What we've been up to this month:

In July, our award-winning creative:connection program saw its biggest project so far: we brought 56 pupils from one mainstream and three special schools together to create music! Four of our professional musicians worked collaboratively with disabled and non-disabled pupils from these Manchester and Salford schools to devise seven new pieces of music.

The week of workshops culminated in two energetic, uplifting performances at intu Trafford Centre enjoyed by more than 800 members of the public. Taking place on the main stage in the spectacular Orient Food Hall, the showcase concluded with One Love Manchester, a chant set to music created by all 56 students. Check out this extract:


Even though the skies are grey

Music lifts the clouds away

We’re singing all together

One Love Manchester


“We believe, let’s unite

Stand together, let’s not fight

Although people try to break us

Peace and unity is a must

Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand

Together in Manchester, we must stand

I’m not city or united

I’m a Manchester fan, our kid!


“Cup of tea and Bourbon Cream

Everyone knows that is my dream

Sharing our Tombola ices

Sweet and salty, all the spices

Curry Mile and China Town

This is how we like to get down!”

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