Manchester Hill Remembered

On 13th April, Manchester Histories came together with Manchester City Council and Brighter Sound to present ‘Manchester Hill Remembered’ an immersive, multi-disciplinary performance event at Manchester Cathedral to commemorate the Battle of Manchester Hill. A late action in the First World War with special resonance to the City of Manchester. Over 800 people gathered in the Cathedral to hear music and poetry specially created by both established professional artists and young and emerging artists whose work developed as part of a week-long residency project. The music was accompanied by striking visuals created by Bec Smith (Urban Projections) who worked with members of the local community to develop her approach.

Brass Band Manchester HillAudience members said:

"It was really poignant and made me feel proud to be a Mancunian! And what an incredible performance it was! […] The visuals were incredible too...the whole thing was excellent! "

“It is a tricky balance to pull off between honest commemoration and gung-ho nationalism and moving people and mawkishness. I think this was done really well.”

“A wonderful example of how the past can be brought to life for a contemporary audience”

“A good story with excellent poetry and storytelling. Didn't know what to expect but enjoyed every second! Well produced and executed! Manchester Talent at its best, and you can quote me on that!”

The visuals were epic. It was pulled off with aplomb. ....It was a total triumph for all”

“Manchester Hill Remembered was just magnificent, the wealth and strength of highly creative work was not only breathtaking it was deeply moving.”

After the huge success of this large scale commemoration event, Manchester Histories will be showcasing some of the work that was created in this ambitious project at the flagship Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day on 10th June.

Based in the Reading Room at Manchester Central Library, a video screening of the event itself will be available to view along with audio recordings taken from the event. Alongside these, artists from the project will be appearing to share their work live. Archive material that was collated on the action will also be available to peruse and explore with the guidance of an archivist.

We look forward to being able to welcome more people to explore the history and resonance of this action and share the amazing work that has been created.

Manchester Hill Remembered is presented by Brighter Sound, Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council. It has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund and has received support from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment through the Armed Forces Community Covenant, and by Manchester Cathedral.

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