Andy Scott: Mancunity

St Ann's Stage

Mancunity is a fanfare to the future and a celebration of our great city.

This large-scale piece by award-winning composer Andy Scott will open mjf 2019 in a citywide mass participation event.

The piece is inspired by the beating heart of Manchester, the people, their resilience, music history and future facing attitude. Starting from different points across the city centre, crowds can join north west artists as they lead musical processions filled with energy, vibrancy and sound towards our main stage in St Ann’s Square.

Here they pass the baton to an eclectic hand chosen ensemble of musicians who, under the direction of British Composer Award Winner Andy Scott, will take audiences on a journey of imagination and positivity.

Made possible with funds from Granada Foundation

Be a part of it!

If you’re a player – amateur or professional, young or old, any style or standard – and you can play your instrument unplugged and walking along, we’d love to have you in our parade! All you need to do is register in advance here, turn up at St Ann’s Church by 4.30 on the day, and, following a short and simply brief from Andy, be able to improvise for 10 minutes. 

Make some noise for the mjf 2019 opener!


Andy Scott tenor saxophone / Caitlin Laing vocals, flute, baritone saxophone / Carl Raven soprano & baritone saxophone, bass clarinet / Jeff Guntren tenor saxophone / Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / Nik Svarc guitar / Jemma Freese vocals, keyboards /  Claire Cope keyboards / Ben Muirhead double bass / Dave Hassell drums, percussion / Jack McCarthy, Josh Savage percussion

As Manchester’s longest-running music festival, we’re all about celebrating the spirit of our borough and its people. We feel it is important this event is free of charge for audiences as we show our pride in this great city. mjf is a registered charity so we need your help to create this world premiere and magical musical moment.  

You can sponsor a musician taking part in this event from as little as £10 and get a range of mjf benefits in return. Your support will help us realise this exciting project and continue our legacy as a champion of new talent and fresh and original musical works.  

Sponsor a player

Date: thursday 23 may 2019

Time: 17.00 - 18.00 |

Price: Free

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