Saturday 23 May

Workshop: Singing in Circles - rounds from around the world

An informal workshop for people of all singing abilities, which offers you the chance to explore your voice, have fun with it, and experience the joy of singing in harmony with other people. All songs are taught by ear, so no music reading skills required.

Chorlton Library meeting room  |  11.30am–1.30pm  |  Free


The Flick Children’s Cinema: Ratatouille

See Flick Film Festival.

St Clement’s Church Youth Centre  |  11am–1pm  |  £2 per child or adult



Music at Lunchtime: Mike Hall and Dan Whieldon

Spontaneous interaction is the key ingredient of this wellestablished jazz partnership, from delicate exchanges on reinterpreted ballads to working up a musical lather in faster pieces. Mike and Dan draw from a broad range of material and explore the full potential of the saxophone and piano duo. Mike Hall is a tutor in Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Dan Whieldon is the winner of the 2008 Nottingham National Jazz Piano Competition.

St Clement’s Church  |  1–2pm  |  Free


Art in the Park

Full details in Visual Arts

Beech Road Park  |  2–5pm  |  Free



Courtney Pine: Transition in Tradition

What better way to end the ninth Chorlton Arts Festival than in the company of one of the UK’s most prestigious jazz musicians. Courtney Pine, recently awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to music, comes to Chorlton as part of a celebratory tour marking the release of his eagerly anticipated 12th album, Transition in Tradition. The album, released on Pine’s own label, Destin-E World Records, is a homage to the first great saxophone player, Sidney Bechet and marks several new forays into sound for this ground-breaking musician.

Courtney Pine is considered by many to be the UK jazz musician of his generation and he joins us tonight with his award-winning UK band, featuring Robert Fordjour (Drums), Darren Taylor (Bass), Zoe Rahman (Piano), Omar Puente (Violin) and Cameron Pierre (Guitar), for what promises to be a breathtaking Festival finale.

CDs will be on sale at the end of the evening.

‘Pine is superb.’ The Guardian
‘Top of his form.’ The Independent
‘...both smart and swinging... Hugely entertaining.....’ The Times
‘Pine serves up a Creole gumbo of Caribbean, Latin and African flavours with the nuanced power to restore the most jaded jazz palate.....the Jazz Warrior succeeds in broadening our minds as well as our ears.’ BBC Music Magazine
‘...Laden with memorable melodies, his best album since his 1986 debut.’ Observer Music Monthly

Grant Thornton is proud to sponsor the Chorlton Arts Festival for the first time, bringing you what promises to be a memorable performance from the legendary Courtney Pine. At Grant Thornton we believe that participation in the arts brings communities together. Chorlton Arts Festival has, over the last nine years, encouraged diverse community participation in the arts, and established itself as a real highlight in the south Manchester community calendar. We are therefore delighted to offer our support and look forward to another successful event in 2009.

St Clement’s Church  |  7.30pm  |  £20/£18
all tickets must be paid for in advance
To place an order email

Please note: There will be no tickets available on the door for this event.


Chorlton Arts Festival Last Night Party

We continue our celebrations at our last night party, hosted by sponsors The Lloyds Hotel, with fabulous food, and music to take us into the early hours from six-piece jazz and swing band, Shakedown.

The Lloyds Hotel  |  10pm–1am  |  Free


Rare as a green Dog Band Night

If you haven’t had enough yet you can spend the rest of the evening in the company of Rare as a Green Dog, which closes our Festival Focus series. Rare as a Green Dog came to Manchester via Chorlton-based caro snatch, and acts as a platform for those that "dare to be rare". An audio-visual extravaganza, this evening’s entertainment will see dedicated Manchester bands, DJ, VJ and poetry action. Line-up includes Bottomfeeders, Cheyenne, Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop, Mz Milly, Doodlebug, caro snatch and Rebellious Jukebox DJs .

St John’s Parish Centre  |  9pm onwards  |  £3


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