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

‘The Burnley Buggers' Ball’ & ‘Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator’ (LGBT History events)

The Burnley Buggers’ Ball written by Stephen M Hornby directed by Matt Hassall Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator written by Abi Hynes directed by Helen Parry

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.

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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…

Jeanette Winterson “In Conversation” with Val McDermid

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Val has created many notable characters such as journalist, Lindsay Gordon; the private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and psychologist, Tony Hill. Her books include three…

Lines from a Wanderer: Song Recital with Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone) and James Baillieu (Piano)

Baritone and Manchester alumnus Marcus Farnsworth performs a recital of new songs with acclaimed pianist and long time duo partner, James Baillieu. The recital features cycles by composers Matthew Martin and John Casken written especially for the duo. Mark Anthony Turnage Three Songs Matthew Martin Sonnets of Petrach…

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…

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Literature Live: Vona Groarke and Katherine Angel

Vona Groarke has published seven collections of poetry, most recently, Selected Poems (Gallery Press, 2016). Current editor of Poetry Ireland Review and a selector for the Poetry Book Society, she is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Manchester. The event is a launch of Four Sides Full, a…

Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs)

The MIFTA season is an exciting season of productions by members of The University of Manchester Drama Society. In venues across Manchester including the John Thaw Studio Theatre, students showcase their creative work. The opening production of the MIFTAs Drama Festival will be: was it good for you? written by Rosie…

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

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MUMS Brass Band and An Evening of Grange

Join the Manchester University Brass Band and other ensembles for an exciting evening of music, featuring selected works by Philip Grange, Professor of Composition at The University of Manchester and the debut of the Brass Band’s new UniBrass programme. Programme to include: Philip Grange The Kingdom of Bones Philip…

MUMS Chamber Orchestra

MUMS Chamber Orchestra returns with a delightful programme of wonderful music. From Baroque suites to a 21st Century new work, this concert has a wonderful range of music in store! Programme to include: Rameau Les Boréades (Suite) Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune Haydn Symphony No. 86

Sat 18 Feb

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. Come and enjoy a lunchtime concert performed by…

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Piano Recital by Nicolas Hodges

Nicolas Hodges is an English pianist and composer, specialising in avant-garde music. An active repertoire, that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky complements pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. “Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the…

Quatuor Danel

Weinberg’s only String Trio, a heartfelt yet elusive piece from the time when he was tailed by the Soviet secret police, followed by the second of Tchaikovsky’s three quartets, the alternately boisterous and confessional F major. Weinberg String Trio in A minor, Op. 48 Tchaikovsky Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 22

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 Pascal Moraguès (clarinet)

Principal clarinettist of the Orchestre de Paris and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Pascal Moraguès joins the Quatuor Danel for Brahms’s gloriously lyrical masterpiece and the mighty Four Studies towards a Clarinet Quintet by the prolific German contemporary composer Wolfgang Rihm. Brahms Quintet for Clarinet…

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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

Romeo and Juliet: Star-Crossed Lovers

See Shakespeare differently with 1623 Theatre Company as they map the journey of literature’s most famous lovers, in this hour-long adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Singing Showcase

After the success of last year’s concert, the Singing Showcase makes a return! Come and see the University’s finest singers perform a range of styles, from passionate outbursts to tranquil tunes. There will be something for everybody! Come and enjoy a lunchtime concert performed by the Manchester University Music…

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.

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