Sounds From The Other City

April 25, 2019

10 DAYS TIL SFTOC | Behind the scenes at BBC Philharmonic x Young Identity preparations

For the past 5 years, we’ve been pleased to be able to welcome BBC Philharmonic to Sounds from the Other City. For their first three outings, they collaborated with Ex-Easter Island Head to create a trilogy of works: the first in an empty space that in now Chapel Street’s Co-Op, the second in Salford Cathedral, and the third in the same place but with the added efforts of Laura Cannell. Last year, Laura Bowler and Rachel Goodyear were their collaborators in an incredible piece called Feminine Hygiene, which featured the use of a punching bag and projections to create an individually visceral work. For our Quindecennial, we’re overjoyed to have them working alongside another one of our favourite SFTOC groups, Young Identity – and we’ve managed to get some exclusive behind the scenes looks at their preparations to celebrate there being only 10 DAYS TO GO until Sounds 2019. See below for excellent shots courtesy of Kirsty Fox, as well as quotes from performers.

Opening up our day, the collaboration will combine the power of the spoken word with the magisterial energy of an orchestral ensemble. Performances will start at 2.30pm, and unlike previous years this will not be separately ticketed – please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

We’re down to around 20% of tickets being available – we’re on course to sell out well before the big day itself. Grab yours while you can here:

“Young Identity are a Manchester group of spoken word poets based at HOME and Powerhouse in Moss Side. They’re particularly focused on building us as performers and for different means of sharing our artwork with the community” – Esther Koch, Young Identity performer

“This is the first time that we’ve performed alongside a spoken word group. Previously we have worked alongside various indie bands – but this is a first. It’s going to be great” – Ellie, BBC Philharmonic

“Performing today for the first time with an orchestra has been amazing. It’s been really interesting to see them reimagine the music I’ve been working on” – Reece, Young Identity performer

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with rap artists, it’s something I’ve never really done before. I think it’s going to be quite an interesting experience, but also to have this time to rehearse and discuss what we want to get out of this project and bounce off ideas, it’s been a really great opportunity for everyone” – Ollie BBC Philharmonic

More about Young Identity

Young Identity (YI) is an arts organisation and a charity (charity no. 1181088). YI delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people; we work in partnership with Contact, HOME and Manchester Library Services.  Young Identity’s voice cuts through the noise. We are unique, different and stand out. We believe in the transformative power of the arts in young peoples’ lives.  Our mission is accessibility for all to the arts, writing and performance. A dynamic and innovative organisation, we nurture the talent of tomorrow, empowering disadvantaged and under-represented young people to fulfil their artistic potential.   Young Identity has worked with artists such as Lemn Sissay, international spoken word icon Saul Williams, dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ted Hughes Prize Winner Kate Tempest and the late Amiri Baraka. The work of Young Identity has also featured at Manchester International Festival as part of FlexN (a dance style pioneered by New York’s Reggie Roc Gray), a collaboration between local dancers and the poetry collective to explore new ways of storytelling through words and movement. YI have performed all over the UK, from the South Bank Centre including the National Theatre in London to Hay Festival in Herefordshire as well as internationally at The Schaubuhne in Berlin to Frankfurt International School Youth Poetry Slam in Germany to America’s YI have performed at Brave New Voices to Nuyorican Poetry Café.

More about BBC Philharmonic

The BBC Philharmonic is based at MediaCityUK in Salford and performs an annual season of concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, as well as giving regular concerts in Hanley, Leeds, Kendal and other venues across the north of England.

As one of the BBC’s six performing groups the orchestra records and performs concerts for BBC Radio 3. Most of the concerts the orchestra performs each year will be broadcast on Radio 3.

This performance will be performed by a BBC Philharmonic Ensemble.