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  • Neil Dimelow

Mahler in Manchester

Mahler in Manchester marked the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The BBC and Halle Orchestras, Manchester Camerata and the Bridgewater Hall joined forces to celebrate Gustav Mahler. All of Mahler's symphonies were performed. I attended each of the performances and produced a drawing in response to each one.

Mahler’s music is emotionally charged. It is autobiographical and deeply personal. His music is also full of contrasting colours and textures which I feel are reminiscent of our city streets, parks, canals, rivers, shops, bars, squares and hospitals. Each place I chose to draw has a strong personal connection evoked by the music.