On Friday 26 February 2021, Virtual Circle – the Live-Streaming and digital content platform from HarrisonParrott – will present the first of three concerts from Manchester Camerata.

Conducted by the internationally renowned Pekka Kuusisto [pictured], this new concert by Manchester Camerata – All Time Is Eternally Present – offers an eclectic and exciting programme. The event features Saxophonist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, Jess Gillam performing Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances; and a new piece from composer Daniel Kidane commissioned by Manchester Camerata – Be Still. Completing the programme are Dobrinka Tabakova’s Dawn and Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The concert will also be interspersed with interviews from both Gillam and Kuusisto.

Bob Riley, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Camerata said: ‘It would have been so joyous had we been able to capture our first concert of the year for Harrison Parrott with a live audience but as it stands, to be able to work alongside the astonishing talents of Jess Gillam and Pekka Kuusisto and feature brand new work by the very brilliant Daniel Kidane, is something we are hugely proud of. We cannot wait to be able to share our brand-new series of streamed concerts and we are also extremely excited that part of our very first one will receive its premiere on BBC Radio 3. We very much miss being able to reach out to and perform for our live audiences, and we are therefore committed and determined to keep seeking and curating these broadcasting opportunities where we are able to share our work far and wide and subsequently support our musicians and collaborators as much as possible during these challenging times.’

Recorded live at the Stoller Hall in January 2021 in line with government guidelines at that time, tickets for the streamed concert can be purchased from https://www.emusiclive.com/Manchester_Camerata , at £10.

Future concerts on Virtual Circle with Manchester Camerata includes the next instalment of the Gramophone Award-nominated Mozart, Made in Manchester album cycle featuring the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy. The series, which pairs the piano concertos with opera overtures in a recording for the first time, has achieved huge critical acclaim. These concerts take place at Manchester’s stunning Stoller Hall, part of Chetham’s School of Music, which are both partners for the Mozart cycle alongside Chandos Records. 

Launched in December 2020, HarrisonParrott partnered with eMusic Live to create this new platform for classical music and the arts. Virtual Circle not only provides audiences with a ‘concert look and feel’ with engaging interactive features, but also in-platform promotional opportunities for artists, something which is not offered by any other digital concert platforms, these include high-resolution album downloads, ticket bundles, and action buttons directing audiences to additional content.