Manchester and Salford’s classical music fans are presented with a rare and exciting opportunity – to take part in an exclusive exploration of Aaron Copland’s Shaker-inspired piece, Appalachian Spring,at Salford’s Peel Hall next Wednesday (21 March at 2pm).

80 pupils from the Manchester Creative Music Academy and the Co-op Academy Manchester will perform alongside professional musicians from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, renowned cellist Matthew Sharp,and gritty Mancunian poet, Mike Garry.

The workshops culminate in the exploitative words and music performance in Salford next Wednesday.

Appalachian Spring was written in 1944 by American composer Aaron Copland and was commissioned by dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. It features the popular Shaker tune, Simple Gifts, which was itself adapted by Sydney Carter for the hymn Lord of the Dance.

Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before he became a poet, and has recently worked with Dr JohnCooper Clarke, New Order and Joe Duddell. He is passionate about bringing live poetry to people who wouldn’t normally experience it.

Tickets for the event are free and available from


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