The Manchester-based ensemble moves back to its home at Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats in November after the venue’s much anticipated renovation

• Brand new music is at the heart of Psappha’s artistic offering, and this is reflected in the 2019-20 season. Over six concerts the ensemble will perform nine world premieres including a major new work by Psappha Patron Mark-Anthony Turnage, one of the UK's most dynamic composers

• Psappha’s concert programme and pre-concert events are designed to open up the experience of contemporary music to a wide audience

• The ensemble will work with Professor Douglas Jarman (author of 'The Music of Alban Berg') to create films which will be screened before each concert, revealing more of the context, relevance and history around the featured pieces. There will also be a chance to hear directly from many of the composers as they talk about the inspiration behind their work

• For the performance on 6 February 2020, Amaradaya (ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order) will lead a session of mindfulness meditation to set the tone ahead of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s hypnotic 'In the Light of Air'

• Psappha is currently based at St Michael's, but will move back to Hallé St. Peter's on 28 November after its anticipated renovation. Both venues are in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Psappha shares the spaces with The Hallé

• Continuing the Composing for… talent development programme for emerging composers, this year’s selected composers will write for: sitar with Jasdeep Singh Degun; accordion with Miloš Mihajlović; and for cello and piano with core Psappha ensemble members Jennifer Langridge and Benjamin Powell. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and considered for a future Psappha performance

• After the successful launch of the Composition Bank initiative in 2018, the 2019-20 season features the performance of three Psappha commissions, by George Stevenson, Alissa Firsova and Mark-Anthony Turnage

• Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries

• Mark-Anthony Turnage became Psappha's Patron in 2018. Previously Sir Peter Maxell Davies was Psappha’s Patron of 20 years until his death in 2016

• Psappha has signed up to the PRS Foundation Keychange gender balance initiative, working towards 50:50 representation by 2022. 45% of the composers programmed in Psappha’s 2019-20 Manchester concert series are female.

• Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS Foundation

 

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