Tuesday 13 February 2024

Workshops, Welsh song for families, Cleveland Watkiss, Mark Padmore, Hera Hyesang Park - the Manchester Song Festival 2024

Participants at the Manchester Song Festival
Manchester Song Festival

The 2024 Manchester Song Festival is at Stoller Hall from 1 to 3 March 2024 with a lively weekend of concerts, workshops and family events. Performances begin with jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss, with his distinctive blend of improvisation/counterpoint harmony, electronics, breakbeat loops and basslines (all live and from his mouth), in VocalSuite, described as 'elusive acapella vocal improvisation performance that uses the atmosphere of venue, mood and interactivity of audience to present a performance of the moment'.

The following evening, tenor Mark Padmore will be performing Schumann, Frank Bridge, Michael Tippett, Rebecca Clarke and Tansy Davies, and the festival ends with a recital from Korean opera singer Hera Hyesang Park and pianist Bretton Brown in a mixture of Korean art songs and music by Samuel Barber, Alma Mahler, Respighi, Rossini, Schubert, Caplet, Cecilia Livingston, Thomas Dunhill and Errollyn Wallen.

There is also a chance to catch vocal students from Chetham's School of Music in a free lunchtime concert, whilst families can enjoy Terra Musica, where Awen Blandford, and students from Chetham’s School of Music invite the audience to dance, sing and play along with folk music and stories from the beautiful Welsh Valleys.

There is a full programme of workshops on the Saturday, including yoga, songwriting, vocal health, vocal anxiety, musical theatre and acting through singing, an introduction to folk, synaesthesia and an operatic workshop, plus performance from the RNCM Songsters.

Full details from the Stoller Hall website.

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