The songs have been arranged by Stockport-born composer Andrew J Smith and both choirs have been performing it live, to rapturous responses, for the last few years. A year on from the Manchester Arena attack the choirs wanted to do something to remember all those who were affected by the terrible events and recording the Mash-Up seemed like the perfect tribute. The two choirs joined forces and partnered with The Met (Bury) who offered them the opportunity to use their professional recording facilities at Edwin Street Studios free of charge, under the expert supervision of The Slow Readers Club producer Phil Bulleyment.
Everyone involved in the recording has been a volunteer and most of the writers have kindly waived all or part of their royalties in support of the release. The Ultimate Manchester Mash-Up features classic songs from the following bands: Elbow – ‘One Day Like This’, The Verve – ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, Courteeners – ‘Not Nineteen Forever’, James – ‘Sit Down’, Heather Small – ‘Proud’, Stone Roses – ‘ I Am the Resurrection’, Oasis – ‘Whatever’/ ‘Champagne Supernova’ / ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and Take That – ‘The Greatest Day of our Lives’.
Bury Community Choir – the choir was formed in 2013 by specialist music teacher Katie Geelan for people living and/or working in the Bury area. They perform at a variety of events throughout the year, mostly in a fundraising capacity. Katie also conducts Bury Young Voices (Encore) made up of young people from schools/colleges across the borough. Together the two choirs have members ranging from 8 years to 74 years of age.
On May 22nd Bury Young Voices (Encore) have been invited to sing in St Ann’s Square as part of the events which will mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. Their performance will be broadcast live on TV/radio.
The Ultimate Manchester Mash-Up recording is available as a free download now through the Just Giving link.
Video link to last year’s mainstage performance of the songs at the Head For the Hills Festival, Ramsbottom.