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Firsts and Final Frontiers

Adam Gorb – Kol Simcha Suite
Philip Rousiamanis – The Sun, the Moon and their lobster children (World premiere)
Nina Whiteman – The Galaxy Rotation Problem
Bofan Ma – vibrato/scratch lottery/vegetable soup (World premiere)
Tom Coult – Two Games and a Nocturne
Michael Betteridge – Grind (World premiere)
Tom Harrold – Dark Dance

Jamie Phillips – Conductor
With Psappha: Conrad Marshall, Dov Goldberg, Benjamin Powell, Tim Williams, Michael Harper, Delia Stephens, Benedict Holland, Heather Wallington and Jennifer Langridge

Psappha launches its 30th-anniversary season with a typically adventurous programme celebrating the possibilities of new music – and the fearless brilliance of young British composers.

Three of tonight’s seven works are world premieres written by emerging Manchester-based composers for Psappha’s Composing For scheme: Michael Betteridge’s abrasive duet, Bofan Ma’s playful viola solo and Philip Rousiamanis’s haunted tale of a broken family. Three others were commissioned by the group in the last decade: Tom Coult’s hat-trick suite, Tom Harrold’s pulsating hoedown and Nina Whiteman’s journey through our universe and others. Adam Gorb’s Klezmer-inspired dance suite makes a thrilling introduction to Tim Williams’ final season as Psappha’s Artistic Director.

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