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Manchester Collective

A Little Requiem

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Ferruccio Busoni Berceuse élégiaque (arr. Schoenberg)
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Alex Groves Curved Form (No 4)
Henryk Gorecki Kleines Requiem für eine Polka

Artists have always been obsessed by endings. Whether it’s nightfall, a broken heart, fire or frost – there’s a savage beauty to impermanence. In A Little Requiem, two composers explore the end of life, while a third voice rejoices in the vitality and innocence of Spring.

From the softly rocking lullaby of Busoni’s Berceuse to the tolling bell of Górecki’s Kleines Requiem, these evocative bookends conjure up vivid and haunting musical worlds. It’s soft and strangely calm… until it isn’t. The stillness of Górecki’s first movement soon explodes into the thrilling mania of his furious allegros. This is a music of total extremes.

Between these two meditations on mortality stands Copland’s evergreen Appalachian Spring – pure, beautiful, and almost childlike. Listening to it now feels like a return to a more innocent time.

This concert is kindly supported by Steve Pain

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!