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. He currently facilitates Sing City, our songwriting sessions and live nights for songwriters, composers, performers and producers aged 13-18, alongside Natalie McCool and Phill […]

James Holt's Spotify Playlist
7th November 2017

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. He currently facilitates Sing City, our songwriting sessions and live nights for songwriters, composers, performers and producers aged 13-18, alongside Natalie McCool and Phill […]

Jane Weaver is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Liverpool, England. She has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the Farfisa-fuelled girl group Misty Dixon and as a solo artist. She also runs the record label Bird.   Jane Weaver’s Spotify Playlist Voyage 1 — Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes I think Catherine […]

Jane Weaver's Spotify Playlist
4th October 2017

Jane Weaver is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Liverpool, England. She has performed as part of the Britpop group Kill Laura, the Farfisa-fuelled girl group Misty Dixon and as a solo artist. She also runs the record label Bird.   Jane Weaver’s Spotify Playlist Voyage 1 — Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes I think Catherine […]

Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis share their ultimate Spotify Playlist.  We’re delighted that Mercury Prize nominated Field Music will be joining us this October to lead a very special five-day music studio residency. We’ve worked with them previously in 2015 when they joined us for a Sing City masterclass. They are regarded as one of British indie’s […]

Field Music's Spotify Playlist
18th September 2017

Field Music brothers Peter and David Brewis share their ultimate Spotify Playlist.  We’re delighted that Mercury Prize nominated Field Music will be joining us this October to lead a very special five-day music studio residency. We’ve worked with them previously in 2015 when they joined us for a Sing City masterclass. They are regarded as one of British indie’s […]

We’re really excited for our tenth Artistic Directors Series, Dub Reactors: Reggae Roots Residency, to take place next month. We’ll be welcoming Manchester roots reggae and dub veterans P.Lush (Nucleus Roots, Dub Reaktion), T-Gad (T & Le Touch, Edward II) and a special guest vocalist to lead this three-day intensive residency at Band on the Wall. As we’ll […]

A Reggae Roots Spotify Playlist
4th September 2017

We’re really excited for our tenth Artistic Directors Series, Dub Reactors: Reggae Roots Residency, to take place next month. We’ll be welcoming Manchester roots reggae and dub veterans P.Lush (Nucleus Roots, Dub Reaktion), T-Gad (T & Le Touch, Edward II) and a special guest vocalist to lead this three-day intensive residency at Band on the Wall. As we’ll […]

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, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre defying Shyfinger who have just […]

Phill Howley's Spotify Playlist
9th August 2017

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, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre defying Shyfinger who have just […]

US MC, rapper and educator Jahi shares his ultimate Spotify playlist. Oakland rapper Jahi is frontman of PE 2.0, the next generation of iconic New York rap group Public Enemy. Jahi first met Public Enemy legend Chuck D after performing at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, kick-starting a friendship and music […]

Jahi's Spotify Playlist
5th July 2017

US MC, rapper and educator Jahi shares his ultimate Spotify playlist. Oakland rapper Jahi is frontman of PE 2.0, the next generation of iconic New York rap group Public Enemy. Jahi first met Public Enemy legend Chuck D after performing at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, kick-starting a friendship and music […]

DJ Andrea Trout may tell you she spins for fun – but don’t let that fool you. A lack of the usual ego associated with those serious chaps who stand behind turntables making equally serious faces while tweaking their beards, makes her prone to underestimate a passionate, educated, heartfelt and un-hackneyed approach to music. With deep […]

Andrea Trout's Spotify Playlist
7th June 2017

DJ Andrea Trout may tell you she spins for fun – but don’t let that fool you. A lack of the usual ego associated with those serious chaps who stand behind turntables making equally serious faces while tweaking their beards, makes her prone to underestimate a passionate, educated, heartfelt and un-hackneyed approach to music. With deep […]

Mercury Prize-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist ESKA shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. ESKA defies categorisation, blending soul, folk-pop, jazz, electronica and blues. Her twenty-year career has taken her around the world, collaborating with artists including Grace Jones, UNKLE and Tony Allen. In 2015, ESKA released her self-titled debut album to rave reviews, earning a Mercury Prize […]

ESKA's Spotify Playlist
22nd May 2017

Mercury Prize-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist ESKA shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. ESKA defies categorisation, blending soul, folk-pop, jazz, electronica and blues. Her twenty-year career has taken her around the world, collaborating with artists including Grace Jones, UNKLE and Tony Allen. In 2015, ESKA released her self-titled debut album to rave reviews, earning a Mercury Prize […]

