10-11 February, 2017


BIBER Battalia à 10
CAGE String Quartet in Four Parts
PURCELL Incidental Music from The Fairy-Queen
TAVERNER Quemadmodum
SCHOENBERG Transfigured Night


Rakhi Singh Violin
Simmy Singh Violin
Kay Stephen Viola
Ali Vennart Viola
Adam Szabo Cello
Will Hewer Cello
Harvey Davies Harpsichord

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Don't miss out on the thrilling opening programme of Manchester Collective's 2017 season.

Starting with Biber's riotous 16th century depiction of drunks singing folk songs in a pub, Music Director Rakhi Singh leads the Collective through a tour-de-force programme spanning 400 years of western composition. Following the Biber, John Cage's String Quartet in Four Parts, a baroque-inspired spiritual odyssey through the seasons, is thoughtfully paired with extracts from The Fairy-Queen by Henry Purcell.

In the second half, the Collective perform Arnold Schoenberg's seminal string sextet, Transfigured Night. Based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, this searing work explores themes of love, passion, and betrayal.