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Benjamin Grosvenor

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RNCM announces French Connections festival

3:34, 9th August 2017

The Royal Northern College of Music’s (RNCM) autumn 2017 season will mark the beginning of a year-long French Connections festival celebrating the music of France and its impact across the world.

The festival’s autumn highlights include Carmen in 40 Minutes; a programme of Bach, Debussy and Ravel from Benjamin Grosvenor; A Hot Night in Paris with the RNCM Big Band, violinist Christian Garrick and vocalist Tina May, featuring music from Hot Club de France, Erik Satie, Michel Legrand and Édith Piaf; the RNCM Symphony Orchestra with a programme including works by Messiaen and Martinů; a screening of the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment; RNCM Opera’s production of Massenet’s Cinderella; and the Chineke! Ensemble with music by Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Mark-Anthony Turnage will be in residence at this year’s New Music North West festival, which will feature the premiere of a new opera by Alan Williams and Ian McMillan, a performance from Psappha, and a number of new works by young composers based in Manchester.

The RNCM Big Band will appear with saxophonist/clarinettist Alan Barnes in A Jazz Christmas Carol, and the RNCM’s Young Explorers Concert series will see the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra perform Herbert Chappell’s Paddington Bear’s First Concert and Stephen McNeff’s Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and his Friends in the Orchestra in a relaxed family-friendly concert for ages 3 and above.

The season also includes performances from the Iranian Kamanche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Malian kora player Toumani Diabate, and the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers.


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