Twice-Mercury Prize nominated, BRIT award winning singer-songwriter Beth Orton is to mentor a specially-selected group of thirteen up-and-coming female musicians, composers and vocalists from all over the UK.

The event, held at Manchester’s Band On The Wall in conjunction with Brighter Sound and Wall of Sounds, will bring together some of the UK’s most exciting young female talent to collaborate with one of the country’s most respected songwriters.

Beth said:

“I am thrilled to be asked to support and take part in this exciting and important project. Getting the chance to mentor — or simply the opportunity to stand as witness to — the diverse, and possibly unheard, talents of artists from all across the UK fills me with curiosity and some apprehension! 

“If I’m lucky I will get to share some of what has been passed along to me over the years. I am equally prepared to be humbled beyond recognition and cannot wait to be so!” 

After noticing that the vast majority of previous applicants were male, Wall of Sounds created this residency especially for female artists in order to spark discussion around women in the music industry and to support emerging female professionals.

Bethan Morgan-Williams, previous residency participant, considers the programme to be an incredibly important opportunity:

Wall of Sounds is the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy, that decides a career, turns on a light, ignites a creative candle – a candle that shines upon your face and lets the world know who you are. It’s the kind of opportunity that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music.”

Beth is perfect for this collaborative mentoring role, having worked with a host of notable musicians including William Orbit, The Chemical Brothers, Terry Callier, Dr. Robert and Ben Harper.

Her residency is an intensive five-day project which will produce new work and culminate in a unique showcase event on Friday 20th February.

Previous Brighter Sound residencies have been held by highly-acclaimed folk group The Unthanks, Grammy award-winners Snarky Puppy and DMC DJ of the Year award-winner, DJ Yoda.