In a bold and unprecedented step, the innovative Manchester Camerata has taken part in a new musical experiment that has seen it team up with DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the original DJs behind the unique Haçienda club sound, to create spin club classics in full harmony with the live orchestra, alongside vocals from the AMC Choir and special guests. Manchester Camerata embraced the Hacienda Classical project right from the start showing great respect for the Hacienda's legacy and displaying a shared love of Manchester's music and people.
The resulting collision of seminal dance music and orchestral instrumentation has breathed new life into club anthems such as 'Blue Monday', 'Voodoo Ray', 'Good Life' and 'Ride On Time'. Other tracks featured in the live set and on the resultant 'Haçienda Classical' album, to be released on October 21st by Sony Classical, include 'Strings of Life', 'Move Your Body' and Rowetta's stunning new take on 'You Got The Love'.
The classical-meets-club concept was an instant success as many thousands immediately snapped up tickets to shows at London's Royal Albert Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, all selling out in minutes. With many requests for a recorded version of the concert, the brand-new studio album has been executive produced by The Haçienda, Joy Division and New Order co-founder, Peter Hook, together with producer Phil Murphy. The release of this innovative and eagerly anticipated album will allow fans to enjoy the Haçienda Classiçal experience as a recording for the very first time.
Peter Hook, Executive Producer, noted:
"This is one of the most challenging journeys I've ever undertaken in my musical career, both the live shows and putting the album together. But now looking back and listening to the recording, all the hard work has paid off."
Tim Crooks, Musical Director, commented; "Manchester has amazing musicians, DJs, producers and orchestras but they seldom collaborate. It's rare that you get to do a project that celebrates this diversity. Combining classical musicians with DJs, singers and Latin percussionists was always a risk but the collective will to succeed and the sheer sense of fun, have driven this project beyond Manchester to new audiences, young and old."
Bob Riley, CEO, Manchester Camerata, added: 'Mad as a box of frogs someone called it! That first seed of an idea has grown into a UK tour, C4 documentary, CD and DVD and inspired tens of thousands of people. We've learnt a huge amount. It's made a lasting impact on what Camerata does. Most of all, it's demonstrated the innovation, diversity and collaboration, which is the hallmark of Manchester. We're proud to be leading that through this project.'