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MUSIC STARS AND GREATER MANCHESTER RESIDENTS JOIN TOGETHER FOR MASS DOORSTEP SINGALONG

Thousands of residents from across the city-region threw open their windows and took to their doorsteps and balconies to join Together in One Voice, a joyous mass singalong on Thursday 28 May at 7.30pm, supported by a host of top musical talent.

The singalong was accompanied by a specially-arranged soundtrack, streamed on the night for people to join in with via MIF LIVE (Manchester International Festival’s online channel), featuring performances by virtual choirs and musicians from across the city region, which had been specially recorded during lockdown.

 Liam Gallagher, Mark Owen of Take That James’ Tim Booth, Emeli Sande, Mike Pickering from M People, Tom Walker, Denise Johnson, Liam Fray from The Courteeners and Aitch all appeared on screen on the night, via the live-stream, to introduce the public’s renditions of their songs.

Kicking off the introductions ahead of the opening song, Take That’s ShineMark Owen said: “We’re made up to have one of our songs chosen to be the opening song for the evening, the beginning of the party….so Manchester, Greater Manchester, it is time Together in One Voice for you to Shine!”

The playlist of hits – which was also broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester – continued with Martha and the Vandellas’ Dancing In The Streets, Emeli Sande’s You Are Not Alone, Tom Walker’s Leave A Light On, James’ Sit Down, andM People’s Search for the hero.

Following an intermission for what may have been the final Clap for Carers, the set list finished up with crowd-pleaser Wonderwall by Oasis, introduced by Liam Gallagher with the words: “Hello Manchester, I hear you’re having a bit of a singalong tonight. Well I’m here to introduce the mother of all singalongs, the one and only Wonderwall. Turn it up!”

A host of other stars also delivered a series of messages of support ahead of the singing including: Coronation Street actors Jennie McAlpine, Simon Gregson and Julia Goulding, DJ and musician Clint Boon, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder from the
Happy Mondays, Mani from the Stone Roses, bands including Blossoms and The Lottery Winners and artists including Jenna G, Slay, Evabee and Oneda, as well as Manchester City footballer Phil Foden.

The doorstep singalong was captured on the night with drones, street cameras and footage from residents for an extended broadcast featuring interviews with artists and participants which will be broadcast on Sunday 31 May, 6pm exclusively on MIF Live.

The event was delivered by social entrepreneur Rose Marley and Manchester International Festival, alongside Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and is supported by Co-op.

Rose Marley, Event Director, said: ‘My heart sang with the city-region tonight. I stepped outside and everyone was out singing and waving across the street. Let’s not forget community as we start to build back’

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “What a brilliant event! Hearing the city streets filled with music and voices and humour again after so long was just wonderful. Something special happened on the doorsteps of Greater Manchester tonight and reminded us not just of what we’ve missed over these last ten weeks of lockdown, but also of what we will have again in the future – friendship, connection, and real hope for better times ahead very soon for everyone.”

John McGrath, Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival said: “Tonight was a fantastic example of how people can come together even in the most extraordinary times. We hope that people found it joyful and uplifting and that this feeling of connection, through music and song, will continue to resonate across Greater Manchester and beyond.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “The act of singing together is so powerful.  Tonight was something else, an amazing event of a kind that only Greater Manchester can do.”

Matt Atkinson, Chief Membership Officer at Co-op said: “As a business we actively support the mental and physical wellbeing of our communities and, at times like these, it’s so important we all come together. This event has been a great way to lift the spirits of the city region and say thanks to those that are working tirelessly on the frontline in our fight against coronavirus – including our own colleagues.”

Here is a playlist of the songs that were sung by the people of Greater Manchester, led by choirs for Together In One Voice.

Rehearsal Dates

The dates for the #togetherinonevoice rehearsals with @danielmcdwyer are as follows: 

Tuesday 19th 8pm  |  Thursday 21st 8pm   |  Monday 25th 8pm   |   Wednesday 27th 8pm

To see all of Dan’s rehearsals, please click the button below. 

More stars line up to support mass community singalong, Together in One Voice

A host of Greater Manchester faces from the world of entertainment have added their support to Together In One Voice, a mass doorstep singalong which will take place tonight (Thursday 28 May), ahead of what is likely set to be the final Clap for Carers.

