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About us

We are a multifaceted ensemble, making new music and telling stories through creative collaborations with artists from a broad range of genres in the concert hall and the community.

Formed in 2014 by two members of the BBC Philharmonic, we aim to explore and create new music in a way that is relevant to all. Our carefully crafted recitals and community work facilitate creative music-making, storytelling and free expression through structured and improvised sound, giving everyone the chance to experience new music, their music, either made by them or for them.


Gary Farr
Founder and Director

Trumpet, improviser, workshop leader

Gemma Bass
Founder and Director

Violin, improviser, workshop leader

Naomi Tattum

Artist, producer, project manager

Regular Members


Composer, electronic musician, trombonist, field-recordist, DJ, improviser.

Anton Hunter

Guitarist, composer, improviser and recipient of the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival ‘mjf originals’ commission

Graham South

Trumpet, composer, improviser

Harry Percy

Percussion, improviser

Norman Skipp

Composer/sonic artist, video artist and online editor/compositor

Marianne Rawles

Clarinet, improviser

Cath Roberts

Saxophonist, composer, improviser

Caroline Pether

Violin, improviser

Ben Mellefont

Clarinet, improviser

Regular Collaborators

Gavin Osborn

Flute-player, composer, sound-artist & teacher

Animikii Theatre

A laboratory theatre company located in Manchester

The University of Manchester

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and the largest single-site university in the UK

Seed Studios

An arts and wellbeing organisation running music and media studios


Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera

Matrafisc Dance Company

A new Dance Company founded by Ina Colizza and Antonello Apicella.