UpClose: Antarctica

Wednesday January 30, 2019 8.00pm, HOME

Antarctica is an immersive work of orchestral music theatre. Composer Laura Bowler travelled to the Antarctic in January 2018 and brought it back for you. Authentic audio visual material captured from the trip will recreate the world of the southern oceans here in Manchester. You will feel as though you are one of the deckhands onboard the ship as you sail down the Lemaire Channel via 360 sound, actors and stunning visuals. This is going to be a truly chilling experience — dress warmly. This s...

  • Laura Bowler Composer
  • Sam Redway Actor
  • Jessica Cottis Conductor


Haydn Unheard

Monday February 4, 2019 7.30pm, The Stoller Hall

For years, confusion reigned over the true identity of the composer of Cello Concerto No.2 in D Major — was it Haydn or Kraft? What was never in doubt though was the brilliance of the piece or the talents of the two potential composers. Istvan Vardai brings with him the 1673 Stradivari ‘Du pre-Harrell’ cello and Gábor will bring crystal clarity to this cello-centric programme that is sure to delight. This is a perfect collaboration because these two Hungarians come at music with the same ...

  • István Várdai Cello
  • Gábor Takács-Nagy Music Director


UpClose: Headspace

Wednesday February 27, 2019 7.30pm, Manchester Cathedral

Last season in this same venue, Hugo Ticciati brought audiences under his spell before a note was even played by performing a pre concert meditation and then manipulating the space of this most enchanting venue by having the orchestra play out of sight, in front of the audience and even behind them at one point. Be there to find out what this melodic magician does with our magical orchestra this night. Tonight he is aided in his pursuits by the works of Bach, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Perotin and Phili...

  • Hugo Ticciati Violin/Director