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We create, curate

and collaborate with

people across Manchester

to create musical memories,

build uplifting communities and

tell stories untold. 

Whether it’s a show celebrating the legacy and impact of musical icons such as Nina Simone and David Bowie, a multi art form project centred on social change, a community choir supporting each other through thick and thin, or a young musician having the opportunity to jam with artists and musicians that have toured the world - we know the power music can play in making the world a brighter place for everyone.

Our History

The Untold Orchestra was founded in 2019 after a group of musicians ran a small, DIY project focused on offering up and coming Manchester artists the chance to perform their original music, backed by an orchestra. 

 

During this time The Untold Orchestra connected with a community of creatives and activists centred around the NIAMOS Arts Centre; a theatre based in Hulme that boasts an incredible history of music, culture and social change. Previously the NIA Centre and BBC Playhouse, the space has been a hub of creativity in the heart of Hulme for years. Whilst much of the building is in a state of disrepair, the spirit of the community thrives. From day one Untold have been supported by the local people of Hulme and Moss Side alongside the NIAMOS in infinite ways. Forging amazing musical memories focused on the music and stories of the local community. So much of Untold's work is inspired and motivated by the visit of Nina Simone to the NIA Centre in 1991. A connection which led to the, now revered, ICON shows of Untold's repertoire.

The Untold Orchestra continues to be galvanised by the spirit and attitude of multiple creative communities throughout Manchester. Seen through multiples project that span the Music, LGBTQ+ Arts, and Community Arts scene. Collaborators that inspire, challenge and push to find new ways that orchestras can inspire audiences,both on and off stage. 

Interrupted by the pandemic, these connections continued digitally, through a series of remote projects; from recording albums and drone shot videos to digital rehearsals. Whilst it provided comfort and creativity during lockdown, The Untold Orchestra flourished when the world's stages re-opened.

 

In the 3 years that followed lockdown, Untold have worked with over 300 creative freelancers: 

  • Performed 1000+ shows to 400,000 people

  • Held workshops and family events for 1000+ young people 

  • Established a community choir that in it’s first 2 years has performed on some of the country’s most prestigious stages and events

 

"We have learned so much during this time and met so many inspiring creative

people along the way, and for that we are so grateful!"

Collaborators & Partners

We're lucky to work with many inspiring partner organisations and collaborators on delivering a variety of projects and performances. Have a look at their incredible work and the opportunities they provide for people across Manchester. 

THE FUTURE

In 2024, we officially launch as a charity, focused on providing uplifting, socially relevant and empowering musical experiences for people throughout Manchester. Now, with the wisdom of a board of trustees, the experience of our creative team, the talent and dedication of our network of artists and the extensive support of our communities, we are taking the next step in transforming how orchestras can make a difference in their communities. 

We are always open to new ideas and collaborations. Our aim is to find new ways for orchestras to make a positive impact. If you appreciate our work, believe in what we do, or have a story you would like to be told, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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