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First Street Festival: The Untold Orchestra Saturday

The Untold Orchestra are a partner for First Street Festival and will be programming the artists you’ll see 1-3 July.

The Untold Orchestra are a collaborative orchestra made up of creative freelancers from across Manchester. Their aim is to play their role in supporting the amazing creativity present in communities across the city, through performances, workshops, collaborations and recording projects.

Recent projects include Nina @ the NIA (a show remembering the legacy of Nina Simone and her 1991 trip to the NIA Centre Hulme), collaborations with various artists including Bill Laurance, DRS, Skittles, The Lottery Winners and more, poetry and dance workshops with various communities in Manchester and the NIA Choir (a soul, blues and R&B choir for women* and non binary people held at the NIAMOS, Hulme).


12.30 – Ruth Owens

Ruth’s eclectic alt-folk sound is shaped by an early education in classical and jazz music, and is inspired by great songwriters such as Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell. After releasing her first EP ‘As You Mean To Go On’ at 16, Ruth gained radio play on BBC 6 Music and Kerrang Radio, and her song ‘Strong’ was featured in the independent film ‘Just Charlie’ which premiered on Sky Movies in 2017.

14.00 – Cookie Love

Cookie is a multifunctional artist based in Hulme, Manchester. Their creative outlets include spoken word, face and body painting, art and design work, muralism, events planning, and being a vocalist in a punk band. They stepped into performing poetry live in 2017 and haven’t looked back since. Their poetry was also included in the HOME Manchester Open Exhibition, 2022.

15.30 Abelo Quartet

The Abelo Quartet are an all-female string quartet who formed in September 2018, when they began their undergraduate degrees together at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They were chosen to play on the closing day of the 2020 RNCM Chamber Festival and more recently, performed alongside Petr Prause and Cath Yates in Appalachian Spring at the RNCM Concert Hall.

17.00 – Caitlin M

Caitlin LM is an alternative songwriter and producer from Manchester, UK. Inspired by the likes of James Blake, Björk and Radiohead, she creates electronic stories with an ambient edge. After experiencing great loss at a young age, Caitlin LM uses her music to explore the universal emotions and challenges surrounding grief, loss and hope. She is passionate about healing and introspection and aspires to channel this into her music.

18.30 – Marco Woolf

The music that Marco Woolf makes can prove complex to categorise, his lyrics introspective and insightful – earning him a reputation as a self-evidently skilled storyteller – though thoughtful instrumentation too is just as crucial to his compositions, clearly considered to ensure it possesses comparable weight to his wording.

20.00 – Sara Leanne/Matt Campbell

Combining warm, soulful singing with lush atmospheric guitar and intertwining harmonies, Sara Leanne and Matt Campbell are a new indie folk duo based in Manchester. Sara’s vocal-heavy background has won her multiple international vocal arrangement awards. As a professional guitarist, Matt regularly performs in some of the top Manchester live music venues