Sing City Songwriting Sessions and Live Nights

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Sing City Songwriting Sessions and Live Nights

Brighter Sound presents Sing City songwriting sessions and live nights for songwriters, composers, performers and producers aged 13-18.

Sessions are free and held every Wednesday evening during term time from 6-8pm at Band on the Wall, one of Manchester’s most iconic music venues.

Autumn 2017 dates:

Wednesdays: 13, 20, 27 Sept.  4, 11 18 Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov.  6, 13* Dec. (No sessions on 25 Oct or 1 Nov)

*Live night: 13 Dec.

Download the Sing City flyer here.

Now in its third year, Sing City offers music-making opportunities for young people to collaborate, create new music and perform across Manchester. The weekly workshops are a chance for like-minded young people to meet and develop their skills in:

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

At the end of every half term we host a regular live night, giving participants the chance to showcase their work, produce an event and perform at professional music venue Band on the Wall. Sing City are also regularly invited to perform at events across Manchester and the North West and at festivals such as Dig The City, WARP festival and Manchester Picnic.

Sessions are led by a team of expert musicians and practitioners who all work professionally in the music industry. In addition, guest artists are regularly invited to deliver specialist workshops, masterclasses and residencies. Past guests include Field MusicBugzy MaloneBlossoms, JuppNatalie McCool, Video Jam, Meklit and Kabantu.

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.

The 2017 Sing City Delivery team

Sing City is facilitated by experienced composers and performing musicians James Holt, Phill Howley and Natalie McCool.

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. Check out her top tips…

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. Check out his Spotify playlist…

James Holt is a Manchester singer/songwriter and former trainee practitioner at Brighter Sound. James took part in Brighter Sound’s Chaos to Order at Manchester Central Library and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms.

Sing City is funded by Youth Music and takes place every Wednesday during term time from 6 – 8pm at Band on the Wall. For more information simply drop in to a session, contact or call 0161 830 3899.