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Tram Tracks

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Transport for Greater Manchester and The Bridgewater Hall are joining forces to deliver an exciting project, Tram Tracks, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Metrolink and The Bridgewater Hall’s 21st Birthday.

Tram Tracks is a large-scale creative music project which aims to truly reflect the diverse communities across Greater Manchester and how those communities’ lives have been changed by the tram.

Over 900 adults and children are expected to take part in the creation of 93 new pieces of music – one for each stop on the vast Metrolink network.

Groups taking part from South Manchester representing Metrolink stops include: Chorlton High School, (St Werburgh’s Road and Barlow Moor Road); One Education, (Withington); Lancasterian Special School, (Burton Road) and The Elizabeth Gaskell Ladies Group and Enjoy Arts, (Didsbury Village).

An image of School StudentsSong writing sessions and rehearsals for this massive initiative are already underway with groups of 10 or more working alongside professional musicians and facilitators from The Bridgewater Hall.

Created by and with members of the community, each track will reflect the area and activities around each individual stop.

Groups have been selected by The Bridgewater Hall and TfGM and include schools, community groups and arts organisations crossing a wide range of diverse cultural groups.

Tram Tracks will culminate with two epic gala concerts at The Bridgewater Hall on Sunday 9 July, featuring many of the groups.

Metrolink passengers will be able to enjoy a series of pop-up performances on the network on 17 July, Metrolink’s 25th anniversary. On Monday 17 July all 93 tracks will be available to listen to and download online.

Paula Wilson, Learning and Participation Manager at The Bridgewater Hall said: “The Bridgewater Hall has been thrilled to join forces with Metrolink for this fabulous anniversary celebration. Preparations are well underway for this exciting project which brings together communities from all over the Greater Manchester area. Groups have been working with music professionals in the run up to the performances taking place in July, which we’re sure will thrill and delight people.”

The Bridgewater Hall will turn 21 on Monday 11 September 2017 and will celebrate with an Open Doors birthday weekend on 9 and 10 September.

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