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Ballroom and Latin for Beginners

26 September - 21 November 2018

Due to popular demand, this Autumn the Martin Harris Centre is going back to basics again! Join us for ‘Ballroom and Latin for Beginners’ in a relaxed and friendly environment. The 50 minute sessions will be delivered by Mark Rowbottom, the owner and principal of “Steppin’ Out Dance Centre”, who has more than thirty years dance e..

Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concerts: Oriental Breeze

13:10 - 14:00 27 September 2018

Manchester-based Chinese music ensemble, Oriental Breeze, consists of members from the local Chinese community and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Enjoy the charm of traditional Chinese music with many of the most popular Chinese pieces, such as Jasmine, Beijing melody and many more classics. Price: FREE


19:00 - 20:30 28 September 2018

Written by Andy Smith Co-directed by Andy Smith and Claire Lamont Produced by Fuel "We need to use our imagination. We need to imagine that change might be possible. That change is possible, however hard or impossible it might seem.” In a blend of languages, including fully integrated BSL, three performers tell a story from three persp..

Manchester University Music Society: Welcome Concert

17:00 - 19:00 30 September 2018

Join us for the first Music Society concert of the academic year, featuring three contrasting French works. We introduce our newest music students in Poulenc’s eclectic Gloria, followed by Louise Farrenc’s (1834) overture, transitioning classical and romantic idioms. Ravel's colourful and beautifully orchestrated Mothergoose suite contrast..

Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concerts: Quatuor Danel with Michelle Assay (piano)

13:10 - 14:00 04 October 2018

In the last years of Stalin’s regime, composers in Russia and the eastern bloc were exhorted to compose music ‘for the people’. In Poland Lutoslawski responded with a folklike series of piano pieces, which he later arranged for viola and cello, while in Russia the ailing Myaskovsky, once dubbed ‘the conscience of Soviet music’ compos..

Quatuor Danel Evening Concert with Richard Whalley (piano)

19:30 - 21:00 05 October 2018

The Danels begin their late-Schubert survey with the bitter-sweet ‘Rosamunde’ named after its slow movement’s variations on incidental music to a play of that name. The Second Piano Quintet by Poland’s Gra?yna Bacewicz blends with neoclassicism with modernist adventure, and the concert opens with the genial Serenade by Romanus Hoffstet..

Schools’ Poetry Performance with: JOHN HEGLEY

11:00 - 12:00 05 October 2018

Acclaimed poet John Hegley will be performing to pupils from local primary schools to celebrate National Poetry Day 2018. National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical. This year’s theme will be Change. Join us for a celebration of modern word wildness. How do you draw a poem? How do you poem an elep..

Beth Underdown: Love makes as many

17:30 - 19:00 06 October 2018

1918, and some women in England have gained the right to vote. A few short weeks before the armistice, the shortage of cotton has brought a strange hush to Quarry Bank mill and the women who make their lives here. In the silence, their voices are suddenly loud: loud enough to be heard, even now, one hundred years on… Working with the Nation..

Literature Live: Maura Dooley and Finuala Dowling

19:30 - 21:00 08 October 2018

Join us for an evening of witty, compassionate and thought-provoking poetry. South African poet Finuala Dowling, well regarded as an inventive sketcher of the domestic sublime, performs work from her new Bloodaxe collection Pretend You Don’t Know Me, a compilation of the best of her four previous prize-winning collections alongside new wor..

A Celebration of Muriel Spark: with Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor and Louise Welsh

19:30 - 20:45 09 October 2018

Muriel Spark chronicled human interaction with a scalpel and razor-sharp insight. Her writing examines the aspects of our lives we try to hide, the affect stories have on the way we live and the impact of religion, following her own conversion to Catholicism. To celebrate the centenary of Muriel’s birth, three writers discuss what made her..