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Brighter Sound presents Sing City Live – a showcase of Manchester’s best up-and-coming young music talent – with special guest Chris Hawkins (6 Music).

Part of Youth Music’s Give A Gig initiative, this special Sing City Live night will feature:

  • Brand new material written by young musicians from our regular Sing City sessions
  • Performances from participants of our four-year Exchanging Notes project
  • Q&A with 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, offering an insight into what he finds exciting about new music

All proceeds will go to Youth Music to support young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

About Sing City

Sing City sessions are held every Wednesday evening during term time from 6-8pm at Band on the Wall. Sessions give young musicians an opportunity to come together and develop skills in:

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

Sing City is led by a team of expert musicians and practitioners – Phill Howley, Natalie McCool and James Holt – who all work professionally in the music industry, with guest artists regularly invited to deliver specialist workshops, masterclasses and residencies.

Featuring a regular live night, an event production programme, industry masterclasses and instrumental tuition, Sing City is the perfect way for young musicians to get together to develop music industry skills, knowledge and expertise.

About Chris Hawkins

Chris presents the Early Breakfast show on BBC Radio 6 Music and weekend Playlists on Radio 2. He is a Radio 4 documentary presenter and a regular voice on Radio 5 live. On screen, Chris often appears on BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News and presents films on BBC Inside Out.

He is an experienced awards show, festival and conference host as well as a successful voice over artist. He writes blogs for the BBC website and has written pieces for Huffington Post, Music Week and UK Music.

About Exchanging Notes

Exchanging Notes is a national project funded by Youth Music to explore the impact of music on young people. For the past four years we’ve been working on this project with students from Manchester Creative and Media Academy and Bolton St Catherine’s.


Sing City is funded by Youth Music. For more information simply drop in to a session, contact lucy@brightersound.com or call 0161 830 3899.