Friday 14 May, 8:00pm: Raise Your Voice Ensemble @ Centro Bar

The Raise Your Voice En­semble per­form new works from Manchester’s rich and varied of­fering of com­posers, mixing acoustic in­stru­ments and elec­tronic sound, as part of the Fu­tur­eEverything Fest­ival Show­case. Come and ex­per­i­ence chal­len­ging and ori­ginal music in the re­laxed at­mo­sphere of Centro Bar in the Northern Quarter (next door to Matt & Phred’s). Fol­lowed later by chilled DJ sets from Al Sonar (of Hit&Run).


  • Pas­sacaglie, for cello and elec­tronics — Martin Suck­ling
  • I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life, for cla­rinet and kick drum — Luke-Matthew Iveson
  • The Golden Lion Hotel, for per­cus­sion and elec­tronics — Chris Swith­in­bank
  • Avian Riots, for en­semble — Tom Coult
  • Richter VS Dragon, for en­semble and backing track — Steve Pycroft
  • Aqueleyo-yo, for string quartet — José Guillermo Puello
  • Dub­steps, for string quartet — John Davies


Centro Bar
74, Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LG, UK (View map)

More about the people involved

Tom Coult is a third year stu­dent at Manchester Uni­ver­sity, and will begin a Mas­ters course next year. ‘The Candle’ is being per­formed on 16th May in York and 8th June at the RNCM. He has com­posed a score for a 2009 pro­duc­tion of Sinbad at the Camden Round­house and music used in ‘Is This Love?’, a 2008 short film.

Luke-Matthew Iveson (b.1990, Manchester) cur­rently studies at Birm­ingham Con­ser­vatoire, for a BMus in com­pos­i­tion, under the tu­ition of Joe Cutler and many vis­iting tu­tors. His works have been per­formed by the CHROMA En­semble, Sarah Le­onard & Robin Mi­chael, Row­land Suth­er­land and the East Mid­lands CoMA En­semble. Luke en­joys working with theatre and ex­ternal arts such as dance, arts and lit­er­ature. His theatre piece Ophelia:the death of was awarded joint Second Prize and the Audi­ence Prize in the 2009 Philip Bates Prize. The Nu­tri­tional Value of Dreams was re­cently work­shopped by Louis Andriessen.

José Guillermo Puello is a Domin­ican com­poser cur­rently doing a Mas­ters in Com­pos­i­tion at Manchester Uni­ver­sity under the su­per­vi­sion of Camden Reeves, having done his un­der­graduate de­gree in Music at The Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ingham. He is cur­rently working on mer­ging Latin-American rhythms with Western con­tem­porary har­monies. On the 21st of May, 2010, Manchester Cam­erata will per­form Cojuelo Spirit at the Bridge­water Hall.

Steve Pycroft is a freel­ance drummer, per­cus­sionist and com­poser living and working in Manchester. He gradu­ated with a Mas­ters in Com­pos­i­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Manchester in 2009, studying with Camden Reeves.

Al Sonar is one of the new breed of Manchester-based talent that has sur­faced on the DJ scene. As res­ident for Hit&Run his “Deep” style of set has been in­stru­mental in cre­ating the warm vibe at the night. Ori­gin­ally from London, he moved to Manchester in 1999 and has run a host of dif­ferent Drum and Bass events. Al has worked as a tour man­ager and sound en­gineer for Manchester based Ska-Punk band, Sonic Boom Six. This has seen him touring the ma­jority of main­land Europe and working as a freel­ance sound en­gineer in the UK.

Martin Suck­ling writes music, plays the vi­olin, re­cently moved to Manchester and con­sequently spends a lot of time on trains.  He is cur­rently writing some songs for the London Sin­foni­etta.  These other folks have also played his music: LSO, BBC Scot­tish SO, DSO Berlin, Gri­meth­orpe Col­liery Band, RSC, Britten Sin­fonia, Aronowitz En­semble.

Chris Swith­in­bank is cur­rently com­pleting a Mas­ters in Com­pos­i­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Manchester with the gen­erous sup­port of a Harry Clough Bursary. He works with both acoustic in­stru­ments and elec­tronic sounds and has re­cently had works per­formed at New Music North West, MANTIS Fest­ival and Wrexham Arts Fest­ival. Up­coming premières in­clude Wegen & Wald­stille for Ps­appha and Mik­rokonzert: I Swear I Saw the Sun Falling to be per­formed by Vag­anza at York Spring Fest­ival of New Music in May and at the RNCM in June.


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