Manchester Cathedral – Taylor Swift

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My youngest daughter and I share a love of music by multi award winning (11 Grammys among many others) Taylor Swift. There is a talent I can’t comprehend, in anyone that can create music and write lyrics. Best described as “Wordsmiths” these people can write stories that capture the imaginations of others. Taylor’s 10 minute version of All Too Well for example, the longest song to top the US charts.

So when an opportunity arose to go to a Fever Event, that combined Taylor’s music, a string quartet, and a historic Mancunian building, we were booked and ready to go.

Fever Candlelight Concerts

Presented by event organisers FEVER we were seeing “String Infusion” performing music by Taylor Swift. Mrs RJR and I went to a similar event at Victoria Baths last month and were impressed. FEVER host live music events in various iconic venues. Dubbed candlelight concerts, they are well organised, top quality events.


Manchester Cathedral

I love the picture above. I snapped it as we waited outside the cathedral. The Grade 1 listed building dating back in parts to the mid 1400s, it’s classical stone architecture, set to a backdrop of modern glass fronted office buildings.

The Music

Watching accomplished musicians perform music is always amazing to me and listening to pop music arranged for a string quartet only adds to the experience. If you didn’t know who composed the piece it could in many cases be mistaken as classical. There is something timeless about music that can also communicate across language barriers. How can 4 people make pieces of wood and string, sing like angels?

Manchester String quartet

The performance was just over an hour long and included the following songs. Each title in the list links to the original Taylor Swift video (Yes I’m a fan)

Wildest DreamsCardiganLove Story

Blank SpaceBad Blood

Never Ever Getting Back Together

Invisible StringLoverEverything Has Changed

You Need to Calm DownI Knew You Were Trouble

New RomanticsYou Belong With Me22

Shake It Off

Whilst the use of photography and recording during the performance was discouraged, they did invite people to record the last 10 minutes. There was also a bit of audience participation with clapping and singing to “Shake it off” Here’s a taster from the penultimate piece “22”

String Infusion


This is the second time we have heard members of String Infusion play, the first being at the celebration of my Brother-in-laws wedding. They performed there, as a trio playing electric instruments in a captivating hour long set whilst guests mingled.

String Infusion wedding - picture source String Infusions instagram

Ruth’s thoughts

“Dad and I loved the Taylor Swift themed string quartet! Dad was very outnumbered in both gender and age which was funny. My favourite performance was the first one – Wildest Dreams, it was so intricate and I sat there and just closed my eyes and felt so relaxed! I also really liked Lover. The building was beautiful, I have only ever been outside, but inside was so grand and open. It was a really fun night out!”

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