Saturday 17 July 2021 7:30PM

Manchester Collective ; Ruby Hughes soprano

Beethoven, Caroline Shaw, Debussy and more


Download the PDF programme here and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.


  • Manchester Collective
  • Rakhi Singh violin, director
  • Donald Grant violin
  • Ruth Gibson viola
  • Marie Bitlloch cello
  • Ruby Hughes soprano

The Manchester Collective makes its Wigmore Hall debut this July. Known for its experimental programming and daring collaborations, the ensemble’s website describes the Collective as ‘built for a fresh and diverse musical world’. Tonight’s programme, in which the group is joined by soprano Ruby Hughes, covers a wide timescale; just the first two works range from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s 2012 Valencia for string quartet, right back to two laments by Dowland in contemporary arrangements by David Bruce.

  • Supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund at the London Community Foundation
  • Caroline Shaw (b.1982)
      • Valencia
  • John Dowland (1563-1626)
      • 2 Laments
        • (arranged by David Bruce)
  • John Tavener (1944-2013)
      • Akhmatova Songs
        • Boris Pasternak
        • Dante
        • Couplet
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
      • 2 mélodies hébraïques
        • Kaddisch (arranged by Simon Parkin)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
      • String Quartet No. 13 in B flat Op. 130
        • Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
  • Traditional
      • 3 Scottish Tunes
        • (arranged by Donald Grant)
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
      • Chansons de Bilitis
        • (arranged by Jake Heggie)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
      • Symphony No. 2
        • Urlicht

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