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Nina at the NIA

In 1991 the iconic songstress Nina Simone stepped foot in to the NIA Centre, Hulme, to perform a gig that would embed itself in the rich cultural history of Manchester. A global forerunner in the advancement of civil rights, Nina Simone sang song after song that reflected on the racial inequalities present across the world, in a venue at the heart of a community so advanced in the UK at actively tackling this social injustice.

Members of the Untold Orchestra, following the sell-out show NINA: An Orchestral Rendition, take to the stage with some of the founding members of the NIA Centre for an evening of music and storytelling, interspersed with clips of Nina Simone’s iconic performance 29 years ago, giving you a chance to revisit that era of Hulme’s special history.

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“A real entertaining evening watching the Untold Orchestra and Yemi Bolitawa pay homage to the songstress superstar that was Nina Simone… Audrey Hall provides the added context of the NIA and how Hulme’s community resonated with the much vaunted singer.” – The Grouchy Critic
“The Untold Orchestra are incredibly tight and polished so listening to them was an absolute delight… An amazing story of a remarkable night in Manchester relived.” – About Manchester
Cast List
Storyteller: Audrey Hall
Vocals: Yemi Bolitawa
Piano: Sam Davies
Bass: Nick Waldock
Drums: Jon Needham
Saxophone: Josh Poole
Violin 1: Louisa Till
Violin 2: Izzy Baker
Viola: Natalia Senior Brown
Cello: Becca Thomas