Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Propellor // Loom

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Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbrian dialect)

Jack McNeill clarinets David Le Page violin Cath Leech violin Kay Stephen viola Clare O’Connell cello Sebastiano Dessanay double bass Charlie Wild fiddle Aaron Diaz trumpet Martyn Sanderson trombone/sackbut Robin Beatty guitars Jim Molyneux percussion/accordion Joe Acheson live electronics 

Propellor, a 12-piece cross-genre collective performs their first touring work Loom, mixing field recordings, shared stories, free improvisation, folk, experimental electronica, baroque and contemporary classical music, alongside special guest poet Helen Mort.

Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain (The Old Dance School), The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Ensemble 360, Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata. 

Jack McNeill has been developing this project on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. The piece carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed. New field recordings and interviews from the local area and people are woven into the piece after short in-situ residencies. Mapping out the watercourse backwards from the sea to the sky, the music "twists and turns through different sound worlds" (Aidan O'Rourke, mentor for the project).  It aims to encourage new audiences to experience sounds and a journey that wants to break down the expectations of genre, to get to the heart of why people are drawn to shared live experiences and stories. The premiere of Loom was at the inaugural Festival of New, Snape Maltings.

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Sep
7
to Sep 8

Propellor // Loom

Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbrian dialect)

Jack McNeill clarinets David Le Page violin Cath Leech violin Kay Stephen viola Clare O’Connell cello Sebastiano Dessanay double bass Charlie Wild fiddle Aaron Diaz trumpet Martyn Sanderson trombone/sackbut Robin Beatty guitars Jim Molyneux percussion/accordion Joe Acheson live electronics 

Propellor, a 12-piece cross-genre collective performs their first touring work Loom, mixing field recordings, shared stories, free improvisation, folk, experimental electronica, baroque and contemporary classical music, alongside special guest artists TBC...

Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain (The Old Dance School), The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Ensemble 360, Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata. 

Jack McNeill has been developing this project on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. The piece carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed. New field recordings and interviews from the local area and people are woven into the piece after short in-situ residencies. Mapping out the watercourse backwards from the sea to the sky, the music "twists and turns through different sound worlds" (Aidan O'Rourke, mentor for the project).  It aims to encourage new audiences to experience sounds and a journey that wants to break down the expectations of genre, to get to the heart of why people are drawn to shared live experiences and stories. The premiere of Loom was at the inaugural Festival of New, Snape Maltings.

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Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Rowan Rheingans: The Lines We Draw Together Album launch

Rowan Rheingans: The Lines We Draw Together Album launch with special guests

Rowan Rheingans’ much-anticipated debut solo release The Lines We Draw Together is a heartfelt yet unflinching musical essay on memory, history, fascism, waltzes, folk-song, bird-song, trauma, family & war. Inspired by her own grandmother’s youth in 1940’s Germany, The Lines We Draw Together is a meditation on ancestry; a pertinent anti-war statement and an urgent questioning of our collective handling of ‘dark histories’. This makes it an historic provocation for our current political climate while also a triumphant celebration of human empathy, resilience and hope.

A companion to Rowan’s acclaimed one-woman show Dispatches on The Red Dress, her debut solo album features cathartic collaborations with indy, jazz, classical and electronic musicians, including bassist Michele Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and clarinettist Jack McNeill (Propellor).

For this special concert, Rowan will perform her new album in full, featuring guest musicians from the record. The intimacy of a folk gig meets the ancient traditions of storytelling and the emotional soundscapes of genre-melding music in this unique performance.

...not just an excellent songwriter but someone with a fine grasp of the delicate balance of joy and pain that makes us human
— Folk Radio UK
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Jul
11
to Jul 20

World Premiere: Tao of Glass, Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott

World Premiere at Manchester International Festival 2019

Tao of Glass

Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott

An exploration of life, loss and a single question: 
Where does true inspiration come from?

Composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott (Improbable) have worked together on acclaimed opera productions in London, New York and beyond, and Tao of Glass is their most personal collaboration yet. Inspired by a dream, this 
world premiere marries ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom with ten brand new pieces of music from Glass, presented by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers.

Part-concert, part-performance, Tao of Glass is a storytelling tapestry, soundtracked by Glass’s mesmerising music and shot through with Improbable’s trademark theatricality. 

Philip Glass – Composer
Phelim McDermott – Writer, Performer & Co-Director
Kirsty Housley – Co Director
Fly Davis – Designer
Colin Grenfell – Lighting Designer
Giles Thomas – Sound Designer
Ragnar Freidank – Documentary Maker & Collaborator

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Improbable, Perth Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Carolina Performing Arts – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Improbable and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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Jun
12
to Jun 19

Touring with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Conductor - Omer Meir Wellber

Piano - Richard Goode, Daniel Ciobanu

Soprano - Sarah-Jane Brandon

Tenor - Werner Güra

Gewandhaus Choir

Various programmes including:

Josef Bardanashvili (*1948) - Ex Animo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) - Piano concerto No. 25 in C major K 503

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) - Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) - Piano concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) - The Art of Fugue for Orchestra, arranged by various composers: Maximilian Otto (fugue 1), Peter Tornyai (fugue 5), Carlo Boccadoro (fugue 7), Sven-David Sandström (fugue 8), Ferran Cruixent (fugue 9), Bernd Franke (fugue 11), Aziza Sadikova (fugue 12), Ella Milch-Sheriff (fugue 14)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) - Psalm 42 op. 42 ›As The Hart Pants‹

Felix Mendelssohn - Christus op. 97

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