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We are already buzzing for Friday’s world premiere of John Luther Adams’s Prophecies of Stone – performed by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni at Bridgewater Hall.

Listen to the Grammy award-winning composer’s back catalogue, starting with his first exploration of sonic geography in Earth and the Great Weather (1994).

Sonic Geography is an evening of music inspired by the climate crisis, which includes Prophecies of Stone as well as new commissions by Ailís Ní Ríain and Alissa Firsova.


On Saturday 8 July, renowned Pakistani folk and Sufi singer Sanam Marvi makes her MIF debut in the Hall.

Sanam is a titan of Sufi music, revered throughout Pakistan and beyond. Singing in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Saraiki, she offers a uniquely beautiful interpretation of Sufi poetry.

Watch this video for a sneak peek of Sanam’s unbelievable vocal range.


You’re spoilt for choice this evening with Manchester’s very own polymath DJ, composer and producer Afrodeutsche taking over the Hall. She debuts a thrilling new composition performed by Manchester Camerata and conducted by Robert Ames.

Not got tickets? Head to Festival Square, where Dr Cheddar Gorgeous is in conversation with pop icon Peaches. Stay on for live music from the Berlin-based producer Planningtorock.

See the full Festival Square schedule here.

A portrait photo of Afrodeutsche.
A picture of mountains against a blue sky


Not familiar with John Luther Adams and his fascination with sonic geography? Read this introduction by BBC Music Magazine.

Rebecca Franks explores his musical journey via the Alaskan wilderness, Taylor Swift and The Revenant. This is a life story you don’t want to miss.

Rebecca Franks | John Luther Adams

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