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06 November, 2013

Music for Cities – 21 and 22 November

The legendary Peter Hook in action
The legendary Peter Hook in action
A magnificent venue – two incredible nights – one wonderful cause.
Doors open at 7pm

St Peter’s Church in Ancoats in Manchester was once a prominent centre of worship. On 21 November, people will have the chance to share this restored historic space with Manchester legends, Peter Hook and A Certain Ratio supported by young classical musicians from the city. It’s a unique opportunity to be part of the first ever concert in the Hallé Orchestra’s new rehearsal room and to change young lives, one song at a time.

Venue: the historical home of the Halle Orchestra
Venue: the historical home of the Halle Orchestra
Built in 1859, the newly refurbished church now stands like a beacon of hope in the heart of Ancoats. On being part of the first night’s intimate event, Peter Hook says: 'The building is stunning and all the work the Hallé has put to bring it back to life makes it the perfect space for concerts. It’s great that we’ve been asked to be part of the first concert here, to share the stage with some of the city’s most talented classical musicians.'

Peter will be joined by The Light with vocal support, drawn from a choir of talented young people. Together, they will present music from New Order and Joy Division. Peter comments: 'It really will be an historic night and an incredible atmosphere and it’s for a great cause. When I visited United Estates of Wythenshawe, I saw their work to build the recording studio and set up the gym. I’m proud to be part of what they’re doing to make lives better.'

Proceeds and profits will go directly to Manchester’s hardest to reach youths. The money will be spent on projects created by the young people who live there, for the young people who live there. 'Music for Cities first event at the Cathedral quickly sold out,' says Peter, 'This time round, in St Peter’s, it will be much more personal affair with just 150 tickets.'

Stooshe: 'We're making a difference'
Stooshe: 'We're making a difference'
On the second night, ‘Music for Cities’ presents the London based trio Stooshe. The trio has already sold 800,000 singles and their last release  ‘Blackheart’ spent 6 weeks in the top 5. 'We grew up in London and the problems young people experience in Manchester are exactly the same,' says Karis Anderson. 'To be part of Music for Cities, to be performing our music in this stunning venue and knowing we’re making a difference – it doesn’t get much better,' she adds. Stooshe will be performing for the first time with classical musicians from the Hallé Youth Orchestra. 

This year’s two nights are not just about the music. Martin Moscrop from legendary Manchester band, A Certain Ratio: 'Having two members in the band who grew up in Wythenshawe, we were impressed by what The United Estates were doing to help young people in the area.  This support they offer not only helps young people in a creative way but also in an educational and motivational way to give them a focus and help them to develop themselves as members of a very important part of Manchester’s community.'

Music for Cities is fronted by Greg Davis, John Macaulay, Vikas Shah, and Kevin Matthews from the United Estates of Wythenshawe, which is part of the Initiatives of Change Sustainable Communities programme. 

Music For Cities takes place on 21 and 22 November.
Doors open at 7 pm.
Tickets from Ticketmaster and Ticketline.
Thursday 21 November: Peter Hook & The Light with choir, A Certain Ratio, (£40)
Friday 22 November: Stooshe with Hallé Youth Orchestra and Olos (£35)

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