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The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD
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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Directed by: Yutaka Sado (cond)
  • Written by: Dvorak

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1922 as the 2ZY Orchestra before becoming absorbed into the BBC in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. It voted to take its present name in 1982, having become a nationwide ensemble. It has a strong reputation for performing contemporary works. The present chief conductor is Juanjo Mena.

Sat 8 Feb

Prices to be confirmed

Tchaikovsky, Gregson & Berlioz. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Edward Gregson: A Vision in a Dream for oboe and orchestra Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'

Cries and Whispers

Programme

Widmann String Quartet No. 2, "Choralequartett" Britten String Quartet No. 1 Gesualdo Selected Madrigals Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

Creative Team

★★★★★Manchester Collective* String Quartet

About The Show

Our string quartet concerts are some of the most personal shows that we build. There’s something about that particular lineup which feels terrifyingly intimate - like there’s a direct connection between each of the four players, and every listener in the room.

There is darkness in this programme. Widmann’s “Chorale” Quartet is inspired by the seven last works of Christ on the cross - his string music is augmented by unsettling sounds of rubbing and scratching that evoke skin and bone on wood. Britten’s music emerges from a mist: fragile, lost, and precious. We perform some intensely expressive and sacred music by Carlo Gesualdo, an Italian musical genius hundreds of years ahead of his time. Finally, we conclude with the huge emotional impact of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, a biographical scream written by a man desperate to create, haunted by fear and political oppression.

This music will move you if you let it - it will scare you and inspire you.

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective are changing the way people experience live music. Since their first set of “powerful, moving, appearances at the Southbank Centre in London to perform The Centre is Everywhere, a major new commission by Edmund Finnis; and a critically acclaimed tour of Pierrot Lunaire, a staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece featuring a newly commissioned English libretto by David Pountney, and presented by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.

New music has always been of vital importance to the Collective - in 2019/20 they premiere major new works by Paul Clark, Erland Cooper, and Alex Groves. The current season will also see the Collective mount their largest ever international tour - a revival of 2018’s critically acclaimed Sirocco, featuring South African cellist Abel Selaocoe.

Manchester Collective’s work has been featured by the BBC on an ongoing basis, most recently in the form of a one hour “supercut” of exceptional live performances from around the UK, broadcast on Radio 3. Other recordings have appeared on Classic FM, NTS Radio, Melodic Distraction, and on Tender Symmetry, released on the Erased Tapes label in 2018.

Thu 12 Mar

£20.67 (£10.32–£19.16)

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank

Frank Zappa's son and his band play their favourite tracks from Frank's extensive repertoire.

Tue 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed

Ecstatic Dances

Programme

To include

Clark New Work (World Premiere)

Creative Team

Paul Clark Composer Poul Høxbro Pipes and Drums Manchester Collective String Quintet

About The Show

Poul Høxbro has been called “the great man of small instruments”. He’s an endlessly fascinating and inspiring musician - a Danish master of ancient flutes and bells, of bones and drums. As soon as we met him, we knew we had to work with him.

While we were building the show, we had a moment when we realised that this combination of instruments has literally never been heard before. The set that we are presenting is all new - terrifyingly, ink-barely-dry new. Ancient music, brought vividly to life for 21st century ears.

Rounding out our artistic team for the project is composer Paul Clark, who will be writing new music for the show. Paul makes his Manchester Collective debut fresh off the back of a hugely successful collaboration with Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw at The Shed in New York. We’re thrilled to have him along for the ride.

Full disclosure - “Ecstatic Dances” feels scary for us. New work is always frightening, mostly because until you start making it, you never really know what you’re going to end up with. Fortunately, we’re not particularly fond of being comfortable. Come join us on tour. Let’s get risky.

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.

Manchester Collective

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 200,000 people across their first two 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”), and Seen and Heard International (“an astonishing evening”). 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 concert debuts at Kings Place in London, a PRSF supported tour of the Collective’s latest major commission, 100 DEMONS, (featuring electronic musician Vessel, cellist and Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates, and music by Daniel Elms), and a packed performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” in The Stoller Hall, broadcast live on Facebook to over 10,000 viewers.

Wed 15 Jan

£20.67 (£10.32–£19.16)

Enescu Octet

Programme

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major Panufnik Modlitwa Tenney Koan Tavener The Lamb Enescu String Octet in C Major, Op. 7

Creative Team

Manchester Collective String Octet

About The Show

Quite simply, we’ve put a bunch of our favourite music into this show. Rather than sticking to a single theme or composer, in this programme we get the chance to show off our musical range - to flex our muscles as we get close and personal with some of the greatest music ever written.

This show takes us from focused and intense works for just one instrument (Bach’s G Major Cello Suite), to the huge combined string sound of Enescu’s String Octet; from the shape-shifting Koan by James Tenney to the haunting Modlitwa, a musical prayer by father-daughter compositional team, Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik.

For the last time this season, we’ll be touring our trademark “radical human experience through live music” to concert halls, warehouses, clubs, and factories all over the UK.

