Manchester Collective: Voice Of The Whale | Future Yard

We are delighted to be teaming up with Manchester Collective as their new home in Merseyside for their incredible touring shows. We begin this journey on 1st October with Voice Of The Whale, a show of immense emotion that features violin, cello, flute, piano and live electronics. Manchester Collective’s ensemble performers, led by musical director Rakhi Singh, will perform pieces by Molly Joyce, Alex Groves, Andrew Hamilton and George Crumb, as they explore the depths of the sea and the pulsating rhythms contained inside.

Manchester Collective shows are renowned for their incredible atmosphere 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 for this show are on sale on a pay what you can basis. There are two ticket options available, priced at £10 and £20.
Tickets on sale Wednesday 18th August.


Manchester Collective begin their 21/22 season with their first major touring project of the year, Voice Of The Whale, a strange and unsettling set of otherworldly music.

In the dark and lonely depths of the Pacific Ocean, the whales are singing. Listen closely. Can you hear them? 

Molly Joyce’s ecstatic High And Low opens the programme – solo piano presented as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature. Curved Form (St Endellion) by Alex Groves, performed live for the first time, conjures up a meditative seascape for live electronics and strings. Listeners are submerged in cascading tides and layered textures, contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic In Beautiful May.

In the end though, it’s back to the sea. Down, down, down. The night finishes with George Crumb’s enigmatic Vox Balaenae, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified.

Music from another world.

Manchester Collective: Voice Of The Whale

Manchester Collective is a new kind of arts organisation, built for a fresh and diverse musical world. Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work to a hungry, new audience. From concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals , you can find the Collective in a variety of settings (like Future Yard for example), where the aim is to create intimate and intense human experiences inspired by music, for everyone.

The 21/22 season is Manchester Collective’s most ambitious season to date – five years on since their formation and following performances at the Proms and Wigmore Hall, they’re now touring ground-breaking work to concert halls and underground spaces across the country, and beyond, starting with Voice Of The Whale.

Manchester Collective present
Voice of the Whale
1st October 2021
75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead

Doors 7pm
Performance begins at 8pm

Tickets available online in advance or on the door. Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm.

Seating available. Please read our full Covid-19 measures here.