Rakhi Singh, Music Director
"The future has arrived” - Bachtrack
“Light and fire with immersive performances and wild juxtapositions. [Manchester Collective’s] musicality is unabashed.”
BBC Music Magazine
North American Representation
RADICAL HUMAN EXPERIENCES
We create intimate and intense human experiences. Music is in our bones, and we believe in the power of that music to make an impact: to move and excite us.
We are a new kind of arts organisation, built for a fresh and diverse cultural world. From the concert hall to the factory, the recital room to the mill, all we ask for is open ears and an open heart. In return, we will create something extraordinary.
Collaboration is in our DNA. We are musicians, producers, dancers and filmmakers. We are recording engineers and copywriters. We are composers, photographers and researchers. The artistic possibilities are limitless.
Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, the work of Manchester Collective has expanded at breakneck speed since their formation in 2016 by co-founders Adam Szabo (Chief Executive) and Rakhi Singh (Music Director). They now play in concert halls, club spaces and warehouses in 18 cities across Europe and the UK, performing a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces, and staged work to a hungry, new audience.
New music is of vital importance to the Collective – in recent years they have commissioned major works by artists including Edmund Finnis, Hannah Peel, Freya Waley-Cohen, and Laurence Osborn. Recent touring highlights include Paradise Lost, and explosive collaboration between electronic artist Vessel (Seb Gainsborough) and violinist Rakhi Singh; an inspiring tour of Sirocco with South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and Chesaba; and a staged production of Arnold Schoenberg’s avant-garde masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire.
Manchester Collective record exclusively for the Icelandic label Bedroom Community, with their debut EP ‘Recreation’ released in September 2020 and first album due in Spring 2021. Through the COVID-19 lockdown, they produced a season of ten Isolation Broadcasts, watched by tens of thousands of fans all over the world. The education work of the Collective has also expanded in this period, working remotely with conservatoire students to deliver holistic, skills-based training for a changing musical world.
"THE CRAZIEST, MOST MENTAL, INTENSE, DARK, AND PASSIONATE PIECE OF ART I'VE EVER WITNESSED. MADDEST NIGHT SOBER I'VE EVER SPENT."
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