Music at the Museum – applications closed

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Music at the Museum – applications closed

If you’re 16-25, working towards a music career and want to be inspired this summer – join experimental folk rock band Firefly Burning for ‘Music at the Museum’ – a week-long residency of collaborative songwriting and music-making.

Taking inspiration from the incredible collections at Manchester Museum, you’ll spend five days from 8-12 July writing, creating and performing new music under the artistic guidance of award-winning artists John Barber and James Redwood from the band Firefly Burning.

You’ll get the chance to:

  • Gain an insight into the creative processes of established artists
  • Collaborate with other musicians
  • Develop your songwriting, arranging and performance skills
  • Perform in a special twilight gig at Manchester Museum on Thu 12 July

“When you collaborate, you end up making music which is far greater than the sum of its parts. The final performance will feature the new music we make on the project alongside songs from our new album. It’s going to be a totally immersive week and we can’t wait!” – Firefly Burning

Application info

To apply you should be:

  • 16-25 years old
  • Working towards a career in music
  • Based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside
  • Available between Sun 8 Jul – Thu 12 Jul

Deadline: Monday 11 June, midnight

Applicants must apply online*.

You can download a sample application form for reference before submitting an online application.


All applicants will be notified on or around Friday 15 June.

Participants will receive £10 per day to help towards the cost of travel and food.

For more information about this project please contact Lucy Wallace on or call 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 Firefly Burning

North London 5-piece, Firefly Burning create impressionistic music – part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music.  Evoking sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich and Kate Bush, the band draws on avant-pop, experimental folk, classical minimalism and Javanese Gamelan to ‘paint sound pictures and take the audience in myriad directions at will’ (For Folks Sake). With eclectic tastes and a background in free improvisation, the band encompass strings, piano, synthesiser, electric guitar and gamelan, centred on close vocal harmonies echoing of William Byrd and The Beach Boys.

Writing all their songs together as a 5-piece, in 2015 the band released and toured their second album ‘Skeleton Hill’, garnering critical success for its rich tapestry and originality. They are currently completing a new album for release in early 2019.

Firefly Burning are James Redwood, Sam Glazer, Jack Ross, John Barber and Bea Hankey.

“imaginative, original hybrid sound..both richly intriguing and subtle, a neat tapestry that is a joy to unravel” ★★★★ MusicOHM on Skeleton Hill

“strange but soaring, dense but addictive…ideal for anybody who wishes Kate Bush were a bit more arty or Steve Reich were a lot more folky” ★★★★ The Times on Skeleton Hill

“fresh, original and often audacious…old and futuristic at the same time” ★★★★ MOJO Magazine on Skeleton Hill