'Together in One Voice' - mass sing-a-long across GM

Together In One Voice is an invitation to the whole of Greater Manchester to join together in song; to promote community spirit and to harness the power of music and the mental health benefits of singing.

On Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm, Greater Manchester will fill the streets with music as local residents and famous faces come ‘Together in One Voice’ for a mass sing-a-long from their doorsteps and windows.

Partners, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Manchester International Festival (MIF) and the Co-Op are looking to create one of the largest community choirs in the world – spanning 500 square miles of social distanced singing – for Together In One Voice.

The event will be livestreamed via YouTube as part of Manchester International Festival’s online programme MIF LIVE. It will also be captured under social distancing guidelines with drones, street cameras and your own films – and edited together to produce a film set for national release on the evening of Sunday 31st May and we need YOU to get involved and feature in the final video.

How do I get involved?

  1. On Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm visit togethermcr.com - take your tablet/phone and head to your window or doorstep to film yourself and members of your household taking part in the online singalong. This will last roughly 30 mins, leading into the regular ‘clap for our carers’ at 8pm. If you are part of a group or collective, get creative and think about how you can all be identified in the video you send in e.g. wearing your promotional t-shirt, waving a flag, showing the products you make etc. You’ll be able to upload your filmed footage from 28th May at togethermcr.com and you will be asked to include the name of your group or how you want to be named.

  2.  Your footage, along with other footage captured on the night by our film crews under social distancing guidelines with drones and street cameras will be edited together to produce a full show for national release on the evening of Sunday 31st May

  3. In the lead up to the event you can also join one of our online community choir sessions, commencing 15 May at 8pm, led by Choir Director Dan McDwyer. Details and links available at www.togethermcr.com and absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary.

  4. You can also help to spread the word – don’t forget to tag @togethermcr and use the hashtag #togetherinonevoice when posting on social media

Remember, no singing experience is required, just a sense of community spirit. If you have any further questions, please visit: togethermcr.com

On Tuesday 26th May, we will release the names of the artists and the tracks that we will join together to sing on Thursday 28th May. Tom Walker’s ‘Leave a Light On’  will feature community groups - so that’s the one you need to record and submit in order to be showcased in the full show that will be released on Sunday 31st May.

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