Manchester Experimental Orchestra – Looking for 14-18 year old musicians

We’re looking for musicians aged 14-18 to take part in a project that
explores the musical identity of Manchester!

Over two weekends in May and July you’ll make new music together that
responds to the question:

What does Manchester sound like to you?

If you live and breathe this city and want to represent its musical identity,
the Manchester Experimental Orchestra is perfect for you.

And don’t worry, it’s not *that* type of orchestra.

We’re looking for musicians who play *any* instrument or genre of music.

You could be a gospel singer, a producer, a guitarist, a rapper, a spoken
word artist, a drummer, a violist or anything else!

To take part you just need to be:
A musician playing any instrument or genre of music
From or living in Manchester (with an M postcode)
Aged 14-18
Available for all the project dates below

Project Dates

You’ll need to attend:

One weekend of making music and improvising on 7-8 May
(10am-4pm) at The Bridgewater Hall
Two online Zoom workshops on 24th of May (6pm to 8pm) and 14th
of June (6pm to 8pm)
One weekend rehearsing on 16-17 July (10am-4pm) at the Royal
Northern College of Music (RNCM)
An evening performance on 17 July (5-8pm) at the RNCM

The Team

The kind of music you create will be entirely up to you, with guidance from:
DJ Balraj Samrai
Composer Steve Berry
Producer and vocalist Pops Roberts
Jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen
Oud player Rihab Azar

You’ll also be supported by other artists including percussionists, gospel

singers, violinists, ghaychak players and rappers!

Get Involved
To register your interest, all you need to do is complete an online
application form* by 9am on Tuesday 19 April. You can either apply in
writing, or by submitting an audio or video file.


If you have any questions please email Kinaya at