Young musicians aged 18 – 25 from across Greater Manchester are invited to apply to take part in the Chaos to Order residency at Manchester Central Library (Monday 10 – Saturday 15 November).

The residency, curated by Ivor Novello Award winners and Mercury Award nominees Everything Everything, is part of Library Live – a series of events that take inspiration from Central Library’s stunning architecture, ambience and special collections.

The residency features a range of artists and creatives from all disciplines and media, challenging perceptions of libraries and testing the limits of what a 21st century library can be. Young musicians are now being invited to join the exciting project.

Debra King, director of Brighter Sound, said: “We’re looking for talented young musicians to respond to the band Everything Everything’s residency theme – ‘Chaos to Order’. Working alongside a team of professional artists including Liam Frost and Sara Lowes, we hope to find musicians from a wide range of styles.

“Young musicians will be invited to find inspiration in the building itself, its many spaces, the books, the various collections and archives, as well as the people who work there and use the building to develop new compositions and performances.

“Everything Everything are part of a thriving scene of Manchester based musicians currently boosting the city’s international music reputation and this is a unique opportunity for other talents to put the city on the map.”

The magnificent Henry Watson Music Library, once the city centre bolthole of the Hallé Orchestra’s famous conductor Sir John Barbirolli and now sensitively restored after the library’s refurbishment, will be home to the musicians for the week. Now featuring musical instruments and mini-stages as well collections of manuscripts and resource materials, it will be a source of inspiration.

The recordings made during the residency will form part of the Central Library’s live music archive as a legacy.

Emerging young musicians aged 18 – 25 are invited to apply – any instrument, any genre.

Due to limited places, bands cannot apply together, but can apply as individual artists.

Applicants must be available for the whole week to attend all sessions in person at Central Library, Manchester – expenses will be paid. The programme is aimed at “emerging and mid-career artists”. Queries should be emailed to, with ‘Young musicians / Chaos to Order’ in the subject line. See for full details.

Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 13 October 2014

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