“We need to feel connected because it’s community that’s going to get us through these crazy times.”
Tim Booth, from the band James.
Last night the people of Manchester left their houses and apartments and took part in a mass singalong, “Together in One Voice”.
Liam Gallagher, Mark Owen of Take That, James’ Tim Booth, Emeli Sande, Mike Pickering from M People, Tom Walker, Denise Johnson, Liam Fray from The Courteeners and Aitch, all appeared on the big screen on the night, via live stream, and introduced the their songs before the good people of Manchester began to sing them.
A specially-arranged soundtrack, streamed on the night for people to join in, accompanied performances by virtual choirs and musicians from across the city and was specially recorded during lockdown.
The playlist of songs wne on to include Martha and the Vandellas’ Dancing In The Streets, Emeli Sande’sYou Are Not Alone, Tom Walker’s Leave A Light On, James’ Sit Down, and M People’s Search for The Hero.
The finale was Wonderwall by Oasis, introduced by Liam Gallagher.
“Hello Manchester, I hear you’re having a bit of a singalong tonight. Well I’m here to introduce the mother of all singalongs, the one and only Wonderwall. Turn it up!”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham enthused:
“The act of singing together is so powerful,” said. “Tonight was something else, an amazing event of a kind that only Manchester can do.”
Manchester, we are proud of you, and we’re equally proud to be from Manchester.