In the words of Stephen Pritchard (Observer/Guardian/Bachtrack): “Catch it if you can - the future has arrived.”

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective are changing the way people experience live music. Since their first set of “powerful, moving, appearances at the Southbank Centre in London to perform The Centre is Everywhere, a major new commission by Edmund Finnis; and a critically acclaimed tour of Pierrot Lunaire, a staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece featuring a newly commissioned English libretto by David Pountney, and presented by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.

New music has always been of vital importance to the Collective - in 2019/20 they premiere major new works by Paul Clark, Erland Cooper, and Alex Groves. The current season will also see the Collective mount their largest ever international tour - a revival of 2018’s critically acclaimed Sirocco, featuring South African cellist Abel Selaocoe.

Manchester Collective’s work has been featured by the BBC on an ongoing basis, most recently in the form of a one hour “supercut” of exceptional live performances from around the UK, broadcast on Radio 3. Other recordings have appeared on Classic FM, NTS Radio, Melodic Distraction, and on Tender Symmetry, released on the Erased Tapes label in 2018.

Thu 25 Jun

£20.67 (£10.32–£19.16)

Foil, Arms and Hog

Foil, Arms and Hog

Surreal and energetic sketch comedy and stand-up from the Irish trio comprising Sean Finegan, Conor Mc Kenna and Sean Flanagan.

Wed 11 Mar

£20

Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival

100+ fantastic stalls, selling food, make up, clothing, pet treats and cheese. Informative talks, live music, yoga & children'a activities

Sat 6 Jun

Jimeoin: Result!

Jimeoin: Result!

Jimeoin presents his new show, fresh from a smash-hit New York off-Broadway season.

Thu 20 Feb

£8.25

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Fri 19 Jun

£29.50

Fri 9 Oct

£29.50

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much …

Josh Widdicombe

The comedian and TV presenter returns.

Wed 11 Dec

£20

Kate Rusby at Christmas

Kate Rusby at Christmas

The singer-songwriter performs seasonal songs and carols.

Fri 13 Dec

£29

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Thu 19 Mar

£27.50

Nightmares On Wax

Nightmares On Wax

Experimental hip hop, rap, soul and dance music artist.

Wed 1 Apr

£27.50

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert returns to comedy after a six year hiatus and discusses the unfortunate turns his life has taken since the last time he was on stage.

Thu 5 Mar

£27.50

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble's newest hour.

Sun 31 May

£26

Russell Watson

Russell Watson

The world-famous tenor, originally from Salford in Lancashire, who has won four Brit Classical Awards and is still the only artist to top the UK and US classical charts at the same time, performs songs from his True Stories album interspersed with a selection of greatest hits.

Sun 26 Apr

£35–£45

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

The explorer discusses his record-breaking experiences and expeditions.

Thu 16 Jan

£32.50

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

Tommy Tiernan - Paddy Crazy Horse

Much-loved comedian Tommy Tiernan does his thing on tour.

Fri 6 Mar

£21

The Voice of the Whale

Programme

Joyce High and Low Groves New Work (World Premiere) Takemitsu Between Tides Hamilton In Beautiful May Crumb Vox Balanae

Creative Team

Alex Groves Composer Manchester Collective Ensemble

About The Show

In 1969, George Crumb heard a tape recording of undersea sounds emitted by a humpback whale. The experience never left him, and eventually inspired one of his most enigmatic pieces of music: Vox Balanae, or, Voice of the Whale.

It’s a perfect Manchester Collective piece, performed under blue light by anonymous, masked musicians, on instruments that are amplified and modified. It’s music from another world, an undersea world that audiences will experience on stage, together with our players.

Alongside Vox Balanae, we perform newly commissioned music by Alex Groves, Molly Joyce’s exuberant High and Low for solo piano, electro-acoustic madness from Andrew Hamilton, and Toru Takemitsu’s magical piano trio, Between Tides.

In association with “Nature Unwrapped” at Kings Place.

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective are changing the way people experience live music. Since their first set of “powerful, moving, appearances at the Southbank Centre in London to perform The Centre is Everywhere, a major new commission by Edmund Finnis; and a critically acclaimed tour of Pierrot Lunaire, a staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece featuring a newly commissioned English libretto by David Pountney, and presented by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.

New music has always been of vital importance to the Collective - in 2019/20 they premiere major new works by Paul Clark, Erland Cooper, and Alex Groves. The current season will also see the Collective mount their largest ever international tour - a revival of 2018’s critically acclaimed Sirocco, featuring South African cellist Abel Selaocoe.

Manchester Collective’s work has been featured by the BBC on an ongoing basis, most recently in the form of a one hour “supercut” of exceptional live performances from around the UK, broadcast on Radio 3. Other recordings have appeared on Classic FM, NTS Radio, Melodic Distraction, and on Tender Symmetry, released on the Erased Tapes label in 2018.

Thu 23 Apr

£20.67 (£10.32–£19.62)

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