, aspiring acts and professional artists

Thursday 29 June 9pm-12am: The Retrosettes Duo

Acoustic vocal and multi-instrumentalist duo playing decades of classics

Friday 30 June 9pm-12am: Honey Bee Jazz

High-energy jazz group playing popular tunes you know and love

Saturday 1 July 6pm-1am: Sonata Super Saturday

There’s 7 hours of live music every Saturday at Sonata, culminating in a late night piano-bar singalong

Sunday 2 July 8pm-11pm: Sam Lightwing & Max Rosen

Talented up-and-coming piano-saxophone duo playing jazz classics and more

You can book your table for this amazing selection of events by clicking here.

As the curtain falls on Sonata’s inaugural year, owner Dale Bassett reflects on the incredible journey thus far.

He said: “It’s been a challenging year to launch a venture, but the overwhelming support and love from guests have made it all worthwhile.

“Sonata has become more than just a piano bar; it has transformed into a thriving community, a place where music enthusiasts and artists alike can enjoy magical evenings together.

“Everyone is welcome here, if you’re looking for something a bit different or a great place to take a date, why not pay us a visit?”

Manchester’s local music talent

Since its inception, Sonata has been a haven for local talent, hosting over 200 artists who have graced their stage.

Notable names, such as Mancunian-born Berlin-based cabaret star Jack Woodhead, have flocked to perform at Sonata. 

Other highlights include Sonata welcoming the cast of “The Lion King” for an acoustic performance alongside a live orchestra, leaving the audience in awe back in October.

Sonata’s allure lies in its diverse and eclectic program, showcasing jazz, soul, pop, and musical theatre.

From traditional jazz quartets to thought-provoking devised theatre, the common thread is the piano, the heart and soul of Sonata’s melodic tapestry.

Whether it’s a solo pianist enchanting with their artistry or a pianist accompanied by a captivating vocalist, every performance at Sonata is a class act, leaving audiences spellbound.

As the first year comes to a close, Sonata’s founder and owner, Dale Bassett, is eager to make the second year even more exceptional.

Sonata’s commitment to creating an unforgettable musical haven is evident, and they look forward to weaving the dreams of their patrons into a harmonious reality.

Mark your calendars, Manchester music aficionados, and join Sonata as they celebrate their remarkable first birthday next week.

With a week filled with captivating performances, surprises, and prizes, Sonata promises an enchanting experience that will linger in your heart long after the melodies have faded.

Don’t miss this grand celebration at Manchester’s premier piano bar—it’s an experience that will resonate with your soul and leave you wanting more!

You can book your table by clicking here.

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