Martin Harris Centre For Music And Drama

Martin Harris Centre For Music And Drama
The University Of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, M13 9PL

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MUMS’ elite chamber choir returns to the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall to present 'Sacred and Profane'. This concert features a mixture of sacred and secular pieces and will include works by MacMillan and Britten. It will include religious settings, such as MacMillan’s Miserere, alongside music that colours secular poetry.

Fri 17 Mar

£10.50 (£6.50; Children £3) / 0161 275 8951

English Lute Songs from the Golden Age featuring internationally acclaimed soprano Dame Emma Kirkby

A programme drawn from the songbooks of John Dowland, John Danyel and their contemporaries, performed by three world-leading exponents of the repertory, Dame Emma Kirkby, John Bryan, and Jacob Heringman, together with students from the Department of Music. To book please visit or telephone the…

Ensemble Extravaganza

From duos to quartets this concert focuses on the diverse and exciting range of student ensembles within the music department. Come and see our performers tackle some of the most gripping repertoire, making for a thrilling concert! Price: FREE


Flare International Festival of New Theatre returns to the Martin Harris Centre as part of FLARE17. Following the success of FLARE15, we host Future Flares, showcasing new work from students and work-in-progress from more established companies.

Glenn Sharp and Chico Pere

Glenn Sharp and Chico Pere are the two founding members of ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’, based in the UK and Spain. They perform a combination of traditional flamenco palos (styles) and contemporary ‘rumbas’. There’s no need to book – the concerts are free and you can just turn up on the day.

Jeanette Winterson "In Conversation" with Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Sligo. His first book of stories, Night in Tunisia, won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979, and his subsequent critically acclaimed novels include The Past, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade, and most recently The Drowned Detective. The films he has written and directed have won multiple…

Literature Live: Beth Underdown and Kate Hamer

Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. Her debut novel, The Witchfinder's Sister, is based on the witch-hunts orchestrated by Matthew Hopkins in seventeenth century Essex, and is out in the UK and US with Penguin Random House in spring 2017. Beth joined the Centre for New Writing in 2016 as a Lecturer in Creative…

Manchester University Big Band (MUBB)

The Manchester University Big Band is an ensemble that plays an eclectic mix of modern jazz to a consistently high standard. They perform three times a year, including a vocal showcase in the summer. To book please visit or telephone the Martin Harris Centre box office.

Thu 30 Mar

Manchester University Wind Orchestra and String Orchestra (MUWO and MUSO)

MUWO and MUSO return to the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall to perform a range of works from Arensky’s Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky to Ellerby’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring soloist Katherine Blumer. Programme to include: Arensky Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky Sibelius Andante Festivo and Romance Chance…

MANTIS Festival

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) presents concerts of new electroacoustic music. Local and guest composers will present their work using the large-scale MANTIS sound diffusion system for an exciting and immersive listening experience. Special rates for Spring Festival (Please note: these special rates are only…

Sat 4 Mar

£8.50 (£5.50; Children £3) / 0161 275 8951

The Michael Kahan Kapelye

The latest generation of musicians in the Music department's student klezmer ensemble - The Michael Kahan Kapelye - perform their own arrangements of a diverse programme of pieces originating in the wedding music of Eastern European Jews. Price: FREE

MUMS Opera and more

This year, MUMS have decided to programme Holst’s one-act opera Savitri, along with other favourites and a new work. This concert is not to be missed! Programme to include: Bach Cantata BWV 71, ‘Gott ist mein König’ Britten Sinfonietta Holst Savitri

Sat 25 Feb

£10.50 (£6.50; Children £3) / 0161 275 8951

MUMS Symphony Orchestra

Programme to include: Britten Russian Funeral Holst Hammersmith Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges Tippett Little Music for Strings Britten Cello Symphony MUMS Symphony Orchestra return with a packed programme of 20th Century greats, including Holst, Tippett, and Britten’s Cello Symphony, featuring soloist James…

Sat 11 Mar

Musica International Women’s Day concert

On International Women’s Day Musica presents a concert of works by female composers, including the premières of newly composed student works, performed by Manchester music students. A celebration of all aspects of female music making; composing, performing and conducting. No need to book - just turn up.

New Sounds from Manchester

New Sounds from Manchester was set up this year, performing new music by emerging composers and artists drawn from The University of Manchester’s Music Department. Featuring Professor of Composition Philip Grange’s Preludes and Maze Dances, this exciting exploration of new music is not to be missed

Quatuor Danel

Though numbered third, Beethoven’s D major quartet was in fact the first he had composed. Its arch-shaped opening bars in turn form the basis for the tribute by Japanese composer Karen Tanaka, written in 1999 for the bicentenary of Beethoven’s Op. 18. Karen Tanaka ‘At the Grave of Beethoven’ (1999) Beethoven Quartet in…

Quatuor Danel Evening Concert with Sarah Leonard (soprano)

Quatuor Danel Evening Concert with Sarah Leonard (soprano) Three innovatory quartet masterpieces: Debussy’s 1893 Quartet brushes the cobwebs off this apparently most traditional of media; Schoenberg’s Second, with added soprano voice in the last two movements, boldly goes into the zero-gravity world of atonality; and…

Quatuor Danel with David Fanning (piano)

The first of Beethoven’s three mid-period quartets for the Russian ambassador in Vienna, with a Russian folk-theme ingeniously worked into the finale; and the mightiest of Russian piano quintets, emulating Beethoven and Brahms, with David Fanning in the daunting piano part. Beethoven Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1…

Quatuor Danel with Psappha

The Quatuor Danel teams up with the University’s ensemble-in-residence for Birtwistle’s contemporary classic - nine settings of the poetry of Paul Celan interwoven with nine movements for quartet – preceded by the quietest American music that helped Birtwistle discover his voice. Feldman The Viola in my Life, I, II…

Fri 10 Mar

SOLD OUT Romeo and Juliet: Star-Crossed Lovers

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ROMEO AND JULIET TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT. Thursday 20 April 2017 Performance 1-2pm Workshop 2.15pm-3pm

Storm in a Teacup: Tempestuous Music by Baroque Composers

A tempestuous programme of music depicting stormy weather, by Matthew Locke and Jean-Philippe Rameau, contrasted with Georg Philipp Telemann’s rather calmer ‘Water’ Overture – also known as the ‘Hamburger Ebb and Flow’ – all realized by the Music department’s period-instrument ensemble. Come and enjoy a lunchtime…

Trio Atem: Labyrinths and Mazes

For their 10th anniversary concert, Trio Atem return with a programme of new works by: Nina Whiteman- House of Mazes, Gavin Osborn - as curve beyond points to see, Rob Corrin - Hardy's Well, Elizabeth Ditmanson, and a miniature by Fabrice Fitch. Price: FREE

The University of Manchester Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and The Cosmo Singers

The University of Manchester Chorus presents Dvorák’s magnificent Mass in D major under the hand of their wonderful, new conductor Robert Guy. The Cosmo Singers present Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem. Conductors: Robert Guy, Tomos Gwyn.

The University of Manchester Community Festival

The University of Manchester invites you to come and experience a free Community Festival packed with fun family-friendly interactive activities. The University is throwing open its doors for local neighbours to discover the variety of things we do.

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