Manchester Collective are famed for eclectic programmes in unusual spaces. They combine cutting-edge contemporary music and classical for a curious audience across the UK. They debut at the BBC Proms in 2021.
Manchester Collective are an exciting new force in the classical music world combining contemporary music with classical repertoire in unusual spaces, playing in concert halls, club spaces and warehouses up and down the UK.
Their events have a theatrical edge to them drawing on the space surrounding the players, in turn creating an ambience that makes performance more electrifying. And in the process audiences are more attuned to hearing the unusual or unfamiliar.
Be sure to take a listen to their brilliant EP ‘Recreation’ released in 2020 to get a sense of the kind of sounds they’re creating.
Manchester Collective commissioned major works by artists including Edmund Finnis, Freya Waley-Cohen, Hannah Peel, Lyra Pramuk, and Vessel.
Recent highlights include the creation of Dark Days, Luminous Nights, a daring installation made under lockdown with Blackhaine and Simon Buckley; Sirocco, the international sensation featuring South African cellist Abel Selaocoe & Chesaba; and the world premiere of Freya Waley-Cohen’s Talisman for string orchestra.
Manchester Collective tours the UK in their 2021/22 season with:
Voice of the Whale (September-October 2021)
Automata (November 2021)
Heavy Metal (December 2021)
A Little Requiem (February 2022)
The Oracle (March-April 2022)
Neon (May 2022)
This Savage Parade (June 2022)
You’ll be able to see them at:
Future Yard, Birkenhead
St George’s Bristol
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Leeds International Concert Season
Opera North and Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Kings Place, London
Southbank Centre, London
Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester
Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
The White Hotel, Salford
Where The Light Gets In, Stockport.
For a full list of their 2021/22 season, see https://manchestercollective.co.uk/21-22