Swan Street Collective – applications closed

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Swan Street Collective – applications closed

We’re looking for new members for the Swan Street Collective 2019 – a musical ensemble of young disabled people.

If you’re 13-21, from Greater Manchester and have a musical flair – this is a great opportunity to explore ways to make music, meet new people, and have fun!

This free project will be run by a team of professional musicians led by Kenton Mann from Music Unlimited. Family and carers are welcome to stay and observe sessions.

What’s involved

As a Collective you’ll work together to create new music using a variety of instruments, and in a variety of styles and genres.

Sessions will involve experimentation, improvisation and composition. You’ll also work with Drake Music Lab North to adapt and develop brand new accessible instruments for the Collective.

The project will finish with a special performance in the Barbirolli Room at the Bridgewater Hall.

Dates and times

All sessions will take place on Saturday afternoon (between 1-2.45pm) at Band on the Wall in Manchester city centre.

March (taster sessions)

Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30

May (development and composition)

Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18

June (arrangement and rehearsals for performance)

Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22

The final performance will take place on Sun 23 Jun at Bridgewater Hall.

Throughout March, you are welcome to come along and try a session to see if it’s for you – although we’d really like you to attend as many sessions as possible.

The last four sessions in June are rehearsals to prepare for the performance. We would ask that you are available for all of these dates.

How to take part

You should:

  • Be 13-21 years old
  • Be based in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)
  • Have an aptitude and enthusiasm for making music
  • Be available for as many sessions as possible in May and all sessions in June (see above)
  • Be available 11.30am-2pm on Sun 23 Jun for the performance at the Bridgewater Hall
Sign up

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

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the form in a different format or have difficulty completing the form online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

Other info

Places will be given on a first come first serve basis with membership limited to 11.

All travel arrangements must be made independently.

A limited number of bursaries are available to support the cost of travel to sessions. For information about the bursaries or to find out more about the project in general please email Tim Chatterton tim@brightersound.com or call 0161 830 3899.

Swan Street Collective is part of the Greater Manchester Music Hub ensemble programme.