Manchester Collective – The Holy Presence at Hallé St Peter’s


Sunday 15th August 2021

Hallé St Peter's, Manchester

£11.37 – £22.15


Human stories, told through music.

After months of lockdowns, cancelled tours and broken dreams, it’s finally here. The Holy Presence is happening, and Manchester Collective are making their debut at the BBC Proms. (Yes, we know. We can’t believe it either.)

However, before we head down to London, we’re thrilled to be playing a home game – our first live show in Manchester since March 2020, and our first performance at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats. It’s going to be a big, messy, exciting gig: a celebration of life, music, and some truly extraordinary composers.

Mahan Esfahani has made a career exploding stereotypes around the harpsichord. In this programme, he joins us to present a pair of subversive concertos by Joseph Horovitz and Henryk Górecki – the former a witty confection of jazz colours and textures, the latter an intense and devastating musical prank.

Between these contrasting musical bookends we’ll be presenting one of our best-loved works – Edmund Finnis’ swirling, roiling ‘The Centre is Everywhere’ – alongside a truly astonishing piece by the American composer Julius Eastman. His ‘Joan d’Arc’ is violent, thrilling and intense, and we’ll be giving the world premiere of this piece in an arrangement for string orchestra, especially commissioned for these performances.

Last, but most definitely not least, our very own Ruth Gibson will take the stage to present Dobrinka Tabakova’s ‘Suite in Old Style’, backed by string orchestra, harpsichord, and potentially a bass drum if we can organise the hire in time. Dobrinka’s music is full of humour and energy – the perfect vehicle for Ruth and her extraordinary playing.

Please do join us if you can make it. We’ve missed you. So. Much.

Ticket Information >>

This event is managed by Manchester Collective. For more information, please visit their website.

Seating will be unreserved.

Hallé St Peter’s

Performances at Hallé St Peter’s run in conjunction with Government guidelines for indoor events and are subject to our COVID Secure Risk assessment.

The Hallé Venues team have put a comprehensive set of systems in place to make the experience an enjoyable and Covid-secure one for all our guests.

If you’re feeling unwell, are presenting with Covid symptoms, or are self-isolating, please do not attend.

Contact the promoter or ticket agency to cancel or amend your booking (see their Booking and Tickets terms and conditions for information on refunds).

In keeping with government expectations for performance venues, whilst on site, guests are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings for the duration of their visit, including during the performance and while passing through the common areas of the building. Face coverings are not required if you are exempt for medical reasons and may be removed to consume food and drinks purchased in the venue. Visitors are allowed to bring a small bottle of water with them to the venue but no other food or drink may be brought in and consumed on site.

If any guests present with Covid-19 symptoms whilst on site, they will be required to leave immediately (and receive a ticket refund).

Hand sanitiser will be available for use on site, and a frequent and thorough hygiene and cleaning system is in place.

If you have any concerns or questions at any time during the experience, please speak to a member of staff, who will be nearby and available at all times.