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Friday 9 December 2022, 8pm

Pekka Kuusisto with Manchester Collective

Pekka Kuusisto with Manchester Collective


Manchester Collective
Pekka Kuusisto
guest director, violin


Missy Mazzoli
You know me from here
Oliver Leith
New Work – World Premiere
Caroline Shaw
Plan & Elevation
Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Rudolf Barshai
Chamber Symphony (arrangement of the 8th quartet)

Running Time

To be confirmed

Photo of Pekka Kuusisto playing from an unusual downward angle with overlaid text reading 'Manchester Collective' that looks like a neon sign.

We are sorry to inform you that that due to illness, Pekka Kuusisto is withdrawing from his engagements until the end of 2022. As a result, the concert Pekka Kuusisto with Manchester Collective on Friday 9 December, for which you had booked tickets, has been cancelled.

Saffron Hall will offer refunds to ticket-holders as follows:

  • We will refund the value of your tickets
  • Refunds will be processed back to the card originally used to pay
  • Refunds will be automatically processed and you do not need to contact Saffron Hall to request a refund
  • We will endeavour to refund all tickets within 30 days


It takes real courage to break out of the box. Once or twice in a generation, music fans embrace an artist who totally redefines what is possible in their field. Pekka Kuusisto is one of these artists. The Finnish superstar violinist is electric in performance, showcasing unparalleled freedom and an infectious disregard for the ‘rules’ of classical music.

Pekka leads the full Manchester Collective string ensemble into an adventurous programme of the familiar and the new. At the heart of it is a new commission by Oliver Leith – the voice of a new generation of British composers.

Described as “deadpan, subversive and quietly anarchic” (BBC Radio 3), Oliver’s music seamlessly crosses the boundary between contemporary classical and electronic worlds.Elsewhere, we’re transported to the flower gardens, little stone paths and imposing beech trees at the beautiful Dumbarton Oaks estate in the USA. This is Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw’s Plan & Elevation. Dmitri Shostakovich’s tour-de-force Chamber Symphony stands in stark contrast – a gut-wrenching musical rollercoaster that packs a devastating emotional punch for seasoned concert-goers and first time audiences alike. The show opens with You Know Me From Here by Missy Mazzoli, a firebrand Brooklyn composer described by NPR as “the 21st century’s gatecrasher of new classical music”.

To hear a string orchestra going full pelt is a full-body experience. To hear one led by Kuusisto is something else altogether.

Oliver Leith’s new work has been co-commissioned by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and is supported by the British Council.

Age Guidance

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old.