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Better Songs 

Better Songs is a Leeds based audio collective formed by artists, Rosie Parsons and Verity Watts. Working together to tell stories in new ways, they fall between the cracks of sound art, music, journalism and turntablism. Their mission is to “showcase the artistic power of sound, music and words, combining them in a way that connects an audience even more deeply to the content.”

Previous Projects 

Take a look back at all previous work produced by Better Songs, here.

Our highlights include:

How to Build a Spaceship – Commissioned in March 2023, the team blended spoken word, electronic sounds, tape machines, turntables and music to journey backwards in time, discovering Leeds’ past as a pioneer of science fiction.

Memento Mori– A podcast series creating sonic stories from the work of photographer Peter Mitchell, who captured the demolition of Quarry Hill flats in the late 1970s.

Verity Watts 

Verity uses music, sounds and words to tell stories in new ways. She’s created and performed around the country working with Manchester Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Arts Council England. Her work includes “How to Build a Spaceship’, ‘The Story of Leeds Jazz’ and ’The Chronicles of Rothwell Temperance Band’. Verity is an alumni of our hothouse programme and we are excited to welcome her back to mjf.

Rosie Parsons 

Rosie is an audio producer and artist based in Leeds. Her work has featured on both local and national radio. Her audio journey began with making work for experimental radio arts’ festival Radiophrenia, and she now brings her creative approach to producing podcasts, audio documentaries and performances.

She’s interested in unearthing hidden histories, with projects taking the listener on journeys via narrowboats and buses, through lost botanical gardens, and long demolished buildings. Recent audio work includes commissions for Leeds Museums and Galleries, Brighter Sound, Leeds Inspired, and now, The Manchester Jazz Festival.