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New Music: Rakhi Singh, violin

18 January 2024, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

Join us for this year’s New Music concert series, programmed by our New Music Curator Tom McKinney. The first concert features Rakhi Singh.

This event has passed. £12 (£5 students), booking recommended

In recent years Rakhi Singh has become an iconic figurehead for artists who are seeking ways to make music differently. As director of the magnificent Manchester Collective, Rakhi has appeared with the group in venues all over the world, and in the UK Rakhi has toured in venues ranging from a converted garage by Strangeways Prison, to the BBC Proms. As a soloist, Rakhi is also a major presence on the new music circuit, performing programmes that showcase her musical sensitivity, virtuosity and unique energy in works from the Baroque to the present day.

About Rakhi Singh

Rakhi Singh is a violinist, music director and composer based between Manchester and London. In 2016 she co-founded Manchester Collective, who performed their second proms in as many years this summer, led by Rakhi. In her programming, she continues to endeavour to bring important music to the fore, from last year’s Julius Eastman Proms performance, to the new wave of British composers this year with work by Ben Nobuto and Oliver Leith (alongside favourites from Lang and Reich).


Programme to include works by Alex Groves, György Kurtág, David Lang, Oliver Leith, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, traditional Bulgarian and Danish folk music, bluegrass and J.S. Bach.

Introduction from New Music Curator, Tom McKinney

Such is the draw of Kettle’s Yard as a music venue, that yet again it’s been so easy for me to put together another season of great musicians to come and play in this very special space. There are four New Music concerts between January and May, and I really hope that the range of styles they bring will give you a good picture of what’s happening in the incredibly exciting UK music scene. Musicians and composers currently face an unprecedented range of problems in the music industry, especially those working in new, alternative and experimental styles. However the boundless ingenuity and energy of the artists is nothing but inspirational, and these concerts will showcase some of the very best and most important music being made right now. You can expect seriously impressive virtuosity from violinist Rakhi Singh; two of the greatest free-improvising musicians, John Butcher and Rhodri Davies, will introduce you to sounds that your ears have never heard before; there’ll be vast and mesmerising musical landscapes that unfurl out of the Steinway piano with Eliza McCarthy; and join us for a season finale of songs, in all shapes and sizes, with the utterly unique Hermes Experiment.

The chance to see those musicians in the Kettle’s Yard house is unmissable—so see you there!

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Please note, for conservation and security reasons, no bags or large coats are allowed in the house. Limited bag storage is available at reception.

This event will take place in the extension of the house which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area is accessible for wheelchair users and the ground floor extension area of the house is newly accessible for wheelchair users with a ramp. There is no lift to the upper floors of the house. If you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you. Please get in touch on 01223 748100 or email

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