holding hands / Article XI

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A double-bill featuring some of the most exciting improvisers from around the UK, in two large ensembles.

holding hands is a new octet split between Norwich and London, that explores the relationship between the UK and US through orchestrated samples and pieces by the two Norwich based co-leaders – trumpeter Chris Dowding and saxophonist Rob Milne.

Emerging from this process is a soundworld of lush brass textures and post-minimalist vibraphone patterns, held together by electronics from several of the group, which also features saxophonist Dee Byrne, trombonist Raph Clarkson and tuba player Ben Higham.

Article XI is led by Manchester-based guitarist Anton Hunter, and the project was instigated by a commission from Manchester Jazz Festival, and was inspired by Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

This 11-piece includes improvisers from around the UK, including saxophonist Cath Roberts, double bassist Seth Bennett and trumpeter Graham South. Anton has released two albums with the group, including a recent live album on the Discus Music label. As well as leading this group and his trio, Anton performs in Cath Roberts’ Sloth Racket and the Beats and Pieces Big Band.


“Grand, sweeping charts and modal moods that nonetheless find ample room for individual voices to be heard” The Wire on Article XI

“An absorbing and intriguing evening of uncompromising music making at the interface where the composed and the spontaneous conjoin to rewarding effect.” The Jazz Mann, Birmingham on Article XI

Important information

Age guidance: All ages welcome

Duration: 1 hr 45 mins, including interval

Accessibility: The venue is appropriate for wheelchair users and those with assistance dogs. There will be one section of visuals, with the newly commissioned piece, ‘Critical Time’ (15mins) by holding hands.


This event is Pay What You Want, the prices available to select from are:
Free, £5, £10, £15, £25

Booking must be for one household or bubble for all in person events.

There will be staggered entry times for this event to ensure audiences can enter safely.

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We encourage you to book digital, e-tickets to all the events you’re booking for this year.


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25 May

08:00 pm

£5.00 - £25.00

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