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Manchester Collective & Ruby Hughes

Sunday 21 February 2021 3pm Classical Music
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Running time: 1 hour, no interval

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This is a live stream from Lakeside Arts on Sunday 21 February, 3pm. This concert will be available to book and watch until Wednesday 3 March (inclusive).

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Lakeside Arts And Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Present
Live @Lakeside: Manchester Collective & Ruby Hughes, soprano

Live streamed from Lakeside Arts

Dowland Two Laments
Tavener Akhmatova Songs, selections
Ravel Kaddish
Shaw Valencia
Beethoven Cavatina from String Quartet in B flat, Op. 130
Debussy arr. Heggie Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Mahler ‘Urlicht’ from Symphony No.2

Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, the work of Manchester Collective has expanded at breakneck speed since their formation in 2016. They now play in concert halls, warehouses and factory spaces in 18 cities across Europe and the UK, performing a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces, and staged theatrical work to a hungry, new audience. Returning for their fourth visit to Lakeside, Manchester Collective is joined by soprano Ruby Hughes for a programme of sublime music delivered with the ensemble’s inimitable flair. Described as one of the finest lyrical sopranos of the early 21st century Ruby Hughes has been praised for the graceful purity and ravishing beauty of her voice and her sensitive artistry.

This programme of deeply moving music brings together compositions from the Renaissance to the present day. The anguished mourning of Dowland’s Laments and Ravel’s Kaddish segue to John Tavener’s stark musical settings of Anna Akhmatova’s poems depicting human suffering under the Stalinist terror. Debussy’s settings of Pierre Louÿs’ erotic Sapphic poetry finishes with a glacial representation of the Naïades (female spirits) icy tomb under a wintry sky. American composer Caroline Shaw is the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music awarded in 2017 at the age of 30. Her string quartet ‘Valencia’ was inspired by the architecture of the eponymous orange and the complexities that exist within a seemingly simple food. The concert ends with Urlicht (Primordial Light) from Mahler’s Symphony No.2 expressing the heartfelt desire for relief from ‘man’s direst need and pain’.

This performance has been made possible through a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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