Listening Party: Rakhi Singh on working with living composers

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Co-artistic Director of Clod Ensemble Paul Clark in conversation with Co-Founder of Manchester Collective, Rakhi Singh

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The role of the composer has changed a lot over the last 50 years - many artists are looking collaborate and work more closely with the musicians performing their work. Rakhi Singh, co-founder of Manchester Collective, has both written and commissioned many pieces. In this discussion, she talks about the different ways she has worked with very different artists - some working with purely acoustic music, and others using electronics - and shares some of her favourite recordings from the Manchester Collective archive.

This event will take place on zoom and will be live-captioned.

Accessibility: All live events will be wheelchair accessible and all online events will be live captioned. If you have accessibility requirements (eg. BSL interpretation) that you would like us to be aware of then please email and we will do our best to help.

Rakhi Singh is a violinist, music director, curator and composer based between Manchester and London, England. In 2016 she co- founded Manchester Collective whose upcoming 21/22 season features residencies at the Southbank, St George’s Bristol, The White Hotel, Salford and is set to lead their debut 2021 Proms performance, performing works by the likes of Julius Eastman, Dobrinka Tabakova and Edmund Finnis.

Alongside her work leading the Collective, Singh has firmly established herself as a violinist and leader of high repute, working for and alongside the likes of Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Oliver Coates, Clark and Björk, Olivia Chaney, Clod Ensemble and Abel Selaocoe and guest leading ensembles like London Contemporary Orchestra, RLPO, CBSO, Hebrides Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru.

As a composer she has written two large-scale pieces with long-time collaborator, electronic producer Vessel, the first of which Written in Fire was premiered at Aldeburgh Festival and the second Paradise Lost commissioned by Manchester Collective. Most recently she produced a film ‘FFAALL’ for the Royal Opera House 8bit digital commissions, working closely with Director Joe Morgan, movement artist Blackhaine and opera singer Mimi Doulton.

Born to an English mother and Indian father in rural Wales, Rakhi’s upbringing was influenced by many different cultures and traditions.

Part of a programme of events surrounding Clod Ensemble’s performance This is My Room. In collaboration with brilliant musicians, performers and designers, this season of performance, workshops, discussions and listening parties will pick up on some of the themes explored in the piece. Explore the programme.

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For over two decades, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark have developed a highly original performance language, creating provocative, finely crafted work, ambitious in scale and concept.

Clod Ensemble works at the intersection of different forms and disciplines – at the point where they meet, transform and challenge each other to become something new.

We work with dancers, actors, musicians, medics, architects and orchestras.

Our work is presented in London, across the UK and internationally in theatres, dance houses, galleries and public spaces including Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, The Lowry Salford, Wales Millennium Centre, Serralves Museum Porto and Public Theater New York.

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