heart-stopping quartets

  • THE EDGE OF FANTASY is a journey into darkness.
  • THE EDGE OF FANTASY is daydream, desire, lust, and danger.
  • THE EDGE OF FANTASY is music in its purest form.


TOUR DATES: Thu 25 Jan - Sat 27 Jan 2018
CITIES: Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool

the artists


the music

PURCELL Fantasia Upon One Note
BEETHOVEN “II. Molto Adagio” from Op. 59, No. 2
JANACEK String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
GORECKI String Quartet No. 2, “Quasi Una Fantasia”, Op. 16

about the show

  Our Liverpool venue - The Invisible Wind Factory Substation

Our Liverpool venue - The Invisible Wind Factory Substation

For us, there is always something special about playing string quartets. It’s something about the clarity and purity of the lineup - there are just four voices, and yet you can convey the whole range of human emotion. Unity, conflict, resolution, uncertainty - it’s all there.

THE EDGE OF FANTASY brings together four of Manchester’s best loved chamber musicians. These guys are fond of each other, they’re friends on and off the field, and you can tell. It makes a difference to the playing - there’s an ease that you can sense, even from the audience. That ease becomes doubly important when you’re dealing with music of this intensity.

The show is about different types of fantasies. Janacek’s “Kreutzer Sonata” is based on the novella by Tolstoy, which describes a musical flirtation that leads the protagonists down a very dark path. The Gorecki quartet that we perform winds its way into the depths of Eastern Europe, his signature “sacred minimalist” sound growing into something twisted and powerful. The work is titled “Quasi una Fantasia” - “Almost a Fantasy”.

We wanted to start the year with a show that felt like the very purest expression of what Manchester Collective can be: a visceral live experience for audiences and performers alike, through great music. It’s going to be a hell of a season.


concession tickets

Manchester Collective offers concession tickets to under 18s, full time students, senior citizens, and to the unemployed. Concession tickets are available for £5 for every show that we produce.

Please note that proof of eligibility for your concession ticket will be requested upon entry.

at the door

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Unfortunately, we are not able to process cash payments on the day - please bring a bank card with you to avoid disappointment!