Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal

Sunday 5 December 2021

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Manchester Collective make their Howard Assembly Room debut with big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. “This is a noisy show”, they say: “It’s not going to be a meditative listening experience. Sometimes, we all just need to scream into a pillow…”

Composer, pianist and producer Ben Nobuto’s work is utterly contemporary. His music assimilates and responds to the dizzying array of digital media that Generation Z have lived with since birth. His first language is the internet. On, off, and on again. Attention and fragmentation. Join us for the premiere of his brand-new work for strings, electronics, and percussion.

Alongside work by British-Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, Bryce Dessner (The National), and Michael Gordon (founder of legendary new music outfit Bang on a Can), the Collective will also give the world premiere of a new work by Sebastian Gainsborough, aka Vessel. Seb’s compositions tend towards the heavy and intense, but this will be something else altogether.

Save 10% when you book two Manchester Collective gigs at the Howard Assembly Room and 15% when you book all three. Discounts apply to full price tickets only and will be added in the basket once multiple events have been selected.



  • Howard Assembly Room

Start time

Dobrinka Tabakova Insight
Ben Nobuto New Work – World Premiere
Michael Gordon Industry
Sebastian Gainsborough New Work – World Premiere
Bryce Dessner Aheym

£10 tickets for U30s members
(Limited availability applies)

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In partnership with Leeds International Concert Season


Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in venues ranging from concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals. New music and collaboration are of vital importance to the Collective; they commission and present work by some of today’s most exciting artistic voices, crossing different genres and artforms.

Howard Assembly Room

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Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal

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