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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
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..
Written by Lizzie Nunnery Directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Following a month long programme of community workshops with refugee women in Liverpool, Box of Tricks presents an informal work-in-progress sharing of scenes and songs from a new play by award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery exploring women’s experiences of conflict. This eve..
Weinberg loved the cello - it was clearly a vehicle with which he could express his innermost feelings and thoughts. Jonathan Aasgaard, a longstanding fan of his music, is delighted to present a selection of his music for solo cello. Price: FREE Weinberg 5 preludes op 100 Britten Suite no 1 op 72 Weinberg Sonata no 1 op 72
Touch and movement (encapsulated by Judith Weir’s apt title) characterise this programme of short late twentieth century classics, plus the UK première of Richard Whalley’s recent Kinderszenen. Judith Weir The Art of Touching the Keyboard John Adams China Gates Helmut Lachenmann Guero Toru Takemitsu Les Yeux Clos II Richard Wha..
Three works composed between 1922-34 reveal the varied nature of early twentieth-century chamber music, using imaginative forces to evoke new timbres and characters. Contrastingly, Gloria Coates treats that most familiar of ensembles, the string quartet, in a more contemporary idiom. FREE
Beethoven only rarely rearranged his works for different instrumental combinations. Acclaimed period-instrument chamber group, Ensemble DENOTE, explores his reimagining of the Septet, Op.20 as a Trio, Op.38. Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E flat, Op.38 Price: FREE
Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concerts: Citizen of Nowhere: Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919 - 1996) A Sung Life
This performance, from Jewish vocal music specialist Mark Glanville and the renowned Israeli pianist Marc Verter, journeys through the extraordinary vocal output of a major twentieth-century Jewish composer, in settings of important Yiddish, Russian and Polish poetry. Price: FREE
MUMS presents a highly engaging concert celebrating the vocal talent within the society. With a wide range of voices and styles, this promises to be an exciting varied Lunchtime Concert, comprising of works from Caroline Shaw and other fantastic composers. FREE
Vissarion Shebalin was four years Shostakovich’s senior and regarded initially as his Moscow counterpart while Shostakovich dominated the Leningrad scene. Shebalin’s Sonata is a wartime piece, as is Shostakovich’s militant Second Quartet, which was composed shortly after his return from evacuation and dedicated to Shebalin. Shebalin..