Classical concert series in clubs returns to Birmingham after sold-out debut

After presenting Sheku Kanneh-Mason in Digbeth last December, through the noise today announced a return to Birmingham for a series of shows later this year. This autumn’s newly announced line-up features Fatma Said, Manchester Collective, Abel Selaocoe & The Bantu Ensemble, Alexandra Whittingham, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Thibaut Garcia, Lodestar Trio, Junyan Chen, Braimah Kanneh-Mason and Jeneba Kanneh-Mason. Among the Birmingham venues hosting classical shows are The Mill and Mama Roux’s in Digbeth, and Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.

First, through the noise start a new collaboration with Manchester Collective, who make their Birmingham debut in October with a mix of music featuring Bach, Reich, and Julia Wolfe’s Lad. Next up, Abel Selacocoe & The Bantu Ensemble will play one of their biggest shows yet at The Mill Digbeth, followed by the award-winning folk-classical crossover band Lodestar Trio who come to Digbeth for a noisenight in late November.

This is a significant milestone for the community-led organisation, which began less than two years ago in grassroots venues around London. Building on the success of their sold-out tour last year with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Harry Baker, through the noise are now launching regular noisenights in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Brighton and London. Between October and December through the noise will take no less than five projects on tour around the UK, and by the end of the year it is expected that over 25,000 people will have been to a noisenight following demand from a young fanbase.

noisenights take international classical musicians to local venues around the country using a unique crowdfunding model, which puts concert plans to local communities for support in return for tickets. Each event is confirmed once it reaches its crowdfunding target. Tapping into the pre-existing audiences of the UK’s thriving gig venues, noisenights aim to reach audiences that might otherwise not have access to high-calibre live classical performers. So far 42 of the 44 noisenight setshave sold-out.

through the noise Co-founder and Artistic Director Jack Bazalgette said:

“Today is an exciting turning point for us: after two years of steadily growing demand for our grassroots classical gigs in London and our first sold-out tours, we’ve decided to take the plunge and bring regular noisenights to audiences from Brighton to Glasgow via Birmingham. We’re so grateful for the committed support of our community of classical fans, who continue to allow us to take international names to community venues around the country, and we can’t wait to present this awe-inspiring line up of musicians. Every single performer we’re hosting has the rare power to move and inspire people, and I can’t wait to give Birmingham audiences the chance to experience them up close”

Adam Szabo, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Manchester Collective said:

This season Manchester Collective are breaking all kinds of new ground, and will see our very first collaboration with the fantastic team at through the noise. Their shows have brought brilliant, bolshy, virtuosic live music to new audiences across the country, and we can’t wait to present three special performances of LAD together. Bring the noise!”