Manchester based Birds Hit Records share their ultimate Spotify playlist. Birds Hit Records produce custom, one-off and short run vinyl records in Manchester. In April they will lead a three-day vinyl pressing course curated by Mr. Scruff during which they’ll offer six participants an introduction to the art of cutting vinyl. “Part geeky, part playful, this course […]

Spotify Playlist — Birds Hit Records
3rd April 2017

Manchester based Birds Hit Records share their ultimate Spotify playlist. Birds Hit Records produce custom, one-off and short run vinyl records in Manchester. In April they will lead a three-day vinyl pressing course curated by Mr. Scruff during which they’ll offer six participants an introduction to the art of cutting vinyl. “Part geeky, part playful, this course […]

DJ and Crazy P vocalist Danielle Moore shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. Danielle is a performer of sorts — front woman with disco lovers Crazy P and an avid selector of music. Mainly DJing to club dance floors around the world.  She also enjoys playing a more eclectic selection at home ranging from folk to techno. An admirer […]

Danielle Moore's Spotify Playlist
4th March 2017

DJ and Crazy P vocalist Danielle Moore shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. Danielle is a performer of sorts — front woman with disco lovers Crazy P and an avid selector of music. Mainly DJing to club dance floors around the world.  She also enjoys playing a more eclectic selection at home ranging from folk to techno. An admirer […]

Musician, DJ, producer and video artist G-Kut shares his ultimate Spotify Playlist. G-Kut has been around the music scene in Manchester for 20 years as musician, DJ, producer and video artist. He’s also been teaching for 18 years around the North West, concentrating on music technology, instrumental skills and performance. He’s currently developing A/V techniques […]

G-Kut's Spotify Playlist
8th February 2017

Musician, DJ, producer and video artist G-Kut shares his ultimate Spotify Playlist. G-Kut has been around the music scene in Manchester for 20 years as musician, DJ, producer and video artist. He’s also been teaching for 18 years around the North West, concentrating on music technology, instrumental skills and performance. He’s currently developing A/V techniques […]

Happy New Year from all of us at Brighter Sound! This month’s Spotify playlist is a sneak peek forward to 2017 and some of the artists that we hope to bring to you this year. Keep your eyes peeled for some of our forthcoming announcements, with opportunities to explore music with these incredible musicians through […]

Upcoming in 2017
11th January 2017

Happy New Year from all of us at Brighter Sound! This month’s Spotify playlist is a sneak peek forward to 2017 and some of the artists that we hope to bring to you this year. Keep your eyes peeled for some of our forthcoming announcements, with opportunities to explore music with these incredible musicians through […]

Folk Group facilitator and traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney shares her Spotify Playlist. Emma Sweeney is a Songlines Award nominated fiddler whose debut album Pangea has confirmed her status as one of folk music’s rising stars. Emma’s unique style combines her traditional Irish background with a fusion of world influences, drawing upon her experience of […]

Emma Sweeney's Spotify Playlist
6th December 2016

Folk Group facilitator and traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney shares her Spotify Playlist. Emma Sweeney is a Songlines Award nominated fiddler whose debut album Pangea has confirmed her status as one of folk music’s rising stars. Emma’s unique style combines her traditional Irish background with a fusion of world influences, drawing upon her experience of […]

Ethio-American singer, songwriter and cultural activist Meklit shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. A TED Senior Fellow, Meklit co-founded the internationally renowned Nile Project, bringing together artists from eleven countries to overcome politics and conflict through musical collaboration. In April 2016, she was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to compose the song cycle, There Is […]

Meklit's Spotify Playlist
19th October 2016

Ethio-American singer, songwriter and cultural activist Meklit shares her ultimate Spotify playlist. A TED Senior Fellow, Meklit co-founded the internationally renowned Nile Project, bringing together artists from eleven countries to overcome politics and conflict through musical collaboration. In April 2016, she was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to compose the song cycle, There Is […]

We look back this month as we share our own ultimate Spotify playlist featuring a selection of previous artists in residence. Over the years Brighter Sound has had the pleasure of working with a number of different artists, each project providing a new and exciting take on the music making process. We’re proud to have collaborated […]

Brighter Sound's In Residence Spotify Playlist
4th October 2016

We look back this month as we share our own ultimate Spotify playlist featuring a selection of previous artists in residence. Over the years Brighter Sound has had the pleasure of working with a number of different artists, each project providing a new and exciting take on the music making process. We’re proud to have collaborated […]

Brighter Sound Digital Marketing Apprentice, Joe Clegg shares his Spotify Playlist  Joe Clegg took up a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with us a year ago, and as the placement is now coming to its end, we thought, what better way to give the social media voice of Brighter Sound some recognition and profile, than by giving him free reign on […]

