Psappha is delighted to celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year. In the past 25 years we have supported many hundreds of composers and inspired audiences across the world with new music made in the heart of Manchester by world class musicians. Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and music of the 20th and 21st centuries. We have an extensive and varied repertoire of hundreds of works and a reputation for technical assurance and interpretive flair.
We are unique in our artistic offering as the North of England's only stand-alone, professional contemporary classical music ensemble. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation. Psappha is based at St Michael's, the former Italian Chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.
Sir Peter Maxell Davies was our Patron for 20 years until his death in March 2016 and was Psappha's inspiration. We gave a special 80th birthday concert for Max in Manchester in 2014 and we have performed much of his chamber repertoire including the award-winning music-theatre work Mr Emmet Takes a Walk which he wrote for Psappha in 2000.
Psappha has appeared throughout the UK, featuring regularly at most of the country's major music festivals and has made highly successful tours to North and South America, Australia, and throughout Europe, also appearing in the United States and Hong Kong through residencies at Princeton University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Psappha launched its own CD label in 2004 and has released seven recordings, most recently a unique, limited edition vinyl recording supervised by Peter Maxwell Davies of his iconic Eight Songs for a Mad King.
We support composers at all stages of their careers, offering a range of opportunities to work with our expert musicians as well as a number of online film-based resources; Composition Lab supports GCSE and A-level music and Psappha Kids supports the music curriculum for 7 to 11 year-olds.
Psappha continually seeks to develop new audiences and break fresh ground. Through our websites we provide more than 100 free-to-view films of live performances. Our YouTube Channel had over 31,000 views in the last 12 months making us one of Europe's leading providers of new music online.