The Scottish harpist and singer Esther Swift brings her new and epic hour-long piece Light Gatherer to the festival, calling on her contemporary classical, folk, jazz and poetry backgrounds, and featuring many of Manchesterโ€™s notable improvisers. Her large scale 11-piece band, using harp quartet, string trio, drums, piano, sax and trombone presents the suite of word-settings using the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.