Psappha Turns 30!

Welcome to Psappha’s 30th-birthday season – a celebration of new music then and now, with special commissions and boundary-pushing world premieres by composers from Manchester, the UK and beyond.

Psappha gave our first concert on 28 September 1991 – and 30 years on, we’re going stronger than ever. We’ve commissioned and premiered new music by more than 500 composers in the last three decades – and this season sees no fewer than 14 world premieres across four concerts at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats. Highlights include:

  • First and Final Frontiers (8 October 2021)
    Journeys through space and time in the company of seven young British composers
  • On and Off the Road (25 November 2021)
    A mesmerising road trip into music and memory
  • The Last Island (31 March 2022)
    A homage to Peter Maxwell Davies and to Orkney – plus new music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and others
  • The View South (12 May 2022)
    Explorations of life and landscape, with world premieres by Simon Holt and many more

We’ll also be marking our birthday with special one-off concerts in London, Cambridge, Sheffield and Halifax; world premieres of two new stage works in the spring; a new educational initiative aimed at musicians under 11, created with the New York Philharmonic; and a new relationship with NMC Recordings, including the release of a brand new 30th-anniversary recording. Details of all will be announced shortly – watch this space.

Our 30th-anniversary season is the last led by Founding Artistic Director Tim Williams, who set up Psappha in 1991 and has been its sole Director ever since. Tim is stepping down at the end of the season, to be replaced at the helm by Psappha’s brilliant pianist Benjamin Powell. We’re already looking forward to the next 30 years – but please join us this season as we mark three decades at the forefront of contemporary classical music in the UK.


These are deeply challenging times for musicians, performers and everyone who works in the arts, and we’re enormously grateful for your support. If you’d like to make a donation or become a Psappha patron, you can find more information HERE. Thank you for supporting Psappha and contemporary music – and we hope to see you soon.