Anna Meredith: FIBS with the RNCM Festival Orchestra

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8 Jul 2023

Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PY

Age Guidance: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes approx.


Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

The powerhouse composer was joined by the Royal Northern College of Music Festival Orchestra for this one-off spectacular.

Art pop? Contemporary classical? Experimental rock? Anna Meredith’s electrifying sound can’t be defined.

As a composer, producer and performer, Anna has taken the orchestral world by storm, commanding the stage; whether it’s Hollywood Bowl or the Last Night of the Proms. And, for MIF23, Manchester International Festival and the Royal Northern College of Music welcomed her for a sensational performance of Mercury Prize-shortlisted album FIBS.

Swapping concert halls for Manchester’s iconic Depot Mayfield, Anna and her band were joined by the Royal Northern College of Music Festival Orchestra for this genre-bending show conducted by Robert Ames. Bringing together contemporary classical, art pop, techno and experimental rock, FIBS was infectious, joyous and exhilarating. With new arrangements by Ben Corrigan and Robert Ames, this was music made for a giant space.

Those who arrived early were treated to a specially-selected set featuring some of the RNCM’s emerging classical/pop crossover artists, as the College celebrated five decades of innovative music-making.

Image: Gem Harris



Electronics, keyboards, clarinet, percussion, vocals, Anna Meredith

Guitar, vocals, Jack Ross

Drums, vocals, Sam Wilson

Cello, vocals, Maddie Cutter

Tuba, vocals, Hanna Mbuya

Visuals, Ewan Jones Morris

Sound engineer, Simon Hendry

Conductor, Robert Ames

RNCM Festival Orchestra


Presented by RNCM in association with Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Access Information

The full address of the venue is Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PY

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Depot Mayfield has level access, but being an old warehouse with a concrete floor, there is some uneven flooring.

Temperatures are cool inside the space.

The event was set up as a standing event, though there was designated seating/wheelchair space provision for those who needed them.

Toilet facilities were available, including accessible toilets.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Depot Mayfield. If you are bringing your assistance dog to Depot Mayfield, please be mindful that there will be high noise levels at some events.

For more information about the venue please visit Accessibility - Royal Northern College of Music (

Travel Information

The closest stations to Mayfield Depot are:

Manchester Piccadilly station: 0.2 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.9 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 1.1 miles

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

Piccadilly Gardens Bus Terminal: 0.6 miles

Chorlton Street Bus Station: 0.5 miles

There are 30 bike parking spaces at Piccadilly Station, Fairfield Street, Manchester M1 2PH

The nearest accessible NCP Car Parks to Mayfield Depot are Minshull Street and Sheffield Street.

Minshull Street - 0.5 miles away from Mayfield Depot

Sheffield Street - 0.2 miles away from Mayfield Depot

The closest parking bays to Mayfield Depot are on Chorlton street, opposite Churchills Pub (7 Bays)

Chorlton street - 0.5 miles away from Mayfield Depot

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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