Joe Clegg's Spotify Playlist
2nd September 2016

Brighter Sound Digital Marketing Apprentice, Joe Clegg shares his Spotify Playlist  Joe Clegg took up a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with us a year ago, and as the placement is now coming to its end, we thought, what better way to give the social media voice of Brighter Sound some recognition and profile, than by giving him free reign on […]

Noisy Toys founder Steve Summers shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Noisy Toys is all about having fun experimenting with sound. They deliver workshops, events and interactive installations connecting science and music together in new ways, including creating amazing instruments out of up-cycled computers that people have thrown away. Their founder Steve Summers is […]

Noisy Toys' Spotify Playlist
7th August 2016

Noisy Toys founder Steve Summers shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Noisy Toys is all about having fun experimenting with sound. They deliver workshops, events and interactive installations connecting science and music together in new ways, including creating amazing instruments out of up-cycled computers that people have thrown away. Their founder Steve Summers is […]

Acclaimed composer Anna Meredith shares her Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Described as “one of the most innovative minds in modern British music” (Pitchfork) Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her music has been performed everywhere from BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performance in the M6 services, PRADA fashion […]

Anna Meredith's Spotify Playlist
30th June 2016

Acclaimed composer Anna Meredith shares her Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Described as “one of the most innovative minds in modern British music” (Pitchfork) Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her music has been performed everywhere from BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performance in the M6 services, PRADA fashion […]

Test Card is a community exploring the development of new technologies and techniques in the area of audio visual performance.  Their wider programme includes Test Card Live, a platform for artists, filmmakers and VJ’s to showcase new work and the Test Card Talk Programme which invites both local and internationally leading artists, filmmakers, VJ’s and […]

Test Card's Spotify Playlist
2nd June 2016

Test Card is a community exploring the development of new technologies and techniques in the area of audio visual performance.  Their wider programme includes Test Card Live, a platform for artists, filmmakers and VJ’s to showcase new work and the Test Card Talk Programme which invites both local and internationally leading artists, filmmakers, VJ’s and […]

Liam Sutcliffe, marketing guru shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Liam joined the Brighter Sound team back in 2010 and quickly showed a natural talent for all things marketing in the world of music. He moved across the corridor in April last year to work with our creative music partners at Band on the Wall, […]

Liam Sutcliffe's Spotify Playlist
3rd May 2016

Liam Sutcliffe, marketing guru shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Liam joined the Brighter Sound team back in 2010 and quickly showed a natural talent for all things marketing in the world of music. He moved across the corridor in April last year to work with our creative music partners at Band on the Wall, […]

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josephine shares her Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Josephine is an English singer-songwriter with Jamaican and Liberian roots.  Her upbringing is reflected in her songs that cover a variety of genres from gospel and country to soul music. Her debut album ‘Portrait’ which was produced by Leo Abrahams, was released in 2012 to critical […]

Josephine's Spotify Playlist
20th March 2016

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josephine shares her Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Josephine is an English singer-songwriter with Jamaican and Liberian roots.  Her upbringing is reflected in her songs that cover a variety of genres from gospel and country to soul music. Her debut album ‘Portrait’ which was produced by Leo Abrahams, was released in 2012 to critical […]

Journalist, writer and producer Chris Long shares his Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Chris Long has been involved with Manchester arts and music for the past decade and a half, as both a writer for the BBC and as the producer of BBC Manchester Introducing. Now working as the North of England Arts and Entertainment […]

Chris Long's Spotify Playlist
8th March 2016

Journalist, writer and producer Chris Long shares his Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Chris Long has been involved with Manchester arts and music for the past decade and a half, as both a writer for the BBC and as the producer of BBC Manchester Introducing. Now working as the North of England Arts and Entertainment […]

Multi-instrumentalists Serafina Steer and Natalie Sharp share their ultimate Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Serafina is a harpist, singer-songwriter and composer. She’s released three albums, the last produced by Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) received high praise across the board. Natalie has been composing and performing music for ten years and is the women behind the world […]

Serafina Steer and Natalie Sharp's Spotify Playlist
2nd March 2016

Multi-instrumentalists Serafina Steer and Natalie Sharp share their ultimate Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound. Serafina is a harpist, singer-songwriter and composer. She’s released three albums, the last produced by Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) received high praise across the board. Natalie has been composing and performing music for ten years and is the women behind the world […]

Young musician Adam shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Vocalist Adam has been a regular at Brighter Sound, joining other talented musicians at Sing City, our weekly singing and songwriting collective for under 18’s as well as our regular music residencies at Band on the Wall. He’s rarely seen without either a microphone […]

