Photo of MIO singers and guitarist performing at Tate, Liverpool.


Richard Harding, guitar. Singers from left to right, Yash Sharma, Mary Prestidge, Vicci Riley


MIO with Steve Beresford. 19th March.

A couple of photos taken by guitarist Ian Simpson before our concert with Steve Beresford at The Capstone Theatre as part of The Interactions festival. Fantastic evening with talks on Improvisation and then great to hear Trevor Watts and Stephen Grew play before us, and then brilliant imaginative conductions by Steve for our concert.

Steve Beresford and The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra. 19th March. 7.30pm. The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

Steve Beresford and The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra. 19th March. 7.30pm. The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

A concert featuring the brilliant pianist, improviser, composer and conductor, Steve Beresford, directing Liverpool’s radical and experimental ensemble The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra. Also on same night legendary saxophonist Trevor Watts and pianist Stephen Grew.

Tickets through The Capstone Website.

Steve Beresford has played with a huge number of improvisation’s most famous and prodigious musicians, such as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide, David Toop and Hen Bennink. He was also a member with Gavin Bryars and Brian Eno in the Portsmouth Sinfonia. He has collaborated extensively with artist/musician Christian Marclay and is an active member of the London Improvisers Orchestra. He has also worked with a number of pop musicians and reggae artists including Ray Davis, The Slits, Prince Far I, Frank Chickens and Ted Milton. He was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for artists in 2012.

The Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra was formed in 2016 by saxophonist Ged Barry and is the meeting place for Merseyside’s adventurous, creative, musicians. The orchestra is dedicated to improvised spontaneous and indeterminate music making, playing conducted improvisations, free improvisations and open form and experimental compositions.


Concert at FACT, Liverpool. 13th March. 6.30pm.

Come and listen to the orchestra as part of The Open Circuit Festival for Interactive Traces, a live performance at FACT in Liverpool, featuring technological visualisations that accompany real-time musical composition. The performance includes dynamic visual scores, game-like interactions, and visualisations of human physiological data taken during the performance. Free, but booking required.

Open Circuit Festival is University of Liverpool’s festival of new music and audio visual performance.