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In January 2018, amateur musicians from across the city came together to form the St. John’s Collective, a new initiative set up to engage the local community and inspire people to be creative with classical music. The Collective is a collaboration between property developer Allied London and Manchester Camerata.

Allied London and Manchester Camerata have announced the first public performance and social event for the St. John’ s Collective, to take place at the Old Granada Studios. The performance will also raise money in aid of Big Change, a charity which Allied London has long supported, who are working to make it easier for people who are homeless to get the help they need.

Led by Allied London’s Jonathan Raine and mentored by musicians from Manchester Camerata, the group has been meeting regularly at Old Granada Studios over the past four months to work on a series of new pieces by emerging young composers.  All of the music has been specially written for the Collective and is inspired by the city, its buildings and its people in a very unique way.

Jonathan Raine, Corporate Director for Allied London, said, “This project has been two years in the making, and it’s been a pleasure to work with so many enthusiastic musicians who’ve joined us from all over Manchester to be a part of it. The St. John’s Collective has demonstrated the city’s creativity and the power of something new and innovative. I look forward to sharing this on the 26th and working with everyone to continue the Collective in some form into the future.”

Bob Riley, Chief Executive of Manchester Camerata, commented, “Manchester Camerata is delighted to partner with Allied London for this event and to be part of the creative community which will be St. John’s. Working with members of the St. John’ s Collective, Jonathan, and our talented students from the University of Manchester has been enormous fun, and I can’ t wait to hear them all perform.”

The informal event is your chance to hear the Collective for the first time in public and to meet the people involved in this project. The evening will feature the premier of Jonathan Raine’s Symphony of Enterprise together with works from University of Manchester students Max Bilbe, Pierre Flasse, Will Frampton, Dom Matthews and Dan Nolan. It promises to be a very special celebration of Manchester’s creativity and the future of St. John’s as a new neighbourhood of enterprise and culture. 

The event is free, but registration is required with a suggested donation of £10 per person. All proceeds will go directly to Big Change as part of Allied London’s commitment to tackle homelessness in Manchester.

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St. John's Collective at the Old Granada Studios
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St. John's Collective at the Old Granada Studios

Allied London and Manchester Camerata have announced the first public performance and social event for the St. John’ s Collective, to take place at the Old Granada Studios.

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