Coming up in 2017

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Fresh off the back of an exciting and expansive year, we’re looking forward to launching a diverse music programme for 2017. Find out what’s coming up at Brighter Sound in the new year…

Coming up in 2017
6th January 2017

Fresh off the back of an exciting and expansive year, we’re looking forward to launching a diverse music programme for 2017. Find out what’s coming up at Brighter Sound in the new year…

Fresh off the back of an exciting and expansive year, we’re looking forward to launching a diverse music programme for 2017.

Over the next few months we’ll be delivering the second edition of the Jazz Directors Series in partnership with Band on the Wall, our commission for young composers, a week-long project exploring found sounds at Manchester Central Library, a new traineeship scheme and the launch of Classics and Experimental, a 15-month programme for emerging musicians as well as our usual activities for young musicians, children and families, courses and groups for adult learners.

Jazz Directors Series

Legendary Chicago composer, bandleader and saxophonist Chris Potter will lead the second in the Jazz Directors Series this April, following the successful Jazz Directors Series with Terence Blanchard. Chris Potter will direct a residency followed by four shows in Manchester, Warrington, Morecambe and Bradford with the Inner City Ensemble who will be selected through an open application process – details to be released in the next few weeks. Tickets for the tour are now on sale, with discount available for under 18s.

Traineeship Scheme

VACANCY: We’re pleased to offer another round of traineeship scheme placements for 2017. We’re looking for three trainee practitioners to work alongside our artists across a range of Brighter Sound activity. The placements aim to support musicians committed to the development of their skills as a creative music practitioner. The deadline is this Friday 13 January at 5pm. Find out more or download an application pack.

Found Sounds

CALL OUT: We’re looking for 15 musicians, beat-makers, DJs, freestylers, producers and composers aged 16-25 to take over Manchester Central Library from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February for a week of collaboration and experimentation. Participants will get access to the library’s incredible and precious archives of over 2000 audio files as well as the opportunity to find and sample sounds from around the city to create new work and a lasting musical legacy. Application deadline is Friday 27 January at 8pm. Find out more.

Weekly activities for young musicians, children and families

Saturday mornings are a hub of activity at Band on the Wall with weekly drop-in Shake Rattle & Roll music-making sessions for Early Years, and monthly Junior Jam sessions for 4-8’s with world folk fusion quintet Kabantu (booked in advance).

Our weekly Sing City song writing sessions and live nights for 13-18’s continue every Wednesday evening during term time. These FREE sessions are led by our expert musicians, with regular guest artists. Musicians aged 13-18 interested in developing skills in songwriting, production, artistic collaboration, recording, event promotion and live performance are welcome to drop-in to find out more.

Our ongoing Exchanging Notes research programme and the inspirational Life on Shuffle programme for young people at risk and young homeless adults will continue into 2017.

Young Composer Commissions

We’ll be commissioning two young composers to write a new body of work around the theme of ‘The Age of Ads’. We’re really excited about the special guest mentors who will be announced next month…


We are passionate believers in the potential for creative music making to make a difference to the lives of young people, children and families and emerging musicians, and 2017 will see us launch a fundraising strategy to ensure our charitable work can continue.

Find out more about our work as a charity. Thanks to Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve programme, we’re able to double all donations received as well as claiming Gift Aid.

If you’d like to support our work with a donation, visit our online giving platform.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.

Courses and Groups for Adults

We’re proud to continue our delivery of Band on the Wall’s learning and participation programme. This spring sees the popular and long-running Jazz Foundations and Folk Group continue the exploration of new and traditional repertoire, as well as another block of guitar courses for beginners and more advanced players. After a storming first term, we’re pleased to offer Lyrics & Vocals for another ten week course to anyone interested in developing songwriting, vocal and arrangement skills. Finally, we’re delighted to continue our support of Golden Voices, Manchester’s most welcoming choir who meet every Thursday morning at Band on the Wall.

Coming up…

We’re delighted to announce our recent bid to Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts project fund has been successful, meaning that we’ll be delivering ‘Classics and Experimental’, a new programme for emerging musicians throughout 2017. The Classics and Experimental Programme will nurture emerging talent, provide multi-faceted progression routes and enable musicians to test ideas, experiment and develop creatively through weekenders, commissions, independent artist strategies and national/international opportunities for exchanges, performance, live nights, touring and recording. We’ll be welcoming a number of incredible artists to Brighter Sound over the year to lead each opportunity – more information coming soon…

Finally, we’ve got an exciting 2017 ahead in I Live Hip Hop programme with a CPD offer to teachers, a schools take-over and drop-in Tuesday evening tech/production sessions starting in March.

Keep your eye out on our website, read our newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest announcements. 2017 looks set to be another wonderful year of music and creativity at Brighter Sound.