Featuring Snoop Dogg’s producer, a live video artist, plus a gospel choir and re-interpretations of Muse and Metallica, the 2017/18 season by ‘probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ is as diverse and inspiring as ever.
Manchester Camerata’s UpClose, a series of eclectic and experimental pop-up events in unexpected venues around the city, continues apace: in September, HOME hosts Pocket Symphonies by Sven Helbig, the aforementioned producer, while Manchester guitarist Aziz Ibrahim’s path to self-identity and cultural acceptance takes centre stage at the same venue in October, and a programme of spiritualism and minimalism fills Manchester Cathedral later the same month.
December’s Manchester Festive Happening takes a gospel twist this year – with AMC Gospel Choir joining the Camerata at Albert Hall for a selection of both traditional carols and gospel hymns, plus plenty of mulled wine and minced pies.
Women in music are celebrated at Who Runs The World…, a concert at the RNCM next March that takes inspiration from talent as diverse as Björk and Joni Mitchell, while the season draws to a raucous conclusion next May with Vivaldi Rocks, which juxtaposes the Baroque composer’s works alongside those by Muse, Metallica and more.
Here are our picks
Longsight-born guitarist Aziz Ibrahim has worked with the likes of The Stone Roses, Simply Red and Paul Weller – but his own album, Lahore to Longsight, is the focus of this concert, which charts the journey of Aziz’s father from a divided India to Pakistan to Manchester, recording Aziz’s own path to self-identity and cultural acceptance in the process.
The atmospheric Manchester Cathedral provides the perfect setting for this concert, themed around spiritualism and minimalism. Hugo Ticciati, a violinist who takes a holistic approach to music, and visual theatre company Clod Ensemble will tackle works by Arvo Pärt, Vasks and Haydn.
Manchester Camerata’s Manchester Festive Happening takes a gospel turn this year, with the AMC Gospel Choir joining the orchestra at the Albert Hall. Expect carols and hymns both traditional and with a gospel turn for a festive concert that should warm hearts.
Celebrating the roles of inspirational women in music, Who Runs The World… includes the premiere of a new work by the Camerata former Composer-in-Residence, Laura Bowler. The concert features soloist Tine Thing Helseth and conductor Jessica Cottis.
Hugo Ticciati combines Vivaldi Concertos with arrangements of music by Muse, Metallica and Dream Theatre – demonstrating that the Baroque composer’s work was just as raucous during his lifetime as anything today’s rock stars can offer.