This Autumn, RNCM is asking the question: what makes something original? Entitled ‘Sounds Original?’, this future-leaning season showcases innovators from across the world. With some incredibly exciting concerts to look forward to, we have compiled our top picks into this guide. Get ready for technological exploration, cross-disciplinary collaborations as well as performances which pinpoint groundbreaking moments in music. Here are our top picks from the RNCM Autumn Season.
Here are our picks
Combining music, art, architecture and technology in his most future-leaning project yet, Francesco Tristano takes us on a journey of discovery, using the wonderful music of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in order to build a digital cityscape.
Terry Riley and his son Gyan present a full-length programme of Terry’s music: intricate and often improvisational structures containing elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and North Indian raga, the combination of which have defined Terry’s diverse and prolific career.
PRiSM presents ‘The Music of the Primes’, a truly illuminating event from which you will gain an insight into the fascinating and often surprising links between music and maths. Don’t fear if it’s been a while since you’ve practiced your equations – you don’t need to be Pythagoras to take something interesting away from the evening!
Starring the inimitable Harold Lloyd, ‘Safety Last!’ features one of the most enduring images in all of cinema. With a live improvised piano score and an additional screening of Buster Keaton’s short ‘One Week’, this is going to be a real treat!
A wonderful concert featuring some of Richard Wagner and Sergei Prokofiev’s most original works. All before the concept of ‘originality’ is turned its head, with Ravel’s incredible arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, as well as a brand new response from RNCM composer Aaron Breeze.
Performing works by Bach, John Carpenter, and extracts from A Clockwork Orange, The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble will dazzle an RNCM audience with the possibilities of the analogue synthesiser.
Intimate, immersive and utterly thrilling, Manchester Collective’s concerts consistently bowl audiences over. At RNCM they will deconstruct Pierrot Lunaire and delve deeper into the inner world of the female protagonist. BBC 6’s Elizabeth Alker will be a calm voice of guidance before the madness ensues.
Sō Percussion are all about innovation and re-invention. Armed with plant pots and brand new instruments, they will perform a hypnotic array of works ranging from Steve Reich to Caroline Shaw to The National’s Bryce Dessner.
RNCM students leave the confines of their concert hall and head across the road to MMU’s new venue, the Union, to unleash brand new arrangements of Zappa’s genre-defying instrumental works.
Featuring some of Puccini’s most famous arias, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are beautifully linked by a common thread – a tragic opera about death, followed by a witty farce that explores the same theme.