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The Manchester Concerto (8 March) And Other Events

Anthony Burgess Foundation, RNCM, The Lowry and others team up plus other Foundation events

Published on February 15th 2012.


The Manchester Concerto (8 March) And Other Events

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will be hosting a range of musical and theatrical events throughout February and March.

Perhaps the most exciting, and a coup for the Foundation, is a performance of Burgess’ Manchester Overture.

As well as penning the cult classic, A Clockwork Orange, Burgess also composed hundreds of musical works and next month the Manchester Overture will receive its first gala performance in Salford where it will open a concert by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the RNCM New Music Ensemble.

The event will take place on Thursday 8 March, tickets are free but will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your ticket call the RNCM Box Office on 0161 907 5200.

Here’s a list of other events at the Foundation:

Concert: Distractfold Ensemble, Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm, £7/£5, on the door

Distractfold are an ensemble dedicated to instrumental and electroacoustic music. For this performance they present a programme of new contemporary classical music including a new piece written by Argentinian composer, Santiago Díez-Fischer

Grimmfest film screening: Samurai Splatter, Friday, February 17, 7:30pm, Tickets £6.50, on the door. 18+ 

Grimmfest presents a double bill of cult Japanese films. First up is Akira Kurosawa’s Shogun Assassin which is arguably the most popular samurai film in the West. This will be followed by Baby Cart To Hades, a classic example of Japanese exploitation cinema. The event is strictly 18+.

Performance: Seaming To, Thursday, February 23, 8pm, £7/£5, on the door 

Songs for My Grandmother is a work by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Seaming To. For the premiere of this project, Seaming will be joined by her mother, the classical pianist Enloc Wu, and together they will perform songs using vintage electronics, clarinet, an 18th century celeste and analogue synths. 

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Concert: Akoka Quartet, Thursday, March 1, 7.30pm, £5/£3, on the door

The Akoka Quartet present trios by Milhaud, Faure, and a performance of Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time in its entirety. This epic work was written by Messiaen in a prisoner of war camp in 1941, and first performed outdoors with broken instruments to an audience of fellow prisoners and guards.

Concert: Momus, Friday, March 2, 7:30pm, £7 on the door

Hey! Manchester presents Momus. Momus is the artist name of Nick Currie, a Scotsman currently living in Japan. For over twenty years he’s been releasing albums of weird and poignant songs and is one of underground music’s most controversial and influential provocateurs. He has lent his style to Pulp, Beck, the Divine Comedy, and others while remaining fiercely political and uncompromising in his artistic vision. 

Concert: Eunoia Quintet, Thursday, March 8, 8pm, £TBC

Part of a European tour of new music, this concert presents commissions from composers Matthias S. Krüger, Abril Padilla, Mauricio Pauly and an arrangement of Alban Berg's Fünf Altenberger Lieder by Stephen Menotti.

See www.anthonyburgess.org or contactevents@anthonyburgess.org for more information about any of the events.

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