Bag Of Bones | Future Yard


We are delighted to be teaming up with Manchester Collective again on their new season of shows, as we bring some of their incredible touring shows to Birkenhead. On 9th February we’re delighted to welcome a world premiere of new work by award-winning vocalist, violinist and composer Alice Zawadzki. Bag Of Bones is a theatrical, folkloric new commission for this season of Manchester Collective shows, couched in a night of music selected by Alice and MC’s musical director Rakhi Singh. Composer and performer Daniel Thorne will also be performing on the night as support.

The ink is not yet dry on this one. This is new music at its most thrilling, dangerous and cathartic.

Manchester Collective shows are renowned for their incredible atmospheres and intense experiences. Their musicians bring new life to classic arrangements and present brand new compositions from contemporary artists who break the walls between classical and modern worlds.

Tickets on sale now (see below for details).


Take a pinch of a romantic song cycle, stir in some studio theatre and a touch of jazz, then filter the whole thing through a hessian sack of deep, dark Central European folklore… and you might be somewhere in the region of Bag Of Bones, Alice Zawadzki’s bewitching new project for Manchester Collective.

Leading a cross-breed ensemble comprising keys, accordion, percussion and strings, Zawadzki has created a deeply personal piece of music theatre that grapples with the cultural history and inherited stories that run back through her life to her Polish roots.

There are no sweet jazz songs in this landscape, but somehow, lightness always finds a way through the dark. Brand new music sits alongside a set curated by Alice and the Collective – a set that is still evolving as the work finds its final form.

Alice Zawadzki’s new work is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations.

Support for this show comes from Daniel Thorne, a composer and saxophonist fascinated by the infinite shades of possibility that exist between the notions of acoustic and electronic, composition and improvisation. Daniel is the co-founder of Immix Ensemble and has collaborated with the likes of Forest Swords, Vessel, and Luke Abott.

Bag Of Bones


Alice Zawadzki Voice
Rakhi Singh Music Director
Charles Kieny Accordion
Bruno Heinen Keyboard
Sammy Singh Violin
Carol Ella Viola
Nick Trygstad Cello


Alice Zawadzki Bag Of Bones – World Premiere
Additional music by Cassandra Miller, Maurice Ravel and more

7pm – Show doors open
7.30 – Daniel Thorne
8.30 – Manchester Collective
9.45 – Artist Q&A
10pm – Show ends

Manchester Collective presents
Bag Of Bones
+ Daniel Thorne
Thursday 9th February 2023
Performance starts promptly at 7.30pm
75 Argyle Street
Tickets £5 / £12 / £15
Mixed seating and standing

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
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