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Co-Produced by Holly Hunter, Michael Betteridge and Contact. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and with support from Submerge.

Covid Song Cycle Watch Party is a poetic musical celebration of process, connection, growth and creativity following the Covid-19 pandemic.

…falling off the deep end trying to find a glimpse of soul 

Now to sing with you feels like home…* 

Join us for a Watch Party that premieres a short documentary film, charting the pilot phase of a new choral co-creation project Covid Song Cycle; which is a collaboration between Manchester-based artists – composer Michael Betteridge and poets SAF, Ella Otomewo, mandla and Princess Arinola – in co-creation workshops with four distinct community groups- Sheffield Community Choir; N-Choir; Wild Voices and York Chapter House Youth Choir.  

Images and documentary by Luca Rudlin

Live Stream

There will be a free live stream of this performance, broadcast directly from Contact. To access this stream, please return to this page on the date and time of the performance.

Please note, both the live stream and the documentary will be available to watch on our YouTube channel once the live event is over. The documentary will be captioned.

For any live stream queries, please check out our FAQs here, or email our box office on

Featuring original music and poetry, written collaboratively by over 100 participants, the documentary is a meditation on the transformational power of music and words to connect, unite and empathise, highlighting both the experience and value of the collective, as well as individual, experiences in creative communities.   

The screening is complemented by live performances from poets Ella Otomewo, SAF, mandla and Princess Arinola; performances of new music by composer/musicians Jack D’Arcy and Danyal Hassan; and featuring songs performed by N-Choir. 

Covid Song Cycle is a new work-in-development, supported by Arts Council England.

Co-produced by Holly Hunter, Michael Betteridge and Contact.  

*Text taken from ‘Breathe Me In’ co-created by SAF, Michael Betteridge and Chapter House Youth Choir


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Times are hard. They are getting harder. Despite that, we know that art will prevail.

Our lowest concession rate – called The Pinch ticket – is now available for anyone who needs it, with no proof required.

To book your The Pinch ticket, simply proceed to check out at any event of your choice and input the number of tickets required into the ‘The Pinch’ field. For any queries, reach out to our wonderful Box Office team at

  • Price
    Full Price: £15 | Under 35s: £10 | Concessions: £10 | Stream: Free
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    All ages welcome!
  • Running
    1 hour
  • Booking info

    Please note, there will be a livestream of this event available on the performance date. To watch, simply head back to this page and the stream will be embedded.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 28 January 7:30pm
Sold out

Credits & Partners

  • Supported using public funding by Arts Council England