We're chuffed to bits to announce an exclusive free spoken word gig with award-winning Manchester poet Mike Garry and the Cassia String Quartet in the Hatch courtyard on Thursday 14th June.
One of the North’s most powerful poetic voices, Mike Garry has worked with artists from John Cooper Clarke to Iggy Pop, but it was his collaboration with the Cassia String Quartet which earned him a number one single in the UK charts with their ‘Ode To Saint Anthony’.
Mike’s iconic poem — a tribute to Anthony Wilson — has become a beloved eulogy to one of Manchester’s most important musical figures, and as part of a collaboration with the Cassia String Quartet, composer Joe Duddell and a host of famous faces, topped the UK singles chart raising money for The Christie Hospital.
You can watch the video to Saint Anthony here:
Now Mike has teamed up with the quartet again for a reprisal of their magical partnership, as Mike’s powerful words are put to music on an album of newly composed tracks – all written, composed and recorded by Mike and the Cassia String Quartet musicians.
The Cassia String Quartet are a young, passionate, talented, classically trained, award-winning group of musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They formed in 2010, born out of a passion for the string quartet repertoire. Recipients
of the 2013 Musiciens Entre Guerre et Paix Award from the International Académie Ravel, they were finalists in the Trinity Laban Intercollegiate Competition and winners of the 2013 Nossek String Quartet Prize. They have also worked with New Order (alongside Mike), plus The Charlatans and Daughter.
The Hatch concert will be Mike Garry’s only performance of the year with the Quartet in Manchester, ahead of the release of their anticipated new album later this year.
Image credit: Rupert Russell