These include: Coronation Street actors Jennie McAlpine, Simon Gregson and Julia Goulding, DJ and musician Clint Boon, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder from the
Happy Mondays, Mani from the Stone Roses, bands including Blossoms and The Lottery Winners and artists including Jenna G, Slay, Evabee and Oneda, as well as Manchester City footballer Phil Foden

The stars will appear on screen to deliver a series of messages of support ahead of the event tonight, as Greater Manchester residents prepare to sing along from their doorsteps and windows, in a celebration of the importance of community and mental well-being during these unprecedented times.

Clint Boon said: “Manchester, music, and people mean the world to me, and it’s at times like these we’re going through at the moment that make you realise how much we all really need to reach out to each other to help us get through. Music is one of the best tonics I know for helping do this, and I’m really proud to be part of tonight’s event.  I’m going to be standing on my doorstep later with all my family, belting the tunes out, and I hope everyone else does too.

In supporting the project they are joining Liam Gallagher, Mark Owen of Take That, James’ Tim Booth, Emeli Sande, Mike Pickering from M People, Tom Walker, Denise Johnson, Liam Fray from The Courteeners and Aitch , who will all be appearing on screen tonight. They will be introducing the live renditions of their music by the public, accompanied by a specially-arranged soundtrack featuring performances by virtual choirs and musicians from across the city region.

The soundtrack – which includes Take That’s Shine, Martha and the Vandellas’ Dancing In The Streets, Emeli Sande’s You Are Not Alone, James’ Sit Down, Oasis’ Wonderwall, M People’s Search for the hero and Tom Walker’s Leave A Light On – will be streamed tonight for people to join in with from their doorsteps via MIF LIVE, Manchester International Festival’s on-line channel, and will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

Emeli Sande said: “I believe that singing and being part of a choir can be such a positive experience. Music transcends all barriers. I’m so happy to be part of bringing people together to connect and feel stronger.

Around 20 different community choirs and 30 musicians from across the city region have spent the last few weeks recording themselves playing their instruments and singing their parts in isolation in their own homes. Each of these individual vocal and musical parts has then been sent in to Musical Director Dan McDwyer and his team of sound engineers, for mixing into the live versions of the songs that everyone will sing along to during the event.

Amongst the choirs taking part are: The Northern Session Choir, Bee Vocal – The Manchester Mental Health Choir, Manchester Contemporary Youth Choir, Chorus of Others, Northenden Community Choir, Manchester Inspirational Voices, Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, Sunday Boys, Manchester High School for Girls ChoirUrban Stage School of Performing Arts, Levenshulme High School, Stagecoach Performing Arts School, and Leigh community choir.

The event is being delivered by social entrepreneur Rose Marley and Manchester International Festival, alongside Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and is supported by  Co-op.

Rose Marley said:  “Greater Manchester’s artistic community has come out in force to support tonight’s event, and from choirs and musicians, to bands and artists – we truly are all coming Together in One Voice.

The doorstep singalong is being captured on the night with drones, street cameras and footage from residents, for an extended broadcast featuring interviews with artists and participants which will be broadcast on Sunday 31 May, 6pm exclusively on MIF Live.  

David Greenhalgh, GMCA Lead for Culture, said: “The power of song is universal and singing brings well-known benefits including boosting self-esteem and one’s sense of well-being. That is needed at this time more than ever. I would like to thank all the artists involved for throwing their support behind what will be a wonderful event, allowing us to get together in a safe and socially distanced way to prove once again that Greater Manchester really is the cultural heartland of our country. I encourage as many people in our city-region as possible to take part tonight and have fun.

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At 6pm today the highlights show of #TogetherInOneVoice
will air on the @mifestival #YouTube channel https://t.co/gYt034SBZf

Featuring all the songs, special guests & footage of people taking part from across Greater Manchester 💛🐝🎶 https://t.co/O8zgcvtAUM
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. @juliehes will be appearing on tomorrow's #TogetherInOneVoice broadcast - here she shares her lockdown experience & thoughts for the future with @ShowbizKatieMEN

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