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Singing and songwriting workshop

A safe space for LGBTQ+ young people to explore their creativity

Join us at 42nd Street on Tuesday evenings to immerse yourself in the art of song writing with singer-songwriter Holly Redford Jones and composer Michael Betteridge. This weekly project is open to LGBTQ+ young people (aged 16-25) who face housing pressures. You don’t need to have any musical experience to join in – just bring your imagination!

These fun and creative sessions will explore lyric writing, melody writing and will work towards an informal performance for friends and family as well as a tour of Manchester’s international concert venue The Bridgewater Hall.

Pizza and snacks provided!

For more details, ring Emma on 07432 242649 or email at

1 February to 15 March*, 5pm to 6:30pm

42nd Street
The Space, 87-91 Great Ancoats St
Ancoats, Manchester M4 5AG

* The performance on 15 March will be at The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS

Holly Redford Jones

Holly Redford Jones is a singer-songwriter from Chesterfield. She fuses soft guitar tones with distinctive vocals that gravitate towards indie tendencies yet sit comfortably within jazz and folk spheres as well. Imaginary sonic love child of the likes of Kevin Morby and Joni Mitchell, Holly was announced as a winner of the 2019 Drake Yolanda Award for emerging artists and released her EP, Call Me When You Wake UP, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in Spring 2020.

Michael Betteridge

Described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times) and ‘bold’ and ‘colourful’ (The Times) Michael is a composer with an eclectic output creating work that challenges and inspires audiences and performers alike. Predominantly working with voice, theatre, and with nonprofessional/young performers he has created work for the likes of Alþýðuóperan (Folk Opera Iceland), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Cheltenham Music Festival, Den Jyske Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, Opera North, Psappha, and Welsh National Opera. His music has featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and he has received accolades for his work in the UK and abroad including nominations for an RPS Award (Across the Sky) and an Icelandic Music Award (#echochamber). He is artistic director of the open access low voiced LGBTQ+ choir The Sunday Boys based in the city of Manchester, UK.

Streetwise Opera

An award-winning arts company that uses music and creativity to inspire and empower people recovering from homelessness. To find out more about our work, check out Ruben’s story.

Artwork: Steve Johnson