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
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 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
singers, violinists, ghaychak players and rappers!
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