MUSIC for CITIES. Manchester Cathedral, Thurs 15th November.
A unique concert in stunning surroundings to help Manchester's most deprived communities.
Tickets On Sale 9am 11th November 2012
Tim Burgess and Peter Hook are to play a unique one-off concert at Manchester Cathedral to help youngsters living in deprived areas of Manchester.
Tim will headline the night accompanied by the strings and choir from the Chetham's School of Music. " We heard about the plans at Manchester Cathedral and it was too good to miss. Such an iconic venue and a brilliant idea for a gig,"says Tim. "I love gigs in churches but the Cathedral is another notch up. Normally the atmosphere is helped along by the audience enjoying a drink beforehand. I take it there'll be some altar wine for everyone?"
The arrangements for Tim's sethave been created especially by the celebrated local composer, Joe Duddell. “Chets is a centre of excellence and produces the next generation of classical musicians for the UK and beyond," says Joe. "Music enriches all our lives and is not just the preserve of the privileged. For Chets to engage in outreach projects in more disadvantaged communities in and around Manchester and Salford is great”.
Proceeds and profits will go directly to a number of local charities and into tough inner city areas. The money will to be spent on projects organised by Reclaim and United Estates of Wythenshaw. These projects will be created by the young people who live in there, for the young people who live there. Says Tim; "I love the fact that playing a gig can result in helping anyone out. When I was younger, going to gigs definitely gave me a sense of direction, an idea of what you could achieve outside of what you're told at school."
Clare Moreland, the head at Chetham's School of Music says: "Music for Cities is a superb opportunity for the musicians of Chetham's to work with some very well known names in the popular music world, sharing their skills and inspiring other young people who are performing and watching the concert."
The night will also include a one off chance to hear Peter Hook and the
Light perform the mesmerizing music of Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures,' to
the haunting backing of Chetham's Choir. Hooky’s set is being arranged by
film and theatre composer Alex Baranowski.
Peter was born in Ordsall and says he knows what it's like to grow up on an estate where the residents feel neglected; "There's a real detachment from local government in some of these areas. It's wonderful that local people are being given the opportunity to rise to the challenges. The fact the inspiration for this concert is coming from within these communities is truly awe inspiring."
On performing in the 800 year old venue, Peter says; "Joy Division's music is grandiose - just imagine how atmospheric it will sound with those acoustics and Chetham's Choir. "
Music For Cities takes place on November 15th.
Doors open at 7.
Tickets priced £18.50 from Ticketmaster & Ticketline.
The event has been organised by local businessmen John Macaulay and Vikas Shah, together with Kev Matthews from the band Puressence and Greg Davis who is the CEO of United Estates of Wythenshawe.
Joe Duddell was recently appointed as Professor of Music at Bath Spa University. Hestudiedmusic at Salford University and then with Steve Martland at the Royal Academy ofMusic, where he became Composition Fellow. He spent four years as Lecturer in Composition at Exeter University after which he joined the staff of Brunel University. In September 2007 he took up the position of Reader inMusic at Salford University. His works have been performed at many major festivals and venues both nationally and internationally and he has received several commissions from the BBC.
All profits will be split three ways; between the charities Reclaim, Chetham's School of Music and the United Estates of Wythenshaw.
Reclaim has won many awards both nationally and locally and is now recognised as one of the core projects delivering quality youth opportunities across Greater Manchester. The project is about helping young people build self confidence and reliance on their own inherent talents that even they may not have realised.
Chetham's School of Music will use their share of the profits to help fund their new School Building – an incredible new resource for the city of Manchester where there will be free concerts for the public, a new Outreach and Community Centre to benefit children and adults from all backgrounds and abilities across the region and beyond, and a Music Technology Centre with facilities for everyone too.
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