world premiere: 'Mancunity' - mjf opening show

by manchester jazz festival in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

world premiere: 'Mancunity' - mjf opening show


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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by April 26th 2019 at 11:31am

Help support our most ambitious original commission yet, from award-winning composer Andy Scott, celebrating the spirit of Manchester

by manchester jazz festival in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Our Story

As Manchester’s longest-running music festival, and the only live music event on the city's streets, we’re all about celebrating the spirit of our great borough and its people.

mjf is a registered not-for-profit charity so we need your help to create this magical musical moment in celebration of our great city.

We’d love our mjf community and the city of Manchester to get involved and support this one off, world premiere event.

The Project

'Mancunity' is a fanfare to the future and a celebration of Manchester. This large-scale piece by award winning composer Andy Scott will open mjf 2019 in a citywide mass participation event.

This piece is inspired by the beating heart of Manchester, the people, their resilience, our musical history and fierce future-facing attitude.

Drawing on the words of poet Tony Walsh, this world premiere will echo the recent histories of Manchester and pave the way for a bright, dynamic and loud future for the people of the city and their music.

Starting from different points across the city centre, crowds can join North West musicians as they lead musical processions filled with energy, vibrancy and sound towards our festival hub main stage in St Ann’s Square. Here they pass the baton to an eclectic hand-chosen ensemble of musicians who, under the direction British Composer Award winner Andy Scott, will take audiences on a journey of imagination and positivity.

How Your Support Will Help

In our pledge to work with emerging musicians from the North West, we have been ambitious in our aim to work with over 100 bright musicians from the area.

It is important to us that this event is free of charge for audiences of all backgrounds as we show our pride for this great city.

Your support will help us realise this exciting project and continue our legacy as a champion of new talent, and fresh, original musical works.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Sponsor-a-Player & Bronze mjf friends membership

For £50, not only do you get to sponsor one of our 100 local artists, you will also receive a bronze membership to our mjf friends scheme (usually £30)! This means that you will be eligible for some amazing perks across the year, including free entry to Matt & Phreds on Fridays and Saturdays year round, and also discounted advance tickets to all of our shows.

£10 or more

A little thank you, especially for you

For £10, as a thank you for your donation, you will receive a limited edition postcard from us at mjf

£30 or more


For £30, you get the opportunity to sponsor your own player! A thank you will be put in the programme at the performance, and you get to have that lovely, warm feeling that comes with supporting an emerging performer on their professional debut.

£80 or more


For £80, you get the opportunity to sponsor not just one, but a Trio of players - they always say three is a magic number! You will receive a special thank you in the programme for the gig for your generous donation.

£125 or more


For £125, you get to sponsor a whole Quintet of players! This is the perfect way for jazz lovers or local businesses to support emerging North West talent, and you will receive a very special thank you in the programme for the event.

£250 or more

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An Invitation to a Sneak-Peek Rehearsal

For a donation of £250, you will receive an invitation to attend one of the rehearsals for this piece, getting a sneak peek of the show before the rest of the world and having the opportunity to meet Andy Scott, the award-winning composer who has created this work.

£500 or more

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VIP Drinks Reception and Meet the Composer

For the generous donation of £500, you and a guest will be invited to a VIP drinks reception with Andy Scott, the award-winning composer of this piece. Complementary drinks will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to hear Andy Scott discuss this new work in a Q&A session.

Let's make 'world premiere: 'Mancunity' - mjf opening show' happen