Beth Orton Residency – closed

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Beth Orton Residency – closed

We are thrilled to announce that the wonderful Beth Orton will be leading our fourth Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series. Beth will lead a five-day intensive residency from Mon 16 – Fri 20 Feb for 13 female musicians, vocalists and songwriters from across the UK. The material created during this incredible week of collaboration will be showcased live at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on 20 Feb.


I am thrilled to be asked to support and take part in this exciting and important project. Getting the chance to mentor, or simply the opportunity to stand as witness to the diverse, and possibly unheard, talents of artists from all across the UK fills me with curiosity and some apprehension! If I’m lucky I will get to share some of what has been passed along to me over the years. I am equally prepared to be humbled beyond recognition and cannot wait to be so!” Beth Orton

This will be the fourth in our Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series. Since starting the programme in 2011 we have had 346 applications to take part, with only one in four coming from women. As part of our response to this we have decided to create a residency specifically for female artists. We hope the residency will be a springboard for discussion around women in the music industry and a chance to support female emerging professionals who are creating exciting new music in the UK.

We’re inviting applications from up and coming female musicians, composers and vocalists from all over the UK.

“It’s the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy, that decides a career, turns on a light, ignites a creative candle – a candle that shines upon your face and lets the world know who you are. It’s the kind of opportunity that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music” Bethan Morgan-Williams, residency participant.

Each residency is a five-day creative music project where 13 emerging and mid career musicians and artists collaborate with the guidance of an artistic director to devise, re-work, produce and arrange new and existing work culminating in a unique showcase event at Band on the Wall.

Residencies give musicians the space and time to work intensively with each other and the lead artists, collaborating on ideas, developing artistic practice, honing musical skills and developing strong working relationships.

Click the links to see films of the previous residencies with The Unthanks, Snarky Puppy and DJ Yoda.

If you wish to apply for the five-day Artistic Directors Series Residency with Beth Orton from Mon 16 Feb to Fri 20 Feb2014 at Band on the Wall, please fill out the application HERE

Applicants must be available to travel to and stay in Manchester for the whole of the week of 16 – 20 Feb 2015. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 Jan.

For more information about this project please contact Brighter Sound on info@brightersound.com or call 0161 830 3899

Wall of Sounds is produced and delivered by Brighter Sound in a partnership between Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Fund.

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