Manchester Collective: The Unfurrowed Field

Thursday 7 March 2024

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A joyful fusion of jazz and Scottish folk music.

Humans love categories – drawing lines between ideas, people, genres and moods. But the music we love, no matter how old or new, traditional or contemporary, often has far more in common than we think…

This show is bound to surprise and delight as Mercury Prize-nominated pianist Fergus McCreadie and his spellbinding trio of jazz musicians join the Manchester Collective string quartet to blast through an irresistible collection of music that lives somewhere between the boundaries of jazz, new classical and folk.

Alongside a brand new set by Fergus, fellow Scotsman and Collective favourite Donald Grant is arranging a collection of traditional folk tunes for this unlikely band of players. It’s music that goes straight to the heart, full of warmth and optimism.

There’s no doubt this gig is going to be a lot of fun. Come join the party.

Presented in partnership with Leeds International Concert Season.




Running time
Approximately 1 hour 35 minutes with one interval

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Fergus McCreadie Selections from Forest Floor, Stream and new work (world premiere)
Donald Grant ‘Thoir thusa nuas an rionnag sin (Bring you down that star)’ (world premiere)
‘NZ 2004’

Trad. ‘Airs’
Christian Mason Selections from Tuvan and Sardinian Songbooks
Joseph Haydn Op. 54 No. 2, II. Adagio
György Kurtág Selections from Officium breve, in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky
Anna Meredith ‘Honeyed Words’


Fergus McCreadie piano
David Bowden bass
Stephen Henderson drums
Rakhi Singh violin
Donald Grant violin
Simone van der Giessen viola
Christian Elliott cello

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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Howard Assembly Room

Howard Assembly Room

A year-round festival of music, performance and ideas, in the heart of Leeds.

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Manchester Collective: The Unfurrowed Field

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