Exhibition: Manchester Made Me
This new exhibition at Manchester Central Library charts Burgess’s early years in the city: from the Catholic schools he attended in Moss Side and Victoria Park; his undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester and regular visits to the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester Central Library and the Free Trade Hall. Featuring photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection and the archive at the Burgess Foundation, this exhibition reveals the landscape of Burgess’s Manchester from the 1920s to the 1940s presented alongside images of the city as it appears today. The exhibition is available to view in the Reading Room and Henry Watson Music Library during library opening hours until Monday 20th July.
Concert: After Party with Re:Sound
In October 1820, Franz Schubert and his closest friends gathered together in a Viennese drinking-house to celebrate art, freedom and love. Before the evening had ended they were arrested by the secret police – their fractured circle never to be complete again. Innovative music theatre company Re:Sound recreates this eventful evening in the familiar environment of the modern-day drinking house. Featuring a cast of four actor-musicians as Schubert and his close circle of friends, and with a new script by Katharine Armitage, the company welcomes the audience into Schubert’s world, away from the formality of the concert hall, to be thrown instead into a personal encounter of friendship, humour, revolution and loss. Tickets available here.
Discussion: THE IDEA OF DEATH – A talk on British crime & the written word with Mark Blacklock & Austin Collings
Two innovative writers come together to explore how death, shock, trauma, brutality and the most macabre figures in British crime history have informed their writing, in an event presented in partnership with Pariah Press and Granta.
Weaving audio and visual material – and Harland Miller’s paintings – Austin Collings and Mark Blacklock will discuss their own haunting, grisly and unforgettable work in the challenging context of the Yorkshire Ripper Hoaxer and other shocking crimes that have dominated the British headlines.
Austin Collings is the author of Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith and The Myth of Brilliant Summers. Painting vivid, personal pictures that live the reader, The Myth of Brilliant Summers is a series of interlinked stories/modern day parables about outsiders and dreamers following in the cult tradition of Junky and Post Office.
In his provocative novel I’m Jack, Mark Blacklock portrays the true and complex history of John Humble aka Wearside Jack, the Yorkshire Ripper Hoaxer – a timewaster and criminal, sympathetic and revolting – in a virtuoso assemblage of textual elements described by Iain Sinclair as ‘Spare. Swift. Smart. And dangerous.’
Concert: Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams’ Hypoxia is a brand new album of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. The project’s origins came in 2013 when Kathryn received a call from New Writing North asking if she would accept an open commission to write something about Plath for the Durham Book Festival’s celebration of her life and work, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Bell Jar’s publication. Struck by the book’s protagonist, Kathryn began what was to be a revelatory re-reading of The Bell Jar (which she hadn’t read since her teens): “What I wasn’t prepared for was the muscular writing. The shocking, brutal honesty. The modernness. Thinking about a woman writing this 50 years ago was astounding.” Finally, with 8 songs ready, Kathryn enlisted the help of friend and collaborator Ed Harcourt who produced and engineered the album, also co-writing a ninth song Cuckoo. To find out more visit kathrynwilliams.co.uk. Tickets available here
Concert: The House of Bedlam
The House of Bedlam is a new music group run by composer Larry Goves. In this concert, solo pieces of extreme virtuosity are juxtaposed with music concerned with location. Composers: Brian Ferneyhough, Aaron Cassidy, Paul Newland, Matthew Sergeant, Aaron Parker and Larry Goves. Performers: Carl Raven, Tom McKinney, Kathryn Williams and Larry Goves. More information: houseofbedlam.co.uk/news
Exhibition: Manchester Made Me
This new exhibition at Manchester Central Library charts Burgess’s early years in the city: from the Catholic schools he attended in Moss Side and Victoria Park; his undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester and regular visits to the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester Central Library and the Free Trade Hall. Featuring photographs from the Manchester Local Image Collection and the archive at the Burgess Foundation, this exhibition reveals the landscape of Burgess’s Manchester from the 1920s to the 1940s presented alongside images of the city as it appears today. Join us for the opening event at 6pm, Thursday 11 June, following which the exhibition will be available to view in the Reading Room and Henry Watson Music Library during library opening hours until Monday 20th July.
Tour: Manchester’s Literary Landmarks with New Manchester Walks
Join Ed Glinert for a grand tour of Manchester’s literary landmarks, taking in the Portico Library, the Burgess Foundation, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and more. Meet at Manchester City Art Gallery at 12pm. Tour finishes at approx. 4pm. Email [email protected] to book a place or check out newmanchesterwalks.com for more details.
Concert: Sounds of the Engine House
The Sounds of the Engine House Ensemble (joined by flautist Maria Chybowska and pianist Leanne Cody) will play new works by David Curington, Ben Gaunt, and Sounds of the Engine House Composition Award Winner 2014, Francesca Le Lohé. In addition, the concert will focus on the music of emerging composers from New Zealand (featuring pieces by members of Wellington’s SMP Ensemble). And, as an added bonus, _scape (Rod Skipp and Norm Skipp, originally from New Zealand) will be performing music for cello and live electronics. Tickets available on the door prior to the performance.
Film screening: Altered States
Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? In this thoughtful contemporary drama a molecular biologist’s study of the human eye has far reaching implications concerning scientific and spiritual truths. At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 18.00 where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley [email protected] or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.
Concert: ACM Ensemble – ‘Fleck’
Fleck is an experiment in new musical storytelling; a tour that crosses lines of genre, medium and practice in search of unexpected connections and new forms. Created collaboratively between Another Contemporary Music Ensemble and Joe Snape, a core of five musicians will tour venues in five cities across the UK: Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. Centred around a new large-scale work by Joe Snape for small ensemble, electronics and live touch-typist, each show also features new works by Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovackyte and commissions from local guest musicians, making every performance a unique and collaborative event. In Manchester ACM expands to perform a new work by Otto Willberg and the UK premiere of Alexander Schubert’s Hello for amplified ensemble, electronics and video. Visit acm-ensemble.co.uk for more information and book tickets here.