Arcadiana | Future Yard


We are delighted to be teaming up with Manchester Collective again on their new season of shows, as we bring some of their incredible touring shows to Birkenhead. On 28th October we jump between the ages and experience the work of three different composers at the peak of their powers. Thomas Adés‘ titular Arcadiana, Jörg Widmann‘s 180 Beats Per Minute and Johannes BrahmsString Sextet In G Major will be performed by a higly accomplished group of musicians, led by guest director Max Baillie.

This is music of incredible magnetism, charisma and energy. It won’t make you any younger. But it might just make you feel it.

Manchester Collective shows are renowned for their incredible atmospheres and intense experiences. Their musicians bring new life to classic arrangements and present brand new compositions from contemporary artists who break the walls between classical and modern worlds.
Tickets on sale now (see below for details).


Journeying from the irreverent spirit of the early 90s all the way back to heady 19th century Romanticism, the music you’ll hear in this intimate show feels as fresh today as it did on the day it was written. Each of these pieces was penned by a composer in the blazing springtime of their artistic life, and the combined youthful spirit is infectious.

Jörg Widmann was just 20 years old when he stormed onto the international stage with a blistering new piece called 180 Beats Per Minute. It’s full of sound and fury – the work of a young man full of ideas, confidence and vigour.

Arcadiana by Thomas Adès is considered to be one of the greatest British musical works of all time. It’s all the more astounding that the composer was just 23 when he wrote the piece – an exquisitely detailed and challenging meditation on change, loss and vanishing paradises. Alongside the performance, the Collective will present a deep-dive exploration of Arcadiana, revealing some of its musical secrets.

Johannes Brahms is the elder statesman of this programme. His swooning and romantic String Sextet in G Major is breathtakingly beautiful, the passionate work of a mature composer at the peak of his power. He finished the piece before his 32nd birthday.



Max Baillie Guest Director, violin
Donald Grant Violin
Alex Mitchell Viola
Carol Ella Viola
Marie Bitlloch Cello
Hannah Roberts Cello


Jörg Widmann 180 Beats Per Minute
Thomas Adès Arcadiana
Johannes Brahms String Sextet in G Major

Approximate run time: 100 minutes (including an interval)

Manchester Collective presents
Friday 28th October 2022
7pm doors – performance starts promptly at 8pm
This is a seated show
75 Argyle Street
Tickets £5 / £12 / £15

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Kitchen open 4pm-9pm. Live curfew 11pm.
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