UpClose is our eclectic and experimental series performed in unexpected venues around Manchester.

Due to the more intimate nature of UpClose, tickets are limited and advanced booking is highly recommended.

UpClose: The Next Generation – Carnival Of The Animals

Thursday October 4 2018 19:30, The Stoller Hall

Carnival of the AnimalsTonight we’re going to fire off as many of your synapses as possible. First comes Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, a piece studied by scientists to investigate how classical music increases brain activity, an extraordinary piece by Schumann and climaxing with Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals – one of the most musically descriptive and visual pieces you will ever hear. Prepare to feel alive. Produced in collaboration with The Keyboard Trust.

André Gallo Piano
Gala Chistiakova Piano
Manchester Camerata Principal Musicians


UpClose: Saxofolk

Wednesday November 21 2018 19:30, Manchester Cathedral

SaxofolkWe’re not just the gatekeepers of tradition – we use the past masters to inspire the way we interact with music in 2018. That’s why on this evening of folk tradition we’re featuring one of the best new musical talents in the UK – the captivating Jess Gillam (Classical Brit Award Winner 2018). In Manchester’s oldest venue we bring you a young talent that will change the way you listen to folk forever. Jess brings her love of all genres to bear here, a musical prodigy who loves Bowie as much as she loves Bartok.

Jess Gillam Saxophone
Caroline Pether Violin/Director
Manchester Camerata Principal Musicians


UpClose: Manchester Camerata With Prose

Saturday March 23 2019 20:00, Academy 2

Manchester Camerata With ProseThis night promises to be one of the most riotous shows of the year as we join forces once more with the trio from Manchester, local heroes Prose. Signed to Virgin Records, this three-piece have already made huge waves in the Manchester music scene because of their unique fusion of hip hop, acoustic guitars and beats (‘organic-acoustic-hip-hop’). As if that wasn’t enough they also decided to work with an orchestra – ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times). Last year, Band on the Wall could hardly contain the energy in the room when we collaborated onstage, and tonight sees us take this to one of the best venues in Manchester – Academy 2. Prose impressed GM Mayor Andy Burnham so much with their talent, on hearing the band’s tribute song to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in 2017 – he invited them to perform at his one-year-on event. Expect raw emotion, melodic heart-rending songs, and a lot of love in the room.

Andrew Smith Arranger
Manchester Camerata Principal Musicians