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After Hours: ArkEnsemble

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Comprising some of the RNCM’s finest young wind and percussion players, this convention-defying ensemble performs an eye-opening programme in response to the Hallé’s main concert. Established in 2016 by its director, Rob Buckland, ArkEnsemble is a unique, creative and energetic collective. Its evolving repertoire is drawn from all genres of the musical world, mixing composers from classical, contemporary, jazz, folk and pop in a fresh, modern way.

The ArkEnsemble is so-called because it utilises two of each main wind instrument, plus bass and percussion. This After Hours concert will bring a new and exciting perspective to wind music, with a tip of the hat to the music heard in the Hallé concert earlier this evening. Be prepared for some unconventional sounds and sights, but above all, expect the unexpected!

To tie in with the earlier concert by the Hallé, the ArkEnsemble’s programme will use specially arranged snapshots of Rossini’s iconic William Tell overture to link diverse music such as Mozart’s finale from the Grand Partita, Moondog’s Shakespeare’s City, Martland’s Remix, Piazzolla’s Tango Apasionado, and Nyman’s Drowning by Numbers and meld these seemingly disparate musical influences into a dynamic musical and visual feast.

Start time may vary depending on the finishing time of the earlier concert.

FREE for Hallé (May) concert ticket holders.


Fees £2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction. Bookings that total under £12 will not incur fees.

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