Original Voices Festival

Thu 14 March 2024, 8pm,
RNCM Concert Hall

This concert features new work from our Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellow, James Weatherly-Buss.

RNCM Original Voices Festival celebrates new perspectives on music that has filled the concert hall, in some cases, for centuries.

From staging, to presentation, and new arrangements RNCM are maximising the potential of live performance in the 21st century as we challenge traditions and spark new experiences.

Part of their Future is Green initiative, this year their festival is specially focussed on thinking how we can re-examine familiar music through the lens of the climate emergency and natural world.

Our players, directed by Caroline Pether, and RNCM students perform side-by-side in a uniquely curated and dramatised experience.  The ensemble will be joined by Chris Redmond of Hot Poets, an organisation who exist to forge a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between the spoken word poetry scene and key organisations working on the front lines of climate change action and innovation.

Using movement, improvisation, spoken word, and music, expect to be taken on a voyage that explores the discomfort that we sit in whilst the world around us changes to a more promising position, championing possibilities of change and hope.

Hot Poets is an ambitious, award-winning, internationally focused CIC, working to powerfully communicate climate change science and action through spoken word poetry. The real stories of ecological innovation and hope we don’t often hear. Hot Poets is funded by Arts Council England and works in partnership with organisations such as UNFCCC, UCL, Gaia Foundation, Manchester University, 3M, Met Office and LSE.

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  • J S Bach arr Vennart St Matthew Passion BWV 244 O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
  • Hildegard von Bingen Columba aspexit
  • Larry Goves Borneo Rivers
  • Bryce Dessner Aheym
  • Radiohead arr Vennart Everything in Its Right Place
  • James Weatherly-Buss New work
  • Caroline Shaw Punctum

Performed by

  • Director Caroline Pether
  • Poet  Chris Redmond
  • Manchester Camerata
  • RNCM Students
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