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    Manchester Collective: Voice of the Whale

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    Sat 2 Oct, 9pm UTC
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £25
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    Manchester Collective: Voice of the Whale, strings
    Victor Frankowski

    In their first major touring project this year, the experimental collective starts their year-long residency with a strange and unsettling set of otherworldly music.

    In the dark and lonely depths of the Pacific Ocean, the whales are singing. Listen closely. Can you hear them?

    Molly Joyce’s ecstatic High and Low opens the programme – solo piano presented as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature.

    Curved Form (St Endellion) by Alex Groves, performed live for the first time, conjures up a meditative seascape for live electronics and strings.

    He submerges his listeners in cascading tides and layered textures, contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic In Beautiful May.

    In the end though, it’s back to the sea. Down, down, down.

    The night finishes with George Crumb’s enigmatic Vox Balaenae, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified.

    Music from another world.

    Performers
    • Manchester Collective
    Repertoire
    • Molly Joyce: High and Low for piano
    • Alex Groves: Curved Form (St Endellion) (World premiere)
    • Andrew Hamilton: In Beautiful May for violin & tape
    • George Crumb: Vox balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for electric flute, electric cello & amplified piano

    Need to know

    Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer at 9.15pm: pre-concert talk between Adam Szabo, chief executive of Manchester Collective and Toks Dada, Head of Classical Music at the Southbank Centre. Admission free.

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Oct, 9pm UTC
    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£25*
    • Concessions25%**


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    Purcell Room

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