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Manchester Collective: This Savage Parade

Part of Festival of Voice

This event has passed.
Our lives as we know them hang by a thread.

Barbara Strozzi Che si può fare
Edmund Finnis New work- World Premiere
Olli Mustonen Nonet No 2
Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations


In a world that is often shocking and counterintuitive, sometimes all we can do is turn to art for answers. If we’re lucky, we might just find them. As Rimbaud writes in the very first line of Britten’s sparkling song-cycle Les Illuminations: “I alone have the key to this savage parade”. But perceptions can be deceiving.

This show is lighter than air – a set of ethereal music for voice and string orchestra that will transport listeners to a world of incredible fragility and exquisite beauty. Joined by soprano Ruby Hughes, Manchester Collective play an eclectic programme including the aforementioned work of Britten’s as well as a new work by composer Edmund Finnis, in which he sets six poems by the British poet Alice Oswald to music – poems about light, nature and time.

Alongside these twin song cycles, the Collective will bring to life Olli Mustonen’s exuberant Nonet No 2. This is music full of life, bounce, and vigour – soaring melodies and earthy harmonies. In a volatile world, sometimes you just need a good tune to hang on to.

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!