From The Crowd choir – applications closed

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We’re looking for people who love singing to perform at a special event to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Find out more…

From The Crowd choir - applications closed
18th July 2019

We’re looking for people who love singing to perform at a special event to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Find out more…

Due to a high level of interest, applications for this opportunity are now closed.

We’re looking for people who love singing 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. 

“From the Crowd is a dialogue between 1819 and 2019. In it the words will journey between solo voices, 200 people speaking together and 1000 voices strong in unison. There will be the sense of the unexpected and the galvanising solidarity that manifests when people are together as one. We’ll be remembering those that protested and lost their lives at Peterloo and those whose lives today are affected by different oppressions.”
Evie Manning (Common Wealth Theatre), Creative Director

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

What’s involved

We are looking for people aged 18+ from the Greater Manchester area to join the From the Crowd choir and learn four original pieces written by Robin Richards (Dutch Uncles). The rehearsal schedule is below. 

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. 


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)

Rehearsals will take place at Upper Campfield Market, Barton Street, Manchester, M4 4NN.

The more sessions you can make the better the performances will sound, so it would be great if you could attend as many as possible!

How to get involved

If you are interested in taking part, please register your interest using this online form* by Thursday 1 August, no later than 10pm.


If you have any questions about the project, please contact Tim Chatterton on or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

About Robin Richards

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Robin Richards is a composer and the bass guitarist in Manchester based band Dutch Uncles. He has composed and arranged all the music across the band’s five critically acclaimed studio albums to date, and has toured Europe extensively over the last 11 years. He studied under esteemed composer and conductor Joe Duddell at the University of Salford and graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Music, specialising in composition. In 2015, he was commissioned by HOME, Manchester to compose a new score for a silent film as part of their Film and Music Project, in collaboration with the RNCM. He produced a new soundtrack to the 1928 film ‘Lonesome’. Two sold out screenings of the film with live performance by a chamber ensemble took place at HOME as part of the cinema’s opening weekend. The following year he collaborated with visual artist Clara Casian on ‘Birdsong – Stories from Pripyat’, a film and original live score project inspired by personal testimonies of those affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. n 2017 he took up the role of artist in residence at the Gefail Yr Ynys forge in Caernarfon, North Wales collaborating with sculptor and mixed-media artist Mike Murray. Three of the pieces he produced during the residency are featured on his debut solo EP with PRAH Recordings. His work endeavours to achieve aesthetic and philosophical aims whilst taking inspiration from mathematical and natural processes. His musical influences include the work of Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky and Kate Bush.