Manchester Collective: The Unfurrowed Field at RNCM

Johnny James, Managing Editor
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Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective: The Unfurrowed Field at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 9 March 2024 Tickets from £10.00 — Book now

Known for their experimental programming, daring collaborations and electrifying performances, Manchester Collective invite Mercury Prize-nominated pianist Fergus McCreadie to the stage for a concert that blurs the lines between jazz, new classical and Scottish folk music.

With an innate depth, flair, and natural expression that communicates beyond his years, Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie stepped into the international spotlight with his 2022 album Forest Floor, which topped the UK Jazz & Blues charts, prompted sold-out performances across the UK, and won praise from all corners of the music press.

It’s this album that opens the concert, as McCreadie and his spellbinding trio of jazz musicians join the Manchester Collective for a special performance of some of Forest Floor’s highlights. Expect joyful music that calls to mind Scotland’s sublime landscapes.

But McCreadie isn’t resting on his laurels – he’ll also treat us to a set of brand new music, hinting at where his celebrated career may be headed next, while the string quartet will perform two stunning works by contemporary composer Christian Mason – Muttos and Eki Attar.

But not before another Scotsman and Manchester Collective favourite enters the fray. Donald Grant, an RNCM staff member and violinist in the renowned Elias String Quartet, has arranged a collection of traditional folk tunes for this unlikely band of players. Perfectly complimenting McCreadie’s own style, expect music that goes straight to the heart, full of warmth and optimism.

Manchester Collective: The Unfurrowed Field at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 9 March 2024 Tickets from £10.00 Book now

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