MIRO Orchestra
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The Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) is a unique ensemble of musicians with roots from across the world including refugee musicians. Our repertoire skilfully combines diverse musical influences from haunting Eastern European melodies, to the delicate textures of Middle Eastern percussion and vocals; through to soulful Sufi chants of South Asia, joyful African gospel – embracing rap, hip-hop, classical music and jazz along the way.

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  • 03 Oct, 16:00 BST
    Levenshulme, Cromwell Grove, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3QE, UK
    MIRO Duo - Holly Marland on Kora/Voice and Michael Cretu on Double Bass will perform a wonderful mixture of Roma, African and World folk songs.
  • 21 Sept, 19:30
    Rotherham Civic Theatre, Catherine St, Rotherham S65 1EB, UK
    An intriguing exploration of spoken word, poetry, acting and new theatrical music, performed by artists from around the world. This will be a celebration of haw music has the power to remind us of who we are, reconnecting us to our roots.
  • 24 Jun, 22:00 BST – 25 Jun, 23:00 BST
    Manchester, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG, UK
    MIRO return to Gobe Fest, established in 2017 to celebrate the little-known culture and traditions of the Székler people – a group of ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania, which is part of Romania. The festival draws from across the Carpathian Basin region of Eastern and Central Europe.
  • 24 Jun, 19:00 BST – 25 Jun, 19:40 BST
    Exchange Square, Exchange Square, Manchester
    An intimate performance by our Musical Director Michael Cretu and Founding Member Holly Marland
  • 21 Jun, 19:30 – 22 Jun, 20:30
    Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Rd, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8BX
    Through music, poetry and storytelling, we’ll share how music helps our musicians through their lives, especially as they’ve settled in a new country. This will be a joyful celebration of how music has the power to remind us of who we are, reconnecting us with our roots.
  • 08 Jun, 18:00
    Gorton Monastery, Manchester M18 8BQ, UK
    We'll join Manchester Histories Festival's Opening Night. Launched by historian & broadcaster Michael Wood and will feature fantastic performances and films from young people who have responded creatively to climate change. Poet, Louise Wallwein will make a special appearance.
  • 19 May, 15:00
    Manchester Central Library, Library St. Peters Square, Manchester, GB M2 5PD
    Free event, just turn up!
  • 28 Apr, 15:00
    Manchester Central Library, Library St. Peters Square, Manchester, GB M2 5PD
    A free event, just turn up!
  • 10 Dec 2021, 19:30
    Sharon Youth Association, 118 Chorlton Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M15 4AN, UK
    Run in partnership with Sharon Youth Association, come and see what we've created in our Reconnecting via Creativity project alongside other talented local musicians.
  • 06 Dec 2021, 18:00 – 20:00
    Sharon Youth Association, 118 Chorlton Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M15 4AN, UK
  • 18 Nov 2021, 19:00
    Location is TBD
    Wole means "Come In" and the musicians of MIRO come together with Amani Creatives and Voices Beyond to create a special, unique concert where we welcome you to Come In and celebrate being able to make music together again. This concert is made possible by the support of GM IAI.
  • 05 Sept 2021, 17:00 – 18:00
    Manchester, Fennel St, Manchester, UK
    MIRO are delighted to return to Góbéfest, which this year runs from the 3rd to 5th of September. Full lineup here: https://gobefest.com/
  • 24 Jul 2021, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coventry, 10a St Nicholas St, Coventry CV1 4LY, UK
    A fun, informal afternoon of procession, storytelling and music presented by Walk the Plank and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Full details here: https://coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/creative-europe-celebration/
  • 17 Jul 2021, 12:00 – 20:00 BST
    Grimsby, Grimsby, UK
    MIRO will perform together on the 17th July for the first time in over a year! Exact time and location to be confirmed.
  • 04 Jun 2020, 18:00
    New Islington Free School, 10 Hugh Oldham Way, Manchester M4 6EY, UK
    The full MIRO ensemble some together to perform for the parents and pupils at New Islington Free School.
  • 09 Apr 2020, 19:00
    Manchester Museum, University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
    Taking inspiration from the Heritage Futures exhibition and after a series of workshops at Manchester Museum the musicians of MIRO perform in concert. Free admission.
  • 07 Apr 2020, 14:30 – 16:30
    Manchester Museum, University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
    Creating a piece exploring themes such as the uncertainty of living in unsafe places, transformation undertaken by settling in the UK and celebrating cultural diversity. We welcome budding musicians with stories to share to join in with these creative workshops. Please contact mdcretu@yahoo.com
  • 17 Mar 2020, 14:30 – 16:30
    Manchester Museum, University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
    Creating a piece exploring themes such as the uncertainty of living in unsafe places, transformation undertaken by settling in the UK and celebrating cultural diversity. We welcome budding musicians with stories to share to join in with these creative workshops. Please contact mdcretu@yahoo.com
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