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Friends of the Whitworth: Sunday Concerts

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester perform in the Grand Hall.

Friends of the Whitworth: Sunday Concerts

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester perform in our South Gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park.

Friends of the Whitworth present a series of free Sunday Concerts that are open to all. At 3pm on selected Sunday afternoons, students from the Royal Northern College of Music perform in our South Gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park. Past concerts have included classical flamenco guitar to contemporary flute. There really is something for all tastes and ages. Each concert will last around 45 minutes, and you can feel free to drop in and out.

The concerts are arranged entirely by Friends of the Whitworth

All concerts start at 3pm
Free, no need to book

Sunday 14 April - Brass Quartet Menine.
This concert is part of the Brass Quartet Menine Easter tour.

Sunday 12 May - Zorya Duo
The Zorya Guitar Duo, Antonio Peršak and Borna Kuća, perform a wide range of repertoire from early Renaissance to Contemporary music. However, much of the duo's energy has been directed towards performing Baroque and Balkan music, a style of music that is traditional to their country. This Sunday Concert will include repertoire for 2 guitars as well as for guitar and mandolin. The programme will include works by Ivanovic, Pasieczny and Macedonian traditional.

Sunday 19 May - All Saints Brass
All Saints Brass is a Manchester-based quintet formed at the RNCM in 2016. Despite only being together for two years, the group has grown significantly in both experience and style, fusing an eclectic range of genres. Highlights include: opening the RNCM Festival of Brass, a recital at the Buxton Opera House and a performance in St. John’s Smith Square for the biennial intercollegiate brass spectacular. The group is also delighted to have earned a place in the prestigious Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition this summer. The programme will include works by Lutoslawski, André Previn and Leslie Pearson.

Sunday 2 June – Daphne Duo
The Daphne Duo, formed in 2017, consists of Marcus Forster (guitar) and Oscar Tabor (violin), both currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The duo plays a wide range of styles, ranging from tangos and Eastern European Folk, to contemporary and more traditional classical repertoire. They will bring a varied and exciting performance, with something to pique the interest of every musical taste bud.

Sunday 16 June - Karski String Quartet
Karski Quartet was founded in 2018 by violinists Kaja Nowak and Natalia Kotarba, violinist and violist Diede Verpoest and cellist Julia Kotarba. Currently the ensemble is studying on the String Quartet Studio programme at the RNCM, working closely with violinist Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and members of the RNCM’s Chamber Music faculty. They will perform for you the G major string quartet by Antonín Dvořák, written in 1895 and considered "not only one of Dvořák’s most mature chamber works, but also one of the leading examples of absolute music in Europe at that time" (

Sunday 30 June - Septentrion Duo
Join harpists Alice Roberts and Kathryn Mason, both under the tutelage of the highly acclaimed Eira Lynn Jones, for a relaxed afternoon of music. The Septentrion Duo are well-established and have performed widely over the course of their time at the RNCM. They are known for their broad range of repertoire including arrangements written by Alice Roberts herself, as well as exciting contemporary music for two harps.


Musicians provided by RNCM

Would you like to join our team of volunteers to help with publicity etc. on the day?

Please contact: Rosemary Aikman Bull: 07929 162563;