Manchester Collective – Voice of the Whale


Saturday 25th September 2021

Hallé St Peter's, Manchester

£10 – £20

Molly Joyce - High and Low (10")
Alex Groves - Curved Form (St Endellion) – World Premiere (10")
Andrew Hamilton - In Beautiful May (10")
George Crumb - Vox Balaenae (20")


Alex Jakeman, Flute
Siwan Rhys, Piano
Donald Grant, Violin
Marie Bitlloch, Cello
Joe Reiser, Live sound / live electronics

In the dark and lonely depths of the Pacific Ocean, the whales are singing. Listen closely. Can you hear them?

In their first major touring project of the year, Manchester Collective bring together a strange and unsettling set of otherworldly music.

Molly Joyce’s ecstatic ‘High and Low’ opens the programme – solo piano presented as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature. ‘Curved Form (St Endellion)’ by Alex Groves, performed live for the first time, conjures up a meditative seascape for live electronics and strings. Listeners are submerged in cascading tides and layered textures, contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic ‘In Beautiful May’.

In the end though, it’s back to the sea. Down, down, down. The night finishes with George Crumb’s enigmatic ‘Vox Balaenae’, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified. Music from another world.

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.

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