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Manchester Camerata’s 50th Anniversary

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2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Manchester Camerata, an innovative orchestra which has continued to push boundaries and challenge traditions throughout its history. The Orchestra today reveals some of its plans for the anniversary year which sees them perform all across the UK with artists ranging from Jess Gillam and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to DJ Afrodeutsche and Joy Division’s Peter Hook. This year also sees the Camerata continue its popular short film series UNTOLD as well as ground-breaking community projects such as Music in Mind and Hidden Histories.

Bob Riley, Chief Executive of Manchester Camerata, said: “Our 50th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate what has happened so far as well as our plans for the future. Everyone leaves a mark at the Camerata, be that a musical style, a way of thinking, or something else distinctive. We have countless anecdotes, recordings and community projects as part of our collective legacy. We want to invite our audience to join us as we reflect on our history and initiate new partnerships across the year to come.”

Highlights include:

  • The Camerata makes its Wigmore Hall debut alongside Resident Artist Jess Gillam
  • Mozart, Made in Manchester series continues with Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
  • World premiere performance of a new work by Alex Ho as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composer programme
  • A 16-piece Manchester Camerata orchestra accompanies a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
  • Collaborations with cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat as well as Manchester-based artists including music duo Space Afrika and composer, producer and DJ Afrodeutsche
  • 40th anniversary of The Hacienda celebrated with performances of Hacienda Classical at the Royal Albert Hall and Castlefield Bowl
  • Continuing partnerships with Nevil Holt Opera, the Royal Northern College of Music, Opera Up Close and Joy Division’s Peter Hook

For further event information, please visit Home - Manchester Camerata

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