Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
This event is a fundraiser for The Booth Centre in Manchester
The Booth Centre is an inspiring charity providing activities, advice and support for homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness, in Manchester. Its mission is to bring about positive change in their lives, and help them plan for and realise a better future for themselves.
The Centre is a vibrant, cheerful and colourful space which gives a warm welcome to around 80 visitors each weekday, 40% of whom will be sleeping rough on the streets. Visitors are offered a free breakfast and lunch, along with hot showers, toiletries, and the chance to talk about their problems and get advice on housing, finances and health issues. People are helped to move on to training, jobs or voluntary work when they are ready.
A wide range of activities give people the chance to have fun, find new interests, build confidence, and make positive relationships. They can help in the centre’s garden or kitchen, improve their computer skills or do woodwork, painting, creative writing and photography.
Drama and singing workshops are run in partnership with the Streetwise Opera. At Easter 2016, Booth Centre performers, including soloists, were part of an interpretation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, working alongside Harry Christophers, the Sixteen and James MacMillan, who wrote a new, upbeat finale for the piece, winning four star reviews in the national press.
The Hepton Singers continue our love affair with the work of contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan by performing his Missa Brevis at our concerts in November. At our first rehearsal we all agreed that it is an extraordinary and stunning piece, and we are very much looking forward to singing it. James MacMillan wrote this music when he was only 17 but his inherent musicality, the clarity of his writing and the depth of his faith bring an unusual maturity to the work. We shall accompany it with motets and other sacred pieces by James MacMillan himself, the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Antonio Lotti, in what promises to be a contemplative and inspirational concert, not to be missed.