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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

Past event | Sunday 29 September 2019
Project 6

Formed in Spring 2018, Project 6 aims to promote the beauty and the distinctive sound world of male-voice ensemble singing. The group, with all the singers coming from the RNCM, enjoys the versatility of performing different music, ranging from the Medieval and Renaissance to the contemporary arrangements of folklore, R&B and jazz music, at the finest quality. It started its debut at an RNCM Spotlight Concert: The Antique Relique in March 2018, and made appearances at the Monday Lunchtime Recital Series at the RNCM, Whitworth Sunday Concerts and RNCM Day of Song 2019 with huge acclaim.

Past event | Sunday 13 October 2019
Bark Duo

Billy Proctor and Mark Leighton are both under the tutelage of the highly acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogdon at the RNCM. They share an interest for chamber music and have created a unique programme featuring original arrangements of impressionistic music by the likes of Debussy and Rachmaninov.

Past event | Sunday 27 October 2019
Nexus Duo

The Nexus Duo is an emerging ensemble comprising Andrew Birse (violin) and Chloe Randall (cello) who have played chamber music together in various guises since 2016. Starting as a piano quintet, then a piano trio, they decided to seek out works for violin and cello and have been performing as a string duo ever since. In various venues from concert halls to more unorthodox environments they present imaginative programmes, often including folk music from their homes in Scotland as well as baroque, late romantic, 20th century and contemporary works.

Past event | Sunday 17 November 2019
Chameleon Wind Quartet

Chameleon is a multi-instrumental, award-winning, woodwind quartet that was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016. All members double on at least one other instrument, meaning the group has a unique sound and set-up and the musicians often change instruments mid piece. They are passionate about creating innovative music and are proud to arrange all their repertoire themselves. They are Live Music Now artists and June Emerson Launchpad prize winners. They have won several competitions including the Trevor Wye woodwind competition (2017) and Brodsky Prize (2018) and were awarded the audience prize and highly commended for the Chris Rowland Chamber Music Prize (2017).

Sunday 1 December 2019
Apex Brass

Apex Brass is a brass quintet formed of talented musicians based in Manchester. All studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, the group consists of Ben Jarvis and Tom Watts on Trumpet, Robert Mehlig on French Horn, Charlotte Horsfield on Trombone and Harry Beach on Tuba. Apex came together at the start of October 2018, and made their maiden performance in the RNCM’s Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition in June. Despite stiff competition, Apex won the contest, and therefore gained entry to the Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award, a celebration of the best chamber ensembles at the college. Described as ‘stylish and convincing… showing depth, vitality and ensemble character’ at the Christopher Rowland Award Competition, Apex has taken great strides in less than a year. They hope to expand their repertoire further, and look forward to sharing their passion for chamber music at this Sunday Concert at the Whitworth.


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, phone 07929 162563 or email