Free 7-week pilot project, hosted at Contact for trans, non-binary and queer people, aged 18-35 in Greater Manchester,

Covid Song Cycle: Wild Voices, in partnership with Contact, composer Michael Betteridge, writer and performer, mandla and creative producer Holly Hunter.

What does our collective future look like post-Covid? What stories do we have from our times during the height of the pandemic? What’s changed, for better, for worse? How do we see and navigate the world moving forward?

This free 7-week pilot project, hosted at Contact, will engage with trans, non-binary and queer people, aged 18-35 in Greater Manchester, in creative writing and music workshops, as we look to the future in our post-pandemic world and explore how our collective experience has impacted on different communities.

Through a guided workshop program, you’ll collaborate closely with artists Michael Betteridge and mandla, and with other people taking part in the project. You don’t need to have any previous experience of music, song or spoken word, just a willingness to take part using any ideas you have to help create a new piece of music.

They are expecting to welcome people who sing and perform regularly, people who have no experience of singing and performance, as well as people with differing and changing voices: they welcome you to come and play, experiment and explore your voices!


Tuesday 6th Sep – this first workshop is an open Taster session – come along to find out more, and then decide whether you’d like to continue for the rest of the project

Tuesday 13th Sep
Tuesday 4th Oct
Tuesday 11th Oct
Tuesday 18th Oct
Tuesday 1st Nov
Tuesday 8th Nov


Monday 22nd August.

If you have any queries about the project, please email:

Michael Betteridge

Described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times) and ‘bold’ and ‘colourful’ (The Times) Michael is a composer with an eclectic output creating work that challenges and inspires audiences and performers alike. Predominantly working with voice in its many forms he has created work for the likes of Alþýðuóperan (Folk Opera Iceland), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Cheltenham Music Festival, Den Jyske Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, Opera North, Psappha, and Welsh National Opera. His music has also featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is artistic director of Manchester’s open access low voiced LGBTQ+ choir The Sunday Boys.


Published on:
25 Jul 2022
Opportunity deadline:
22 Aug 2022


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