Manchester-based ensemble Psappha will begin its 2018/19 concert season in September, having recently announced the appointment of composer Mark-Anthony Turnage as its patron.
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. The ensemble is unique in its artistic offering as the North of England’s only stand-alone, professional contemporary classical music ensemble.
A National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation, 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. It shares this venue with The Hallé.
In addition to public concert performance, Psappha supports composers at all stages of their careers, offering a range of opportunities to work with its expert musicians as well as a number of online film-based resources. The Psappha Composition Lab supports GCSE and A-level music, and Psappha Kids supports the music curriculum for 7 to 11 year-olds through a range of classroom-based activities and online resources for specialist and non-specialist teachers.