Music for Cities – Tim Burgess, Peter Hook, Puressence…

Tim Burgess, Peter Hook and Puressence will play a SOLD OUT unique concert at Manchester Cathedral on Thursday November 15th. The evening is called ‘Music for Cities’ and is a charity concert to help young people living on some of the area’s most disadvantaged estates of Greater Manchester.

Tim will be will be accompanied by musicians from the Chetham’s School of Music, alongside bandmate Mark Collins (The Charlatans) on guitar, Martin Duffy from Primal Scream on keyboards and the musical arrangements have been created especially by the celebrated local composer Joe Duddell. Tim says “We heard about the plans at Manchester Cathedral and it was too good to miss. Such an iconic venue and a brilliant idea for a gig, I love gigs in churches but the Cathedral is another notch up. Normally the atmosphere is helped along by the audience enjoying a drink beforehand. I take it there’ll be some altar wine for everyone.”

The night also includes a one off chance to hear Peter Hook and the Light perform the mesmerising music of Joy Division’sUnknown Pleasures,’ to the haunting backing of a 16 piece choir put together specially by Choral Director Greg Batsleer. Hooky’s set is being arranged by film and theatre composer Alex Baranowski. Peter commented “There’s a real detachment from local government in some of these areas. It’s wonderful that local people are being given the opportunity to rise to the challenges. The fact the inspiration for this concert is coming from within these communities is truly awe inspiring. Joy Division’s music is grandiose – just imagine how atmospheric it will sound with those acoustics and the choir.”

Fans of Manchester band Puressence are also in for a treat, listening to the soulful voice of lead singer Jimmy Mudriczki with the choir as part of a full band performance in the 800 year old Cathedral setting.

The line up will be completed by Norway’s Silvert Hoyem and Bad Lieutenant’s Jake Evans, making this an incredible evening of music.

Clare Moreland, the head at Chetham’s School of Music says: “Music for Cities is a superb opportunity for the musicians of Chetham’s to work with some very well known names in the popular music world, sharing their skills and inspiring other young people who are performing and watching the concert.”

Joe Duddell, Professor of Music at Bath Spa University says: “Music enriches all our lives and is not just the preserve of the privileged. For Chets to engage in outreach projects in more disadvantaged communities in and around Manchester and Salford is great. The other charity beneficiaries, United Estates of Wythenshawe and Reclaim directly engage disadvantaged youngsters in creative projects, giving them a vital form of self-expression and keeping them off the streets and away from drugs and gun crime. Some of these youngsters will be performing on stage between the major acts.”

7.00pm Doors Open

7.20pm Jake Evans

7.45pm Sivert Høyem

8.20pm Puressence

9.10pm Peter Hook & The Light

10.05pm Tim Burgess
11.00pm Curfew

All profits will be split three ways; between the charities Reclaim, and the United Estates of Wythenshawe and Chetham’s School of Music.

Reclaim has won many awards both nationally and locally and is now recognised as one of the core projects delivering quality youth opportunities across Greater Manchester. The project is about helping young people build self confidence and reliance on their own inherent talents that even they may not have realised.

United Estates of Wythenshawe are a charity and social enterprise based who help young people to build opportunity, confidence and sustainable futures that do not involve gang membership, violence or substance abuse.

Chetham’s School of Music will use their share of the profits to help fund their new School Building – an incredible new resource for the city of Manchester where there will be free concerts for the public, a new Outreach and Community Centre to benefit children and adults from all backgrounds and abilities across the region and beyond, and a Music Technology Centre with facilities for everyone too.

Joe Duddell is the composer behind the celebrated collaboration between Elbow and The Hallé for Manchester International Festival back in 2009, and recent broadcast of Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC 6 Music. He has also worked with Jimi Goodwin (Doves), James and dubstep pioneers Nero. Joe is also a classical composer with commissions from The BBC Proms.

Alex Baranowski is a film, theatre and dance composer who has worked with the likes of Danny Boyle on Frankenstein, Nicholas Hynter on Hamlet and Ballet Black at The Royal Opera House. Alex recently branched out into the pop world with ‘The xx Symphony’ – a collaboration between The xx and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mercury Music Prize 2011 shortlist revealed

North West music fans will be pleased to see Manchester’s Everything Everything alongside local heroes and 2008 winners Elbow on this year’s list.

The shortlist provides a snapshot of the year in music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of genres in UK music. Check out the shortlist below or go to the Mercury Music Prize website.

Some harmless fun now. Ask Me PR wants to know who you think should win. Check out our poll at the bottom of the post;

Albums of the Year 2011

Everything Everything ‘Man Alive’

‘Man Alive’, Manchester based Everything Everything’s debut album, was produced by David Kosten. Formed in 2007, the four-piece band features members from Northumberland, Kent and Guernsey. ‘Man Alive’ was released on Geffen in August 2010 and includes the singles ‘MY KZ, UR BF’ and ‘Photoshop Handsome’.

‘An exhuberant musical adventure. A thrilling clash of electro, guitar pop, tight rhythms and smart wordplay’

Elbow ‘Build a Rocket Boys!’

‘Build a Rocket Boys!’, Elbow’s fifth album, was produced by the band’s Craig Potter. The five- piece band are from Bury and their previous album, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, won the Mercury Prize in 2008. ‘Build a Rocket Boys!’ was released on Fiction in March 2011 and includes the singles ‘Neat Little Rows’ and ‘Open Arms’.

