Abel Selaocoe courtesy of RNCM

RNCM Autumn Season

Johnny James, Music Editor

Focussing on ‘Migration’, the RNCM Autumn Season celebrates the stories and creative output of people who have, through choice or necessity, left their homes behind. Spanning over 30 concerts, talks, screenings, operas, festivals and more, there’s a whole lot to look forward to.

Among our top five picks from the season, we write about Manchester Collective’s much-lauded concert Sirocco, which celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe.

We also explore Hitchcock’s Blackmail, an innovative film in more ways than one. At the RNCM it will be screened alongside a live improvised organ score by Darius Battiwalla.

Next up is New Music Manchester, an exciting four-day festival which features an array of migration-themed talks and performances from some of the city’s finest artists, ensembles and orchestras.

Hopping across the pond, we turn to Credo in USA, a concert by renowned percussionist Joby Burgess. This will entail a non-stop soundtrack of 20th century classics, arrangements and new works from the East and West Coasts of the US.

And finally, the jewel in the crown of the RNCM Autumn Season: Poulenc’s dazzling opera, Dialogues des Carmélites. Directed here by Orpha Phelan, it calls for a large orchestra, full chorus, semi-chorus and a plethora of soloists – perfect for showcasing the RNCM’s collective powers.

Read more about each of these exciting events below, in our top five picks from the season.