Adam's Spotify Playlist
5th February 2016

Young musician Adam shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Vocalist Adam has been a regular at Brighter Sound, joining other talented musicians at Sing City, our weekly singing and songwriting collective for under 18’s as well as our regular music residencies at Band on the Wall. He’s rarely seen without either a microphone […]

Ben Cottrell – composer, saxophonist and bandleader – shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Ben is best known as the director of the award-winning Beats & Pieces Big Band, but is also a prolific composer and orchestral arranger.  His works have been performed and recorded by world renowned orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and […]

Ben Cottrell's Spotify Playlist
5th January 2016

Ben Cottrell – composer, saxophonist and bandleader – shares his ultimate Spotify playlist with Brighter Sound. Ben is best known as the director of the award-winning Beats & Pieces Big Band, but is also a prolific composer and orchestral arranger.  His works have been performed and recorded by world renowned orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and […]

The Futureheads’ frontman Barry Hyde shares his ultimate Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound.  We’re delighted that Barry Hyde, frontman of post-punk band The Futureheads will be joining us this December to lead a very special Sing City masterclass.  Barry Hyde has been working as a professional musician since 2002.  He has released five albums, had over 100 songs […]

Barry Hyde's Spotify Playlist
24th November 2015

The Futureheads’ frontman Barry Hyde shares his ultimate Spotify Playlist with Brighter Sound.  We’re delighted that Barry Hyde, frontman of post-punk band The Futureheads will be joining us this December to lead a very special Sing City masterclass.  Barry Hyde has been working as a professional musician since 2002.  He has released five albums, had over 100 songs […]

We’re thrilled to be working with two incredibly talented musicians – Avital Raz and Sam Lewis – on a brand new Indian Fusion project. Here they share their ultimate ‘Indian Fusion’ Spotify Playlist – songs that have influenced their music-making. Avital and Sam will performing live at Band on the Wall later in the month […]

Indian Fusion Spotify Playlist
5th November 2015

We’re thrilled to be working with two incredibly talented musicians – Avital Raz and Sam Lewis – on a brand new Indian Fusion project. Here they share their ultimate ‘Indian Fusion’ Spotify Playlist – songs that have influenced their music-making. Avital and Sam will performing live at Band on the Wall later in the month […]

We caught up with talented musician Eddie McAlpine in between A-Level exams at Xaverian College to find out his ultimate Spotify playlist. The 18 year-old vocalist and lyricist is a regular at many Brighter Sound events, from Sing City, our singing and songwriting group, to artistic residencies with Ethiopian-born star Meklit Hadero. Eddie recently performed at […]

Eddie's Spotify Playlist
1st July 2015

We caught up with talented musician Eddie McAlpine in between A-Level exams at Xaverian College to find out his ultimate Spotify playlist. The 18 year-old vocalist and lyricist is a regular at many Brighter Sound events, from Sing City, our singing and songwriting group, to artistic residencies with Ethiopian-born star Meklit Hadero. Eddie recently performed at […]

Our Spotify Playlist for September comes from talented young jazz pianist Harry Thompson. Harry has been a regular at Brighter Sound – both as a participant at projects such as Manchester Jazz Youth Foundation and CHANGE, and also as a work experience student. Following fantastic G.C.S.E. results, Harry is off to Xaverian College, with a future plan of […]

Harry's Spotify Playlist
1st July 2015

Our Spotify Playlist for September comes from talented young jazz pianist Harry Thompson. Harry has been a regular at Brighter Sound – both as a participant at projects such as Manchester Jazz Youth Foundation and CHANGE, and also as a work experience student. Following fantastic G.C.S.E. results, Harry is off to Xaverian College, with a future plan of […]

Liam Frost, solo musician and member of Manchester band TOKOLOSH shares the Spotify Playlist he put together especially for Brighter Sound’s Kirkby High School project. Liam has been leading an exciting music project for Brighter Sound at Kirkby High School with fellow musicians Hannah Hird (Bird to Beast, Ellie Goulding) and Christian Madden (TOKOLOSH, The Earlies). The project […]

Liam Frost's Spotify Playlist
1st July 2015

Liam Frost, solo musician and member of Manchester band TOKOLOSH shares the Spotify Playlist he put together especially for Brighter Sound’s Kirkby High School project. Liam has been leading an exciting music project for Brighter Sound at Kirkby High School with fellow musicians Hannah Hird (Bird to Beast, Ellie Goulding) and Christian Madden (TOKOLOSH, The Earlies). The project […]