New Music North West 2017

Chris Horkan

New Music North West 2017 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 13 — 18 November 2017 Entrance is free — Visit now

Over six days in November, New Music North West takes open-minded audiences on a whirlwind tour of 20-plus concerts featuring 20-plus premieres around Manchester and Salford. Since 2013, this festival has celebrated the wealth of creative talent in the North West.

Highlights in 2017 include Mark-Anthony Turnage’s residency, plus a collaborative concert between the BBC Philharmonic and new music ensemble Psappha at The Studios in MediaCityUK. The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet performs two world premieres, meanwhile, in Manchester University’s Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall – while the Vonnegut Collective and Animikii Theatre experiment for their new collaboration, The Jungle Book Project, in the RNCM’s Carole Nash Recital Room.

With Chetham’s School of Music, St Michael’s in Ancoats, the Great Northern Tower and the Digital Performance Lab at University of Salford also hosting events and performances, New Music North West continues to live up to its reputation as the largest, most exciting festival of new British music.

Many of the programme’s events are free.

New Music North West 2017 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 13 — 18 November 2017 Entrance is free Visit now

RNCM Autumn Season

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Where to go near New Music North West 2017

San Carlo Fumo

San Carlo Fumo may be part of a chain, but it doesn’t feel like it. Right at the top of Oxford Road, it’s lavishly decorated and specialises in cicchetti, or Italian small plates.

Utility Gift Shop
Utility Gift Shop

Utility Gift Shop on Oxford Road is all about products that are new, unique, quirky and cool. High street shopping at its best.

exterior of Contact Theatre building
Contact Theatre

Following a major redevelopment, the iconic venue on Oxford Road will be reopening its doors to welcome the public back into the building this autumn. 

The Salutation pub in Manchester
Bar or Pub
The Salutation

This traditional boozer, surrounded by imposing flats and university buildings, was taken over by Trof (of the Deaf Institute fame). The Sally, as the regulars call it, hosts an energetic, arty crowd – and its recently expanded outside area is another good reason to visit.

MMU Student Union

Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union building houses a bar and various other facilities for students and staff.

Music venue
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

Manchester Museum Tours at Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum isn’t one of the UK’s leading university museums for nothing – it has six million objects in its stores, including a full size T-Rex skeleton, and that’s just for starters.

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