Up Close with Camerata

Posted on November 15, 2011

Up Close is a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and artist John Hyatt to explore new ways of presenting chamber music in a relaxed way in a variety of venues across the city.

The first of four exciting events took place at the Antony Burgess Foundation on 8 November 2011.

The concert featured quartet music by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Aulis Sallinen, and Brahms Sextet no. 2.

A selection of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives (originally for piano) were arranged especially for the evening by Simon Parkin.

This performance also marked the beginning of a new collaboration with artist John Hyatt which will develop over the coming year throughout the next UpClose concerts.

After an introductory talk about his plans and ideas, John Hyatt then presented a slow-moving film he’d created to be played with the Sallinen piece ‘Quiet Songs’.
Audience members discuss Up Close Click the image to hear the views of some of the audience members.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the concert – the music was wonderful and the intimacy of the event was just so special – it really felt at times like being in an 18th Century Salon with my own private band.”

“I’m a huge music fan and love live gigs whether large or small but what made this so very special was watching the connection between the players at first hand and the connection they in turn made with the audience.”

The next UpClose concert will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012 at 8pm at the Deaf Institute in Manchester and will feature Golijov’s incredible work for klezmer clarinet and string quartet ‘The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind’.

Read more about the Up Close project