Welcome to the spring/summer 2013 season at the Martin Harris Centre.
During the autumn of 2013 we celebrate the Centre’s 10th birthday! We have certainly come a long way since we first opened our doors in 2003. Our success is largely down to our committed academic colleagues, talented students and performers and of course the events team who make everything ‘happen’ in the background. Over the last 10 years we have been privileged to welcome both amateur and professional performers, some well known, and others who have gone on to be stars of the future. Today, our audiences continue to enjoy the delights of many gifted musicians and actors, prize-winning authors and poets, and we look forward to many more years of inspirational performances.
Our resident string quartet, the Quatuor Danel opens the 2013 season (24 January) with a mixture of classical favourites.
We are thrilled to welcome back critically acclaimed performance poet John Hegley (9 February). His last visit to the Centre was in October 2011 and was a complete sell-out, so book early!
Heiner Goebbels comes to Manchester (23-25 March) for a major festival of his music featuring ensembles from The University of Manchester and RNCM and also the Manchester Camerata.
Following two sell-out public events in 2012, Jeanette Winterson, will be “in Conversation” for two un-missable events with Abi Morgan (11 February) and with Kamila Shamsie (22 April).
The Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert Series continues with a wide-ranging programme of Thursday lunchtime concerts. The concerts are free and there’s no need to book, so you can just turn up on the day.
The University of Manchester Drama Society are back (20-22 February) with their first performance of the Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Awards (MIFTAs) Drama Festival. The opening production which will be shown in the John Thaw Studio Theatre is Paper Shield.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Martin Harris Centre during the 2013 season.
Martin Harris Centre Manager
Our Spring/Summer brochure 2013:
The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is a performing space situated at the heart of the oldest part of the University. It incorporates a 350-seat concert hall, a 150-seat studio theatre and an electroacoustic music studio.
The foyer makes an immediately striking impact: its use of light, open space and bold areas of colour blend with Alice Kettle's dynamic textile artwork, Red and Blue Movement in Three. In September 2010 we unveil a newly commissioned piece of work between Drama and the Martin Harris Centre - Kshitij (unlimited horizon) - by contemporary abstract artist Shameela Hussain.
The Centre hosts many musicians, performers and prize-winning authors. It provides an excellent space for contemporary and classic theatre, music and comedy events, and holds a reading series that has in the past featured such literary luminaries as Martin Amis, Will Self, John Banville and Clive James. We also present new and exciting artists who go on to become household names as well as established artists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world.
So please come along, and discover why the Martin Harris Centre is attracting attention as an important arts venue throughout the North West.