Martin Harris Centre: Music Online

At a time when physical concerts at the Martin Harris Centre were not possible, Creative Manchester supported a virtual concert series that connected artists with audiences.

Partners: The Martin Harris Centre, Music Department

At the advent of the pandemic, it became apparent that the Martin Harris Centre’s much-loved lunchtime concert series would need to be placed on pause. Despite audiences being unable to gather together in person, colleagues in the Martin Harris Centre, Music Department and Creative Manchester felt that a window should be kept open to the University’s rich musical talent.

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The collaborating departments conceived of a virtual concert series that, throughout the pandemic, has given staff, students, alumni and friends of the University an opportunity to engage with ‘live’ performance in an accessible and inclusive way.

‘Martin Harris Centre: Music Online’ features short recitals that are free to view and easy to access via YouTube. Early on in the series, we heard performances of Bach and Tchaikovsky by Marc Danel, violinist and leader of The Quator Danel, the University’s String Quartet in Residence. Later we heard a recital by University flute teacher, Robert Looman, who multi-tracked himself performing a new work for three flutes by Professor of Music, Camden Reeves.

The Martin Harris Centre looks forward to welcoming audiences back to the building as soon as possible, and in the meantime invites everyone to access ‘Martin Harris Centre: Music Online’ and enjoy the music.