These Days – The Manchester Peace Song Cycle

Celebrated Manchester poet Tony Walsh with a team of outstanding female composers have created an unique first for the city - The Manchester Peace Song Cycle.

Fusing music, poetry and drama, ‘These Days’ is a modern classical song cycle with libretto by the acclaimed Manchester poet Tony Walsh, dramaturgy and direction by Caroline Clegg and musical direction by Thomas D Hopkinson.

It is especially composed for solo voices and choirs by an outstanding team of composers, all with northern connections; Nicola LeFanu, Emily Howard, Ailis Ni Riain, Anna Appleby, Lizzy Gur, Lucy Hale, Freya Ireland, Grace Mason, and Carmel Smickersgill.

Told through the eyes of the beloved lions, These Days fuses music, poetry and drama and will take audiences on a beautiful journey from sunrise to sunset, sharing the tears the past and the joy and laughter of all that we value in peace time.

This is a celebration of Peace and Manchester as a place renowned for it’s strength of people, regeneration and rebirth after conflict and disaster. A city that has started revolutions and global movements such as Women’s rights, the first nuclear free city and is the secretariat of the international Mayors for Peace.

This is a first for Manchester and the ten songs will be gifted to the community to be used in schools and community groups across the North West.


Public World Premiere of ‘These Days’
Wednesday 21st November, 7.45pm
Tickets: £15 / £8 concs

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