Music for a

Busy City

Mohammed Fairouz, Matthew Herbert, Huang Ruo, Anna Meredith, Olga Neuwirth, Philip Venables

Music for a Busy City takes six leading composers out of the concert hall and into Manchester, making music for the spaces through which we pass every day.

This pioneering project features six new pieces of music, each created in response to a specific space in Manchester – from shopping centres and train stations to the Town Hall.

Up to 10 minutes long, these recorded pieces become part of the spaces that inspired them – playing in rotation every hour, so you can journey around town and hear each one in succession.

Whether you make a special trip or stumble on the pieces by accident, Music for a Busy City will challenge your perception of places you thought you already knew.

Use this site to read more about each composer, explore each of the locations in 360 and to hear previews of each piece of music. Visit the How To page for more information.