Old Instruments, New Ideas.

Manchester Baroque is a new musical group dedicated to performing the music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. True to the traditions of Manchester as the world’s original modern city, we will create concerts that are more than just music; helping audiences to understand our vision, creating talking points, but above all playing in a style that brings this music back to life. Manchester Baroque will be led by Dr Pauline Nobes, one of Europe’s foremost specialists in historical performance, who is undertaking new research into Manchester’s musical history.


The Music That Made Manchester: Manchester’s Musik 1744/5 Project.

2019 will see the launch of a project to re-create the 1744/5 concert series of Manchester’s “Musick”, perhaps the earliest documented classical music series performed in the city.  Over the next two years Manchester Baroque will explore the repertoire of these Manchester Musick  programmes  of 1744/5, starting with our debut concert on Saturday 9th February 2019. For more information click here.

Manchester Baroque is committed to bringing new insights and ideas to this old music, the performance of which prefigures the growth of the great industrial city Manchester was to become.

 To learn more about Manchester Baroque, Manchester Musick’s 1744/5 programme, the research being undertaken by Artistic Director, Pauline Nobes or to speak with her, please contact us via the website.


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Dr Pauline Nobes
Artistic Director

Baroque violinist, Pauline Nobes, is recognised as one of Europe’s foremost specialists in historical performance practice. For many years she worked with ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique playing in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, participating in over 100 CD productions. As concertmaster, she has led; The Academy of Ancient Music, the Kölner Akademie and Musica Antiqua Köln. In addition to her much loved chamber music Pauline currently leads Das Neue Orchester and is a member of the Dresdner Festpielorchester.

Pauline is Professor for Baroque violin at the Musikhochschule in Würzburg (Germany), has a longstanding teaching appointment at The Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, Great Britain) and has been recently awarded the position of Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University (South Africa.)

In 2001 Pauline Nobes attained her Ph.D in music. Substantial research and music editing highlight the unaccompanied solo violin repertory and related string techniques before 1750, the subject of her doctoral studies, various articles and her solo violin CD The Unaccompanied Solo Violin: Vilsmayr and Noguiera.

Unusually, Pauline started her musical life as a brass player. She was awarded her ARCM diploma in trumpet performance at the early age of 17. These beginnings are not forgotten: she has recorded the solo trumpet role in Beethoven's Leonore with Sir John Eliot Gardiner‘s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantiqueafter succesful concert tours including Salzburg’s Festspielhaus and New York’s Lincoln Centre.


Harvey Davies

Harvey Davies began playing piano before he was three and studied harpsichord with David Francis at RNCM. He was a chorister at New College Oxford. Whilst at Oxford Harvey took part in a range of early music before gaining  a top Music Scholarship to Marlborough College. 

 Harvey studied the piano with Helen Davies and David Parkhouse before going to Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1983 to 1987. Harvey is established as a fine chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, Alfie Boe, Rebecca Evans, Catrin Finch, Evelyn Glennie, Emma Johnson, Guy Johnston, and Jennifer Pike. From 1998 Harvey toured the Middle East regularly with finalists from the BBC Young Musician of the Year for Penny Adie Productions.

Harvey has a longstanding interest in early and classical music. He has a chamber music series in Didsbury and Chapel-en-le-Frith with his  group The Pleyel Ensemble. Comprising some of the UK’s leading instrumentalists, the Pleyels are indulging their interests in performing lesser-known 18th century especially that of Ignaz Pleyel. Recent projects include performing all of Mozart’s works for keyboard and violin with Sarah Ewins and the complete Haydn piano trios with Sarah and Heather Bills, an ongoing series.

Harvey is a founder member of Ensemble Cymru, a ground-breaking chamber group in North Wales. They was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2006 and continues to receive acclaim for their innovative work in education as well as their concert performances.

Harvey is a Teaching Fellow in Historical Performance and staff pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music and has worked as a harpsichordist with a number of orchestras including Manchester Camerata, and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He lives in Manchester with his wife, the cellist Heather Bills. 


Manchester Baroque is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales.The Board of Directors is comprised as follows: Jessica Bowles, Mike Emmerich (Chair), Lucy Makinson and Clive Memmott. Registered Charity, No. 1181935.