New Music Manchester refers to a group of English composers and performers who studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM) and Manchester University in the 1950s. The Manchester School is principally identified with the composers Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies and Alexander Goehr,[1] and together with the pianist John Ogdon and the conductor and trumpeter Elgar Howarth they formed the group New Music Manchester. Its members played a significant role in reshaping the landscape of British music in the later 20th century.[2]


  1. ^ Nicole V. Gagné, Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012): p. 37. ISBN 9780810867659.
  2. ^ Jonathan Cross. "Manchester School". Grove Music Online. (Subscription access)