Recently, there have been many events commemorating Peterloo, and these are set to culminate with a special day of music and spoken word performances. From the Crowd will take place later this month, exactly 200 years after the tragedy, outside Manchester Central – the area that was once St. Peter’s Field. Members of the public, including descendants of people who were at the protest, will play their part in an immersive experience which will be performed three times during the day. Eyewitness accounts of Peterloo and the words of contemporary protestors and poets will be woven together, backed by a specially composed musical soundscape. Sometimes a single voice will be heard, and other times a choir of hundreds will amplify the story. There will also be a reading of the names of the dead, and musical performances from Streetwise Opera, Aziz Ibrahim, and Commoners Choir. Organised by many different community groups and organisations, From the Crowd also aims to recognise those who suffer under oppressive regimes today. Tickets are required, and these can be booked for free via the link, below.

Fri 16 Aug, Outside Manchester Central,
Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX
, FREE, 12.30pm/5.30pm/8.00pm,
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Fri 2 Aug 2019