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Singers needed for major Peterloo event, Brighter Sound

  • North West
  • combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre
  • Tim Chatterton


Brighter Sound are looking for singers (aged 18+ from Greater Manchester) to join the ‘From the Crowd’ choir and perform at a special event to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre on Friday 16 August.

From the Crowd is a powerful, inclusive and immersive outdoor performance inspired by the spirit of Peterloo and the voices of people today.

Created by Evie Manning (Common Wealth Theatre) with music composed and directed by Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles), From the Crowd will weave together eyewitness accounts of those present in 1819 and the words of contemporary protestors and poets. 

What's involved

The choir will learn four original pieces written by Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles). The rehearsal schedule is below. 

Mon 5 Aug, 6-8pm
Tue 6 Aug, 6-9pm
Wed 7 Aug, 6-9pm
Thu 8 Aug, 6-9pm
Sat 10 Aug 10am-1pm (compulsory – run through)
Thu 15 Aug 2-8.30pm (compulsory – technical rehearsal on-site)
Fri 16 Aug 11am-9pm (compulsory – performances)

Experience in reading music and performing in a choir is desirable but not essential.

You will perform live at 3 x 60 min performances on Friday 16 August on the Forecourt of Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a moving performance that marks a significant moment in Manchester’s history.

How to take part 

If you are interested in taking part, please complete an online form by Thursday 1 August, no later than 10pm.

Full details and link to the form here:

From the Crowd is a co-production with Brighter Sound, Manchester Histories and Walk the Plank in partnership with Manchester City Council.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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