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If you’re a songwriter, composer, performer or producer aged 13-18 and want the chance to collaborate, create new music and perform across Manchester – join us for Sing City!

Sessions are now fully booked for this term, If you are interested in coming along in future, please email lucy@brightersound.com to join the waiting list.

Sing City is a free music-making group for young musicians (of any genre) aged 13-18 – held every Wednesday during term-time at Band on the Wall in Manchester.

Led by a team of professional musicians, you’ll develop skills in:

  • songwriting
  • production
  • artistic collaboration
  • studio recording
  • event promotion
  • live performance 

Based on your ideas and interests, there’s also the chance to work with guest artists for one-off workshops, masterclasses and residencies.

Previous guest artists include Bugzy Malone, Blossoms, Field Music, Jupp, Video Jam, Meklit, Kabantu and Beats & Pieces Big Band.

The group also host a regular live night, giving you the chance to showcase your work and perform at a professional music venue. 

Two of our young people will be planning and producing the next live night as part of their Gold Arts Award. Keep your eyes peeled for the date and venue – coming soon…

For more information simply come along to a session, or contact Lucy at lucy@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.


Session Dates 2018

Every Wednesday during term-time, 6-8pm

19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct

Two week break over half-term – 17 Oct, 24 Oct

31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov

About the Sing City team

Phill Howley is a professional drummer, composer, producer and educator. Over the years he’s worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians, including Liz Green, Richard Barry, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet.

Natalie McCool is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who first came to public attention for winning a national songwriting competition judged by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Since then she has written with Paul McCartney, performed with Boy George and collaborated with Beth Orton.


Supported by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The project is made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.