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Sing City

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!

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. Two Sing City sessions take place each Wednesday evening at:

  • 5.30-7pm
  • 7.15-8.45pm – this slot is now full

If you’d like to attend Sing City in the summer term, please register your place by Mon 10 Apr here.

Summer 2019 dates:

24 Apr

1, 8, 15, 22 May

No session on 29 May but we’ll be holding a special workshop with Riot Jazz on Thu 30 May, 1.30pm-5pm at Band on the Wall

5, 12, 19 Jun

26 Jun (live night at Band on the Wall)

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, Richard Jupp (Elbow), Video Jam, Meklit, Kabantu and Beats & Pieces Big Band.

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

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.

Holly Phelps who goes by the name IORA, is a forward thinking electronic folk/pop artist from Manchester. She’s been championed by BBC introducing Manchester and her debut single, Thieves’ Den, was selected as part of BBC introducing Radar playlist curated by Sigrid (Winner of BBC Sound of 2018).


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.