‘Another compelling collection of songs from one of Britain’s greatest bands. Generous in spirit, brilliantly observed and musically uplifting’

Metronomy ‘The English Riviera’

‘The English Riviera’, Metronomy’s third album, was released by Because Music in April 2011. It was written and produced by the band’s Joseph Mount, originally from Totnes, Devon. The album, recorded in London and Paris, includes the singles ‘She Wants’, ‘The Look’ and ‘The Bay’.

‘A beautifully realised electro-pop dream about growing up on an imagined English Riviera – sparkling, sophisticated and full of intrigue’

Adele ’21’

A worldwide number one, ’21’ was released in January 2011 on XL Recordings and is the follow up to ’19’, Adele’s Mercury shortlisted debut. The majority of the album was produced by Rick Rubin in Malibu and Paul Epworth in London. ’21’ has gone 10 times platinum in the UK and features the singles ‘Rolling in the Deep’, ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire to the Rain’.

‘An extraordinary achievement. An emotional set of remarkable love songs brilliantly performed’

Ghostpoet ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’

Ghostpoet is London born Obaro Ejimiwe. ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’, his debut album, was written whilst at university in Coventry and released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings in February 2011. The album includes the singles ‘Cash and Carry Me Home’ and ‘Survive It’.

‘Mesmerising homemade hip-hop: endlessly inventive beats, laid-back delivery and rueful stories. Completely engaging’

Anna Calvi ‘Anna Calvi’

Anna Calvi’s debut album was released in January 2011 on Domino Records. Recorded in France and Worcestershire, it features a guest appearance from Brian Eno. The album was produced by Anna Calvi along with Rob Ellis and Pritpal Soor. It includes the singles ‘Blackout’ and ‘Desire’.

‘Anna Calvi marks out a unique dramatic territory with powerful vocals and formidable guitar. A passionate and atmospheric debut’

Tinie Tempah ‘Disc-Overy’

‘Disc-Overy’ is Tinie Tempah’s debut album. It was recorded in London and Sweden, and released on Parlophone in October 2010. Tinie, from South East London, is the first UK rap artist to have a million-selling single in the USA, with ‘Written in the Stars’. The number one album also features the Labrinth produced singles ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky’.

‘A brilliant new voice in British urban music. Witty, eclectic, charismatic – ‘Disc-Overy’ is completely irresistible’

Gwilym Simcock ‘Good Days at Schloss Elmau’

Gwilym Simcock, from Bangor, Wales, attended Trinity College and the Royal Academy of Music. Gwilym, a renowned jazz pianist, recorded the album at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria. It was released on ACT in January 2011 and co-produced with Siggi Loch.

‘On his first album as a solo performer, internationally acclaimed pianist Gwilym Simcock takes listeners on a spell-binding, lyrical and absorbing musical journey’

James Blake ‘James Blake’

James Blake’s debut album was written and recorded by the 22-year-old Goldsmiths music graduate at his home in New Cross. The album was released on Atlas/A&M in February 2011, following a series of well-received EPs, and includes the singles ‘Limit to Your Love’ and ‘The Wilhelm Scream’.

‘A strikingly original album. Late night songs, delicate sound fragments, intimate and haunting’

PJ Harvey ‘Let England Shake’

‘Let England Shake’ was recorded in a 19th century church in Dorset and features long- time collaborators Mick Harvey, John Parish and Flood. PJ Harvey is a previous winner of the Mercury Prize and this is her eighth solo album. It was released on Island Records in February 2011 and includes the singles ‘The Words that Maketh Murder’ and ‘The Glorious Land’.

‘PJ Harvey confirms her status as one of Britain’s most creative artists with another landmark album. Musical meditations on history, war and Englishness: gripping and profound’

Katy B ‘On a Mission’

‘On a Mission’ is the debut album by 22-year-old Katy B from Peckham. Katy studied music at Goldsmiths and her album, recorded in London, was released in April 2011 on Rinse/Columbia. It features the top five singles ‘Lights On’, featuring Ms Dynamite, and ‘Katy on a Mission’, produced by Benga.

‘Katy B fashions a wonderfully fresh and vivid pop album from the sounds and encounters of contemporary club culture. Immediate and exhilarating’

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins ‘Diamond Mine’

King Creosote is Kenny Anderson, a well-respected singer/songwriter from Fife and a member of the Fence Collective. Jon Hopkins, an acclaimed musician, composer and producer, has worked with Brian Eno and Coldplay. ‘Diamond Mine’ includes field recordings capturing life in Fife and was released in March 2011 by Domino Records.

‘Jon Hopkins creates the perfect soundscape for King Creosote’s beautiful songs of life in a Scottish coastal village. Gentle, evocative and moving’

Ask Me PR works the Mercury Music Prize 2010!

    

From M-People’s 1994 win with Elegant Slumming, Badly Drawn Boy in 2000 through to local heroes and 2008 winners Elbow, Ask Me PR have been charged with making sure all shortlisted albums and the competition itself are featured on regional radio. This is no mean feat considering that from Cornwall to Orkney, and Norwich to Aberystwyth there’s around 400 radio stations to service!

Today, this year’s nominees for ‘Album of the Year’ were announced, and competition looks to be even fiercer than ever. North West music fans will be pleased to see the inclusion of Mancunian veterans I Am Kloot on this year’s list. Check out the shortlist below or go to the Mercury Music Prize website;