A host of top musical talents who all share a common love for Manchester will be introducing live renditions of their songs by local residents in the Together In One Voice event, a mass doorstep sing-a-long on Thursday 28 May at 7:30pm.
Liam Gallagher, Take That, James, Emeli Sande, Mike Pickering, Tom Walker and the Courteeners are among the stars supporting 'Together in One Voice'.
And even more famous faces have added their support to the singalong, ahead of what is likely set to be the final Clap for Carers.
Tim Booth, lead singer with the Manchester band James says their hit song 'Sit Down' which will be sung tonight has even more emotion, after the dealth of his father in law to Covid-19.
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
Artists including Jenna G, Slay, Evabee and Oneda
Manchester City footballer Phil Foden.
The stars will appear on screen to deliver a series of messages of support ahead of the event on Thursday from 7.15pm, 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.
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. 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 stunning live versions of the songs that everyone will sing along to during the event.
The playlist for the event will be:
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
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."
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!" >
The doorstep singalong is being captured on the night with 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 on Sunday 31 May, 6pm (also on MIF Live).