“Manchester Collective’s mission is to create radical, human experiences through music, for everyone. They certainly achieved that this evening. ★★★★★” - North West End

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“She portrayed the protagonist of the piece as someone on the verge of insanity, of a person in-between a state of sleep and awakening. Using the bed as a prop, she climbed over and around it, gripping a pillow as though she was dismembering limbs, wrapping the covers tightly around her and switching tone and timbre as the words of Giraud became ever more savage and despairing... Gripped by both the movement, sounds and words, Pierrot Lunaire was unsettling, at times uncomfortable, and yet thoroughly visceral and mesmeric. Manchester Collective and all involved can be safe in the knowledge of making one feel out of one’s comfort zone in a most edifying way”- Get into this

“an imaginative and theatrically presented realisation of an iconic score.”- Manchester Classical Music

“The Manchester Collective should be proud of what was an informative and provocative performance. While Pierrot Lunaire is a highly distressing, disturbing marriage of intense music and haunting poetry, there is something strangely comforting about it… this presentation of Schoenberg’s work is full-bloodied and, in these turbulent times of Brexit and Trump, is perhaps the ultimate soundtrack to the world of 2018.” - Number 9


Alker Deconstructing Pierrot
Pierrot Lunaire


Lotte Betts-Dean Mezzo-soprano
Elizabeth Alker Presenter
Timothy Burke Conductor
Emma Doherty Director
David Pountney Libretto
+ Manchester Collective

Pierrot Lunaire is one of the most controversial and polarising pieces of music ever written. It’s a nasty piece of work: 21 songs about madness, death, sex, dreams, and trauma. The script is surreal and unsettling, and the music is wild, beautiful, and strange.

In this unique staged show, set over the course of one night and built around a stark set consisting of a single four poster bed, Manchester Collective brings Pierrot Lunaire to life. The show features a brand new English translation, a world class line up of artists, and a deep dive into the darkest corners of the piece, guided by NTS/BBC 6 Music broadcaster, Elizabeth Alker.

Tour Dates

Newcastle / Thu 15 Nov 2018
Cobalt Studios
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Manchester / Fri 16 Nov 2018
Royal Northern College of Music
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Hull / Sat 17 Nov 2018
Trinity Market
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Belfast / Tue 20 Nov 2018
The Sonic Lab
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Leeds / Thu 22 Nov 2018
Leeds Town Hall
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Liverpool / Fri 23 Nov 2018
Invisible Wind Factory
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Salford / Sat 24 Nov 2018
The White Hotel
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