UpClose at HomeMCR

Manchester Camerata are bringing their immensely popular UpClose series to HOME, presenting events by exceptional performers and ensembles in new spaces, creating intimate and magical music.

By Lee Isherwood | 1 September 2017

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Award-winning producer of the titans of popular music, including Pet Shop Boys and Snoop Dogg, Sven Helbig will present the premiere of Pocket Symphonies, with visual artist Chris Paul Daniels providing exhilarating motion graphics to compliment the music. Presented in HOME’s main gallery on Sat 9 September, Helbig will use his know-how to perfectly distil the grandiosity of classical music into pocket symphonies, followed by a post-concert Q&A also including Paul Daniels.

On Wed 11 October, HOME’s Theatre 1 will be hosting the pioneering #DesiGuitR sound of Aziz Ibrahim, backed by Camerata. The night will offer a radical orchestral interpretation of original compositions and the unreleased album Lahore to Longsight, charting the journey of Aziz’s father from a divided India to Pakistan to Manchester, and the path of self-identity and acceptance for a son torn between vastly different cultures. Ibrahim brings with him special guests Dalbir Singh Rattan (tabla/vocals), Kavi Raj Singh (Santoor/vocals) from Project70 Asian Blues, Ibrahim’s Arts Council England musical project on Partition and Identity. There will be a pre-concert talk with Ibrahim and friends at 6.30pm.

Sven Helbig commented: “I am looking forward to one of my highlights this year – presenting my Pocket Symphonies with the outstanding ensemble of Manchester Camerata. I am sure the inspiring creativity of video artist Chris Daniels will give the 12 pieces a new, fascinating life.”

Aziz Ibrahim added: “I never thought a British Pakistani kid from #LongsightM13 would ever be able to write and perform with an orchestra, let alone the Manchester Camerata. Dream come true!”

Sat 9 Sep & Wed 11 Oct 2017
To book tickets, visit homemcr.org or contact the HOME box office on +44 (0)161 212 1500. Tickets are also available on manchestercamerata.co.uk.