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    About us

    We are a multifaceted ensemble, making new music and telling stories through creative collaborations with artists from a broad range of genres in the concert hall and the community.

    Formed in 2014 by two members of the BBC Philharmonic, we aim to explore and create new music in a way that is relevant to all. Our carefully crafted recitals and community work facilitate creative music-making, storytelling and free expression through structured and improvised sound, giving everyone the chance to experience new music, their music, either made by them or for them.


    Gary Farr
    Founder and Director

    Trumpet, improviser, workshop leader

    Gemma Bass
    Founder and Director

    Violin, improviser, workshop leader

    Naomi Tattum

    Artist, producer, project manager

    Regular Members

    Photo credit: Elly Clarke

    Composer, electronic musician, trombonist, field-recordist, DJ, improviser.

    Anton Hunter

    Guitarist, composer, improviser and recipient of the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival ‘mjf originals’ commission

    Graham South

    Trumpet, composer, improviser

    Harry Percy

    Percussion, improviser

    Norman Skipp

    Composer/sonic artist, video artist and online editor/compositor

    Photo credit: Phil Portus
    Marianne Rawles

    Clarinet, improviser

    Photo credit: Aiden Harris
    Cath Roberts

    Saxophonist, composer, improviser

    Caroline Pether

    Violin, improviser

    Ben Mellefont

    Clarinet, improviser

    Regular Collaborators

    Gavin Osborn

    Flute-player, composer, sound-artist & teacher

    Animikii Theatre

    A laboratory theatre company located in Manchester

    The University of Manchester

    Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and the largest single-site university in the UK

    Seed Studios

    An arts and wellbeing organisation running music and media studios


    Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera

    Matrafisc Dance Company

    A new Dance Company founded by Ina Colizza and Antonello Apicella.