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Victoria Wood returns to her native North West to write and direct a new theatre piece.

That Day We Sang is the story of some of the children who sang on the famous recording of ‘Nymphs and Shepherds' by the Manchester Children's Choir. The piece takes as its starting point a television documentary being made 45 years after the event, triggering memories of the day itself and the years inbetween. It's about the joy of singing, the power of music to evoke emotion, and being middle aged.

The four people taking part in the documentary re-connect with their child selves as they piece together their memories of that day in the Free Trade Hall in 1929.

The piece will reconstruct the recording of the famous 78 of  Purcell's ‘Nymphs and Shepherds' and will feature a choir specially formed for the show by the Festival's creative learning programme MIF Creative, working in partnership with schools in North Manchester. This new choir celebrates the spirit of the original Manchester Children's Choir which was formed under the director of the Hallé's then musical director, Sir Hamilton Harty, to work with children who had little or no formal music training, ‘to carry on the musical traditions of the city'. 

Full cast list to be announced.