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Haçienda Goes Classical

Manchester's experimental orchestra are to collaborate with Mike Pickering & Graeme Park...

FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, are to collaborate with Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, the DJs who shaped The Haçienda’s sound, to present “Haçienda Classical”, an evening of classic Haçienda tunes performed live by an orchestra in Manchester, the undisputed home of the UK acid house revolution.

“The passion,
romance and
energy of the
original house
masters has
stood the test
of time…”

The renowned DJs will select and perform a continuous set of signature Haçienda tracks alongside the 40 strong orchestra in an innovative live fusion event which will see The Bridgewater Hall transformed for the night by FAC 51.

This will be the first time that Haçienda DJs have performed with a live orchestra in a unique meeting of worlds.

“When I play a classic piece of late 80s or early 90s house I’m struck at how much more melody and musicality there is compared to many of today’s big dance tunes,” says Graeme.

“There’s lots of layers and depth for an orchestra to get involved in. The passion, romance and energy of the original house masters has stood the test of time and I think we’re going to blow some minds and take the euphoria of Nude nights at The Haçienda to a whole new mind blowing level. I really can’t wait.”

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Manchester Camerata is one of Europe’s best chamber orchestras, with a restless ambition to redefine what an orchestra can do. Renowned for dynamic performances and innovative collaborations, Camerata collaborates with a wide spectrum of artists from classical legends such as Martha Argerich to iconic bands like New Order. Manchester Camerata’s pioneering work in the community uses music to promote positive change and personal social development.

‘Manchester Camerata is renowned for eclectic collaborations, so we jumped at the chance when we were approached to work with Mike and Graeme,” says Manchester Camerata CEO, Bob Riley.

“Haçienda is synonymous with revolutionary dance music, so we’re looking forward to presenting a different take on that iconic sound.”


Friday 5th February 2016 – 7pm to 11pm

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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