A host of Manchester stars are taking part in a mass doorstep sing-a-long event this Thursday night.
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 rapper Aitch are all involved in the ‘Together In One Voice’ event.
They will be introducing live renditions of their songs, which will be sung by the public.
The one off event has been produced in lockdown and is designed to celebrate the spirit and importance of community in these unprecedented times, while uniting people from across Greater Manchester.
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The public are being asked to sing along with the event, which will also feature other well-known Manchester faces from the world of entertainment.
Tom Walker said: “It’s great to be part of Together in One Voice, Manchester has been such a massive inspiration to me over the years.”
Singer, Tom Walker says Manchester has been an inspiration to him
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The special set-list of songs will be streamed via MIF LIVE – Manchester International Festival’s online channel – alongside introductions and contributions from the artists.
Take That: Shine
Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing In The Streets
Emeli Sande : You Are Not Alone
Tom Walker: Leave A Light On
James: Sit Down
M People: Search for the hero
The soundtrack features 20 different community choirs and around 30 musicians from across the city region who have all spent the last few weeks recording themselves playing their instruments and singing their parts in isolation in their own homes.
Mark Owen will be among the stars introducing their songs
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Each individual vocal and musical part 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 with.
Dan said: “It’s been a huge task recording choirs and 30 musicians including rhythm, horns, and strings, plus coordinating sound engineers and mixing vocals from around 20 different choirs – all recording from their own homes safely within social distancing.
“But what a moment it’s going to be when those choirs, all singing in their bedrooms, are amplified by thousands of voices across Greater Manchester.”
Liam Fray of the Courteeners
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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham added: “Lockdown has been taking a toll on us all but this is a night that will give everyone a real lift. It’s a moment to celebrate the strength of our communities and what people have done to help each in these difficult times.
“Together In One Voice will help us all feel connected, despite the need to keep a distance, and will be one of those incredible occasions which make Greater Manchester so special. We are grateful to some of our biggest names for supporting our communities in this and creating a moment we’ll never forget.
“I would encourage everyone to get involved and get out on your doorstep!”
Tim Booth of James is part of the event
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The event will be filmed on drones, street cameras and residents’ own films that will be edited together afterwards along with interviews with artists and participants to produce an extended broadcast which will be transmitted this Sunday at 6pm, also on MIF Live.
People are being invited to send videos of their own doorstep or window singalong from the night to togethermcr.com for possible inclusion in the YouTube broadcast on 31 May.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership, said: “We’ve all turned to music or a great song when times have been tough and all know how uplifting that can be.
Emeli Sande will introduce her song You Are Not Alone
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“On Thursday we’re giving everyone across the whole of Greater Manchester the chance to join in and sing Together In One Voice from their doorsteps and windows to harness that magical power of music and to re-connect again with their neighbours and communities.”
The event is being delivered by Social Entrepreneur Rose Marley and Manchester International Festival alongside Manchester City Council and GMCA, and is supported by Co-op.
Aitch is involved in the event
Matt Atkinson, chief membership officer at Co-op said: “At times like these it’s important we come together and bring a little joy to those around us and this event is 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”.
Together In One Voice takes place on Thursday, May 28 at 7.30pm.