Manchester Collective: Rosewood

Wednesday 10 May 2023

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A kaleidoscope of musical colours.

From ‘La Folia’, the original baroque smash hit, to the spiritual music of Julius Eastman, all the way to David Lang’s hot, heavy and hard-hitting ‘Killer’ – this show takes in a dizzying range of music.

Scottish star guitarist Sean Shibe joins forces with Manchester Collective for the first time in an artistic meeting of minds that is long overdue. The set is an ever-changing musical melting pot, demonstrating the extraordinary range of these boundary-breaking performers.

At the heart of the programme are a pair of new works written for Sean and the Collective. British artist Emily Hall writes music that inhabits the spaces between genres – classical, electronic and folk traditions are absorbed and reimagined to create work that is intimate, touching and altogether new. New York composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran also walks an artistic tightrope, poised somewhere between the experimental, the wild and the human.

With Sean performing on electric and acoustic guitars alongside an all-star string quartet lineup, this show will transport you to unexpected sound worlds and strange new places.

Presented in partnership with Leeds International Concert Season.




100 minutes (including interval)



John Cage ‘Six Melodies’
David Fennessy ‘Rosewoods’
Kelly Moran
‘Living Again’ – World Premiere
Julius Eastman ‘Buddha’
Emily Hall ‘Potential Space’ – World Premiere
Trad. ‘
La Folia
David Lang ‘

Explore the programme


Sean Shibe Electric/acoustic guitars
Rakhi Singh Music Director
Manchester Collective
String quartet

About Manchester Collective

Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in spaces 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.

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Manchester Collective: Rosewood

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