Migrant Voices is a network of 70 musicians from 27 different countries, brought together by Olympias Music Foundation in 2020 through its Arts Council England funded project, Mapping Migrant Voices.
By presenting region-specific examples of music drawn from real-life individuals in Manchester, Mapping Migrant Voices aims to encourage thoughtful engagement with music(s) from other cultures and to counter the othering often accidentally reinforced by projects describing non-western ‘world music’.
Moreover, the Migrant Voices is a bridge between talented diverse musicians in Manchester and multicultural OMF children on our Learn to Play Programme and in our Children's Voices and Youth Voices choirs - connecting the latter with inspiring, relatable musical role models and allowing them to see an adult version of themselves as artists on stage.
On the 4th June 2022, 34 Migrant Voices musicians prémiered 4 new musical works at The Stoller Hall created over the course of a 5-day artist residency led by producers Jo Yee Cheung and Linda Brogan, funded by Arts Council England.
The Migrant Voices project, and the ensuing performances, celebrate the diversity of people and their music across Greater Manchester, and invites audiences to explore and connect with the wealth of musical creativity on their doorstep.
Meet our Researchers
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