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Ballroom and Latin for Beginners

25 September - 20 November 2019

Back 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 with Mark”, who has more than thirty years dance..

MUMS Showcase

13:10 - 13:55 15 November 2019

Manchester University Music Society presents its showcase concert. Watch superb performances from students from across the music society as they deliver a wide range of music and styles, containing an eclectic variety of different sized ensembles and music from different regions, composers and periods.

Quatuor Danel Evening Concert

19:30 - 21:00 15 November 2019

Shostakovich Quartet No. 13, in B flat minor, Op. 138 From the Belyayev Salon Quartet movements by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Lyadov and others Shostakovich Quartet No. 15, in E flat minor, Op. 144 Two quartets from the disturbing depths of Shostakovich’s last period are contrasted with their polar opposites: seven quartet moveme..

UMDS: Autumn Season Show - The Wolf From The Door by Rory Mullarkey

19:00 - 20:15 15 November 2019

The University of Manchester Drama Society (UMDS) proudly presents their first performance of the Autumn Season 2019 with their fantastic annual autumn season show. THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR by RORY MULLARKEY The Wolf From the Door by Rory Mullarkey is a darkly comic, imaginative, nation-wide road trip across Middle England. Together, Lady Cat..

The Cosmo Singers and Ad Solem

19:00 - 21:00 16 November 2019

The University of Manchester Chamber Choirs, The Cosmo Singers and Ad Solem, join forces at their first concert of the year singing Herbert Howell’s heart-wrenching ‘Take Him Earth for Cherishing’, as well as works by Thomas Tallis, Eriks Esenvalds, and more! A unique event not to be missed. To book please visit

17th Annual Rylands Poetry Reading with Kei Miller, Sinéad Morrissey and Matthew Welton

18:00 - 19:15 21 November 2019

This year’s Rylands Reading inaugurates a year-long celebration of the 50th birthday of Manchester independent literary publishers, Carcanet Press. Our readers are three poets discovered by Carcanet, who have gone on to be significant presences in the world of contemporary poetry. Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. His first Carcanet..

Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano) and Adam Cigman-Mark (piano)

13:10 - 14:00 21 November 2019

The stunning soprano, Gweneth Ann Rand performs the UK première of rediscovered Lieder of Polish-German composer Paul Kletzki, previously destroyed by the Nazis. Joined by pianist, Allyson Devenish, this is performed alongside other late Romantic songs by the composers that influenced Kletzki – Mahler, Strauss and Szymanowski. The Thursday..

The University of Manchester Wind Orchestra (MUWO)

19:00 - 20:30 23 November 2019

This concert, featuring both traditional and contemporary repertoire, showcases the excellence and versatility of MUWO. Performing at this event will be George Blakesley on the clarinet as well as pieces by Manchester-based composers, including a world premiere by Reuben Rowlands. To book please visit or telephone..

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet

13:10 - 14:00 28 November 2019

Renowned for the exquisite sensitivity and boldness of their contemporary music performances, the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet visit from Amsterdam to play music exploring themes of landscape and activism by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone, including the world premiere of Malone’s, The Water Protectors. Richard Whalley – Iapetus Suture Richa..

Literature Live: Val McDermid & Denise Mina

19:00 - 20:15 30 November 2019

Queens of Crime, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, join us to discuss their brilliant new novels. In How the Dead Speak, Val brings Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan together again when the remains of a killer, who’s supposedly alive and in prison, are found on a construction site. In Conviction, Denise weaves the break-up of Anna McDonald’s..