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17 February 2022, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

Join us for this special New Music concert to celebrate 30 years of Psappha.

Tim Williams – percussion; Ben Powell – piano; Jennifer Langridge – cello; Conrad Marshall – flute 

Since their first performance three decades ago, the musicians of Psappha have become a vital presence in this country’s New Music scene. Tonight these outstanding musicians will perform The Axe Manual by Harrison Birtwistle – an extraordinary musical battle that pits the piano against an enormous range of percussion. That will be framed by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade’s beautiful Etudes for tuned plant pots (yes, you read that correctly) and a hypnotising ethereal new work by Joanna Ward for solo cello. Finally, we’ll get a rare chance to hear the Hungarian cimbalom brought into the unique sound world of Simon Holt, as part of a major new piece.


£12 (£5 students), booking recommended

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About Psappha

Psappha is the North West’s only stand-alone professional contemporary classical music ensemble. Founded in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, the group is dedicated to commissioning, performing and promoting new music – particularly by living composers and emerging musicians.

Throughout its 30-year career, Psappha has commissioned and premiered music by more than 500 composers and has performed across the UK and worldwide on five continents. In the process, it has worked with the likes of Aldeburgh Music, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3, Glyndebourne Festival, NMC, Opera North, Phoenix Dance Theatre, the Royal Northern College of Music, University of Manchester and the Royal Opera House in the UK; Guggenheim New York, the New York Philharmonic and Princeton University in the USA; and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Jerusalem Festival and Muziektheater Transparant worldwide.

Psappha supports composers at all stages of their careers, inviting them to work with its core musicians to create, develop and present new work. Through its pioneering ‘Composing For…’ scheme, which launched in 2014, the group has worked directly with more than 140 emerging composers on brand new compositions. All these works are premiered via high-quality films on the group’s extensive YouTube channel, which contains more than 230 free-to-view films of live performances and has received more than 120,000 views in the last 12 months alone. The group also launched its own record label in 1997, and its catalogue of recordings are set for re-release in 2021 through its new relationship with NMC Recordings.

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage was appointed as Psappha’s Patron in 2018 – succeeding Peter Maxwell-Davies, former Master of the Queen’s Music, who served as Patron for 20 years and was an enthusiastic supporter of the group’s work until his death in 2016. An Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, Psappha is based at Hallé St Michael’s, the former Italian Chapel in the central Manchester neighbourhood of Ancoats.


This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.


Please note that we will be following the latest recommended government and university guidance for Covid-19.

We are not able to provide socially distanced seating. We advise ticket holders to wear a face covering. We will keep a close eye on the latest guidance and will update ticket holders if there are changes. If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19 you will be offered a refund. We recommend you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending a concert.

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If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19, a full refund will be issued.