Music for a Busy City

Mohammed Fairouz, Matthew Herbert, Huang Ruo, Anna Meredith, Olga Neuwirth, Philip Venables
Music for a Busy City takes six leading composers out of the concert hall and into Manchester, making music for the spaces through which we pass every day.

This pioneering project featured six new pieces of music, each created in response to a specific space in Manchester – from shopping centres and train stations to the Town Hall. Up to 10 minutes long, these recorded pieces became part of the spaces that inspired them – playing in rotation every hour, so you could journey around town and hear each one in succession. Whether you made a special trip or stumbled on the pieces by accident, Music for a Busy City challenged your perception of places you thought you already knew.

I was Lead Producer of the project, liaising with all of the selected composers, venues and partners to record and install their works across the city. 

To view the project site, please see, and to see the artist talk from the Pavilion Theatre during the festival, head over to the BBC here