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(50 mins approx, with no interval)

Manchester Collective

Voice of the Whale

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In their debut performance in Bristol we’re delighted to launch an exciting new relationship with the groundbreaking Manchester Collective, playing a moving and powerful programme of otherworldly music.

Known for their brilliant programming and daring collaborations the Collective combine cutting edge contemporary music with classical masterpieces and staged work. They are ‘genuinely one of the most exciting performing groups right now,’ (BBC Radio 3) who make their BBC Proms debut in 2021 with Mahan Esfahani (a programme they’ll be bringing to St George’s in November). For this concert, they take us to the dark and lonely depths of the Pacific Ocean, where the whales are singing. Listen closely…can you hear them?

Part of Nature Reconnect – a series of concerts which aims to provide opportunities, through music and spoken word, to rediscover and reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

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Molly Joyce’s ecstatic High and Low is solo piano as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature. Alex Groves’ Curved Form (St Endellion), inspired by the colours of the Cornish coast, conjures up a meditative seascape of layered textures and cascading tides – contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic In Beautiful May. But it is back to the sea for the final piece, George Crumb’s enigmatic Vox Balaenae, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified – deeply stirring music from another world.

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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!