Performance Projects 

New instruments, new music, new ensembles.

Total Vocals

Working for inclusive opportunities in vocal training and performance for 9-19 year olds with SEND in Greater Manchester.

Initially funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, Total Vocals is now a long-term partnership between the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub and ourselves to bridge the gap between SEN/D and mainstream vocal music in Manchester. 

Why not join us at our next Super Sing Event; 10:30-11:30, 27th June at the Quays Theatre, The Lowry Centre, Salford.

There will be a live trio accompaniment with Kenton Mann as MD. 

The Lowry Centre opens at 10:00am so participating groups will be able to access the centre and go straight to the Quays Theatre where you will be met by Sue Mann. You will be shown where to sit and we’ll start promptly at 10:30.  Singers will be on stage, staff and volunteers in the stalls or first tier of boxes. Drinking and eating is not permitted in the theatre.

Event is free but booking is essential. Transport and parking by own arrangement. Please be aware that parking at the Lowry Centre is not permitted.

RSVP to Kenton Mann via email or phone 07704 576591 by 31st March.

The programme will comprise the following songs (not necessarily in this order.) If anything is unclear please call Kenton on 07704 576591.

This Little Light of Mine       Trad

Stand By Me                       Ben E King

Three Little Birds                Bob Marley

I Believe I Can Fly               R Kelly in D published by Zomba Music

Walking on the Moon         Sting. (Chord progression Dm Dm Bb C)

Just a Feeling                     K Mann

Sunshine in my heart          Alison Burns

Let’s Go to the Hop           Medora/White

 Meet the Total Vocals Singing Leaders.

Swan Street Collective

a high quality progression-focused ensemble for young people living with special education needs and movement difficulties who have an aptitude and enthusiasm for music.  

Spring 2017

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Charley, Lucie, Hannah, Natasha and Dominic

A major collaboration between the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub, Brighter Sound and ourselves offering high quality out-of-school activity aspiring to public performance.

Membership is for those aged between 13 and 25. Access is via local music service referral.

We run two six week projects per year in Spring and Summer. We rehearse at the Band on the Wall venue in Manchester. 

Spring 2017- Mission-to make a recording. Mission accomplished.

“Memories” Written by Charley Dyson.

Lead vocals: Charley

Piano improv: Hannah

Cymbal: Lucie

Kaossilator: Dominic

Chime Bars: Natasha

"Walking on the Moon” Police.

Lead vocals: Charley

Glockenspiel: Hannah

Cymbal: Lucie

Kaossilator: Dominic

Chime Bars: Natasha

"One Voice” K Mann

In order of appearance:






Swan Street-as it comes   

00:00- 01:30 Hannah right hand piano

01:30 Charley right hand piano

Flute 1 Dominic

Flute 2 Lucie

Natasha flourishes on piano at 

00:14, 24 





Nothing like a live cymbal


“One Voice"


Dominic going direct on Kaossilator.


"Singing in the City"


Voice over time


Charley “one-take” Dyson

Putting down tracks 


Live improvisation


Change the Music

Funded by National Foundation for Youth Music

Creative music for 16-25’s with SEND in Greater Manchester 2013-14


Everyone who is involved with SEN/D provision knows that there is a major drop off in life choices once youg people leave college.

We believe 18-25 is actually a golden time for many with SEN/D. Physical, medical and behavioural issues are likely to be managed and the strength to concentrate and get around is likely to be as good as it ever will be. This is exactly the time when life choices need to increase not disappear.

Change the Music was an attempt to show what young adults can do given the chance,

Please see our You Tube Channel for video evidence of what our young musicians achieved.

In the Mix

Using electronics to link secondary students with SEN/D to their maintream peers.

We use Korg Kaosillators, iPads, Vocal Processors, anything we can find that enables people to forget what they cannot do and get straight into making and performing music.

Please call if you would like to discuss running an “In the Mix” project for your students.

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