Manchester International Festival: The Patience of Trees

Fri 16 July 2021, 7:30pm

Dobrinka Tabakova, Hugo Ticciati, Manchester Camerata

A new work by composer Dobrinka Tabakova is at the heart of an intimate concert inspired by the healing potential and power of the natural world.

A whisper of melody, played by a lone violin, gradually grows and shapes into the stirring sweep of a full string section – echoing, perhaps, the resolute journey of a seed from the Earth towards the Heavens. This is The Patience of Trees, a new concerto for violin, strings and percussion by acclaimed composer Dobrinka Tabakova, and it forms the centrepiece of this immersive concert.

Devised by violinist Hugo Ticciati and performed with Manchester Camerata, the programme also features Tabakova’s reflective Frozen River Flows, Steve Reich’s pulsing New York Counterpoint – and brand-new commissions selected by the O/Modernt composition award (Vulpes Vulpes by British composer Paul Saggers, and Todo Era Vuelo en Nuestra Tierra by Julieta Szewach). Together, the works combine into a timely meditation on nature and the city – and our emergence from a locked-down world.


  • Dobrinka Tabakova – The Patience of Trees
  • Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint
  • Paul Saggers – Vulpes Vulpes
  • Julieta Szewach – Todo Era Vuelo en Nuestra Tierra
  • Dobrinka Tabakova – Frozen River Flows


  • Amanda Stoodley Design
  • Andy Purves Lighting Design
  • Image credit: Jose Pesquero

This performance is part of the Manchester International Festival.

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