Chetham’s trained singer and pianist Olivia Chaney graduated from the Royal Academy of Music before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium. Carving out her own voice in London as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, she delved back to the folk music that inspired many of her favourite musicians and composers.
Olivia Chaney signed to Nonesuch Records in New York, joining idols such as Philip Glass, Joni Mitchell and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She has since released two full-length solo albums, a collaboration with Kronos Quartet, and a record with The Decemberists, which received a Grammy nomination.
Her most recent solo album Shelter has been described as ‘A big, beautiful new record’ (Mojo), a ‘finely wrought piece of work’ (Observer), and ‘a transcendent refuge from the storm.’ (Uncut). Combining her love of Baroque harmony, modernist minimalism, and the earthiness of folk, she creates music that is both rapturous and melancholic, nostalgic and contemporary. ‘Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she’s radical.’ (New York Times). Olivia returns to Manchester with her regular collaborator, composer/multi-instrumentalist Jordan Hunt, bringing her moving, eclectic compositions and original interpretations of song.
20% discount for audiences aged 65+, students and under 19s
Join Olivia in a masterclass with young musicians: free with your recital ticket on Wednesday 27 March at 11am
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