Welcome to Psappha’s 2020–21 programme – seven concerts exploring the sharpest and smartest sounds in modern music, performed and presented in concert and streamed online for free.
Our season begins with 3×3: three concerts of cutting-edge contemporary music for scaled-back ensembles of three musicians, staged in a safe and socially-distanced environment at our home base of Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester (read more here). We’ll perform each programme twice for limited audiences, once at lunchtime and once in the evening, and you can still enjoy the music even if you can’t make it in person: we’ll be streaming the evening performances live, for free, on this website.
The second half of the season sees another three-concert series: In Focus, spotlighting a trio of instruments not often heard in a concert-hall context. We’ll be performing specially commissioned new works featuring the sitar, the cimbalom and the accordion, alongside a range of boundary-pushing contemporary works that complement the premieres on each programme. The season is completed by a special concert that features the world premiere of a major new work written for Psappha by one of this country’s most dynamic composers – Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Alongside our concert programme, we’re continuing to work with young and emerging British musical talent through our Composing For scheme, which this season will see us support 28 composers to create new musical works for us. You can see and hear examples from past seasons on our YouTube channel, an extraordinary resource of more than 200 performances of contemporary music – including many world premieres and exclusives.
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.