Manchester Camerata is excited to announce its first two shows for 2021. This is the orchestra’s long-awaited return to public appearances after the lockdown restrictions were lifted.

These musically diverse and exciting concerts will be staged in his new home at The Monastery in Gorton, where Manchester Camerata not only creates a visually stunning space for live performances, but also turns it into an international innovation center for music and health.

Resonance begins on Thursday June 10th with the orchestra’s return to live concerts: a breathtaking and ethereal night of classical music performed in the perfect and atmospheric setting of the monastery. This show will feature five pieces of varying lengths, sizes, and styles, each specially selected to interact with the epic natural acoustics of the monastery’s Great Nave.

The evening begins with Gesualdo’s breathtakingly breathtaking and peaceful O crux benedicta (written 1603) and continues with the more contemporary 2015 piece Pulse by Steve Reich, followed by a 20-minute rendition of Gavin Bryar’s bittersweet Jesus blood that never failed me is – a tribute to the religious past of the monastery. The last two pieces to complete the evening line-up are Entr’acte by modern composer Caroline Shaw – a piece whose title literally means “between the acts” and Oliver Leith’s Honey Siren.

In a clear contrast and underlining the versatility and diversity of the orchestra, the disco cellist meets classic minimalists at the second Camerata show of the year. On Saturday June 12, the orchestra pays homage to three New York legends who perform the solemn and uplifting music of Arthur Russell, Philip Glass and Julius Eastman. The concert will be accompanied by live images depicting the vitality of New York City.

Arthur Russell, cellist, singer, composer and producer of a new genre of music, was someone who fluently combined the different sounds of country and classical, disco and experimental composition.

Russell spent his 20s and 30s mingling with the Lower Manhattan avant-garde, and this gritty New York scene greatly influenced his phenomenal work, most of which went undetected until after his untimely death from AIDS in 1992 . The 2008 documentary Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell rightly repositioned Russell as a cult figure, outsider genius, and creator of some of America’s finest songs.

Russell worked with classical composer and pianist (and New Yorker) Phillip Glass in 1983. Known as a minimalist composer and for his work with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Glass has also worked with some of the biggest names in music. Mick Jagger, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Julius Eastman was an American composer, pianist, singer, and dancer. He and Russell formed a close relationship in the 1970s and early 1980s, which resulted in Eastman conducting almost all of Russell’s orchestral recordings (compiled as First Thought Best Thought).

Whether you’re opening the Glastonbury Festival in front of 40,000 people or working closely in nursing homes with people with dementia, Manchester Camerata believes in the transformative and connecting nature of music and the effects it has on health and wellbeing. Central to this belief is the new move of the orchestra to the monastery in Gorton, where it has its permanent residence.

Like many places in the UK, Gorton suffers from deep inequalities – for young people, families (48% family poverty) and the community. As Kate Pickett, chair of the recently released Greater Manchester Independent Inequality Commission said, the events of last year have shown us how deep the inequalities we need to overcome, but they have also revealed the strengths of our communities, ours more collective Ghost ‘. Because of this, Manchester Camerata is joining the community in Gorton to listen and respond to the needs of the community first, to work together, to strengthen their diverse collective spirit and to become one of their many strengths.

Tickets for Resonance on Thursday June 10th and The Music Of: Arthur Russell, Philip Glass and Julius Eastman on Saturday June 12th at The Monastery, Gorton are available now.

Tickets for both shows are available to Gorton residents at the discounted price of £ 3 per ticket per show.

Buy tickets here.


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