The Manchester-based ensemble showcases contemporary classical music and special commissions in its new season

“I’m really pleased that Psappha has asked me to become their new Patron. It’s an honour to take on the position from Max after his 21 years in the role… The group’s commitment to living composers is a vital element in British musical life and I’m looking forward to supporting these brilliant musicians and their work in the future.” – Mark-Anthony Turnage

• Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries

• Psappha is based at St Michael’s – the former Italian Chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution – which it shares with The Hallé

• Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS Foundation

• Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was Psappha’s Patron for 21 years until his death in March 2016

• Psappha’s YouTube channel has had more than 70,000 views in the past 12 months, and offers more than 160 free-to-view films of live performances and a number of free online filmbased resources for young composers

• Psappha’s Composition Lab offers support to GCSE and A-level music students through 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, which explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques

• Psappha Kids is a free resource specially devised to support the teaching of classroom music by specialist and non-specialist teachers of children aged 7-11, and includes lesson plans, classbased musical activities and extension tasks, fully supported through a series of short films

• Psappha’s Composing for… talent development programme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and considered for a future Psappha performance

• Psappha is supported by ACE’s Catalyst: Evolve scheme, which matches donations pound-forpound, helping to create a “more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector”

• Psappha has made 14 commercial recordings on its own label, NMC, Metier and Metronome

 

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