Two high profile Manchester birthdays, one epic creative music project
In the Summer of 2017, Transport for Greater Manchester and The Bridgewater Hall collaborated on an exciting project, ‘Tram Tracks’, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of Metrolink and The Bridgewater Hall’s 21st Birthday. This large-scale creative music project aimed to truly reflect the diverse communities across Greater Manchester and how those communities’ lives have been changed by the tram.
Well over 1200 people from communities from across Greater Manchester have spent three months researching, writing and recording 93 brand new tracks; each inspired by the areas surrounding the 93 stops on the Metrolink network. This large-scale creative music project resulted in a wonderfully eclectic mix of sounds and songs which truly reflect the spirit, history and people of Greater Manchester. New friendships have been forged, creative partnerships have blossomed, minds have been expanded, forgotten stories unearthed and countless people inspired.
On Sunday 9 July 2017 more than 350 people performed on the main stage at The Bridgewater Hall, spread across two gala concerts. On Monday 17 July 2017, the anniversary of Metrolink’s official opening, the tracks will became available to listen to online for free. We hope that you enjoy listening to the many wonderful sounds and stories about Greater Manchester and enjoy reading about the stops, tracks and groups within these pages.
This socially engaging project is a collaboration between The Bridgewater Hall, Transport for Greater Manchester, Metrolink and The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust.
Please click the images below for the history of Metrolink (requires a PDF reader) and the history of The Bridgewater Hall.
Thanks are due to:
Each participant who has been involved in the project for their creativity, hard work and imagination in researching their local area, penning lyrics, writing music and performing; Transport for Greater Manchester and Metrolink for their belief in the project and their help and support; Tram Tracks Creative Director, Sarah Atter for her inspiration and determination; the extremely talented Tram Tracks Creative Team for creating a colourful musical history of Manchester; The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust and The Bridgewater Hall for funding and producing the project; the vast team of community songwriters, lyricists, poets, composers, arts organisations, education providers and musicians from across Greater Manchester who have helped to create this outstanding project.
Michael Betteridge, Aidan Jolly, Eve Harrison, Claire Mooney, Holly Marland, Joe Harrison-Greaves, Thomas Verity, James Holt, Gemma Ashcroft, Tom Scott, Hannah McCabe
Administration, Design, Marketing, Logistics and PR
The staff of The Bridgewater Hall, Transport for Greater Manchester and Metrolink