Manchester Camerata 2017/18 Season

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

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

  • 1. The Manchester Festive Happening: A Gospel Christmas at Albert Hall

    Image courtesy of Manchester Camerata

    The Manchester Festive Happening: A Gospel Christmas at Albert Hall, City Centre, 10 December 2017, from £22.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 2. Who Runs The World… at RNCM

    Jessica Cottis by Kaupo Kikkas

    Who Runs The World... at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 5 March 2018, from £22.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 3. Vivaldi Rocks at The Stoller Hall

    Bram van Sambeek by Andrew Rankin

    Vivaldi Rocks at The Stoller Hall, 31 May 2018, from £22.00 - Book now

    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.

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