The Live Programme opens with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing The Planets by Gustav Holst, a spectacular astrological portrait of the celestial world, and closes with Gustav Mahler’s psychologically disruptive Symphony No.1, Titan, a powerful meditation on human life and its meaning, the cry of a wounded heart.
There will be presentations of Galina Ustvolskaya’s Day of Wrath and Oliver Leith’s good day good day bad day bad day by GBSR Duo; and Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Metamorphosen by Manchester Collective. We welcome the return of The Multi-Story Orchestra for three new performances led by Kate Whitley, and opera director Polly Graham’s production of The Silly Little Mouse, a cartoon-opera for children by Dmitri Shostakovich written under the suppressive thumb of a brutal state, starring a beautiful but dangerous black and white cat played by soprano Claire Booth.
Irish choreographer Oona Doherty, American bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa, Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving, Swedish-Norwegian violinist Johan Dalene and British pianist Nicola Eimer join us for the first time. Returning with new programmes are James McVinnie, George Barton & Siwan Rhys, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason.
We celebrate the voices and work of Jay Bernard, Caleb Femi, Derek Jarman and Paul B. Preciado in new live productions. Our ‘Slope Stage’ opens with a programme dedicated to the organ. Perhaps better known in the cathedral or concert hall, the spatial conditions at Bold Tendencies are perfect for its vast, powerful sound and it is inaugurated with music by iconic American composer Philip Glass.