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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

sound artists present new exhibition at St Chad’s Church in Rochdale, part of MIF21

As part of this year’s Manchester International Festival (MIF21), artists working in a variety of sound practices, based at Ebor Studio in Littleborough, will be installing new works in St Chad’s Church, Rochdale.

St Chad’s is a stunning local landmark that has been part of the fabric of Rochdale life for over 1000 years with parts of the existing building dating back as far as 1688. Ebor Studio artists, Alison Cooper, Sophie Cooper, Maryanne Royle, Matthew Quick and Natalie Sharp, have created new pieces of sound art which specifically respond to the building and its rich history.

The artists all come from different artistic disciplines but have responded to the very essence of this site to create a cohesive sound experience. Expect to see interactive, self-automated sound and musical works placed throughout the interior of the building for one day only. The pieces will then be transported back to Littleborough to be installed at Ebor Studio’s own ‘Gallery Frank’ for one week until 26 July.

Three members of the group will be talking about their work at MIF’s Festival Square event on 8 July.

15 July, 2 - 7pm at St Chad's, Rochdale Parish Church, Sparrow Hill, Town Centre, Rochdale, OL16 1QT


For more information about the exhibition and Ebor Studio please visit and contact

For information about the individual artists:

Alison Cooper

Sophie Cooper

Maryanne Royle

Natalie Sharp

Matt Quick

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