Manny’s Making Waves with Top 10 Album

RNCM alumnus Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Vass has seen his second album, Sonic Waves, soar to the top of the specialist classical chart and hit No 3 in the mainstream classical chart despite being an unsigned pianist.

The 27-year-old, who graduated in 2011, was able to release the recording after raising £2000 through Kickstarter. The fantastic result means he’s the first artist to have a crowd-funded album in the top 10.

He said: ‘I’m gobsmacked that Sonic Waves went straight in at No 3; there I am alongside Decca, Sony, Hyperion and other massive classical names. Record labels have huge budgets and full-time members of staff; I have a laptop, phone line and a full-time job on top!’

Following his début album, From Bach to Bond, Sonic Waves is a compilation of music inspired by water and includes classics by Chopin and Debussy alongside interpretations of songs such as What Shall we do With the Drunken Sailor and Blow the Man Down. It was recorded at the RNCM by Stephen Guy, Phil Gregory and David Coyle.

To learn more about the album and to find out when Manny’s on tour, click here, or to watch Manny make Sonic Waves outside Chatsworth House click here.

11 June 2015