Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Following their performance of Abrahamsen's Schnee in June, ACM Ensemble invites you to a further exploration of the subtle and delicate sounds of Danish contemporary music. Along with commissions from two emerging British composers, the program represents Danes from three generations, concluding with a performance of Steen-Andersen's strikingly original masterpiece Amid. Programme also includess music by Sorensen (The Hill of the Heartless Giant, Angelus Waltz), Futers (-windows and doors: Denmark (1) (ACM Commission)), Bagger (Propior Deo) and Curington (Flute, Clarinet and Violin No. 1 (ACM Commission)).
Students from Manchester Medical School - including singer songwriters, musicians who play piano, flute and guitar; photographers and artists; writers of poems, short stories and memoir - will be showcasing their talents through the evening. There'll be plenty of time for socialising and a lively, inspiring and creative evening of entertainment.
Comma Press presents The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim. Described by the Guardian as 'perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive', Blasim's short stories range from legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, blending the fantastic with the everyday. Taking his cues from Kafka, his prose shines a dazzling light into the dark absurdities of Iraq’s recent past and the torments of its countless refugees. The subject of The Iraqi Christ, Blasim's second collection, is primarily trauma and the curious strategies human beings adopt to process it. The result is a masterclass in metaphor, a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war, and just as shocking. More about Hassan Blasim is here. This event is supported by English PEN and Arts Council England.
Founded by composers Mauricio Pauly and Sam Salem, Distractfold presents innovative new music by early-career composers alongside current works by established composers. The carefully curated programmes include instrumental and mixed works alongside acousmatic pieces diffused via multiple speakers. Full programme here.