Manchester Collective is a new kind of arts organisation, built for the diverse musical landscape of the 21st century. Our mission is to create radical human experiences through live music, for everyone. Your generous support of Manchester Collective, a registered not for profit, is what makes our mission possible.
We have all built our lives around music, and passionately believe in the power of music to move us and to excite us. It doesn't matter to us if you're a seasoned concert-goer, or if it's your first time. We don't care if you don't know your Beethoven from your Brahms, or your Biber from your Bieber.
The only thing we ask of you at our concerts is that you listen. Really listen.
And in return, we will create something extraordinary.
Manchester Collective is redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts in the UK. Recently described by the Yorkshire Post as a "powerful, moving, & extraordinary" addition to the UK music scene, Manchester Collective produces world-class, innovative, and outward facing musical experiences for new audiences across Britain. Their thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention, have seen the Collective reach more than 300,000 people across their first three seasons.
In December 2017, Manchester Collective was appointed Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall, a new flagship concert hall for Manchester. In 2018, Manchester Collective has been featured by publications including The Strad Magazine (twice), Bachtrack (“intimate, immersive experiences without parallel”), Seen and Heard International (“an astonishing evening”), and Monocle Radio 24. Classic FM and the BBC have also featured the work of the Collective on an ongoing basis, and in March 2018, MC presented a groundbreaking two hour classical broadcast on NTS Radio.
Recent performing highlights include international concert debuts in Holland and Northern Ireland, appearances at the Southbank in London to perform a major new commission by composer Edmund Finnis, and a critically acclaimed tour of PIERROT LUNAIRE, a staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece featuring a brand new English libretto by David Pountney, and presented by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker. One performance of PIERROT was described by Twitter user and audience member @GingerLoveGod as: “The craziest, most mental, intense, dark and passionate piece of art I’ve ever witnessed. Maddest night sober I’ve ever spent.” We couldn’t agree more.