A communal sing a long will be one of the events to mark a year since the suicide bombing attack on Manchester Arena that claimed the lives of twenty two people.

The Manchester Together – With One Voice event will be held on 22 May in Albert Square, and will will culminate in a communal singalong from 8.30pm to 9pm, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

Choirs and singing groups have until 30 April to register to take part.

A second event named There Is A Light will take place 22-26 May. Song lyrics will be projected on to St Ann’s Church and other parts of St Ann’s Square.

There will also be a civic memorial service held at Manchester Cathedral, attended by a congregation including the families of those who died or were injured, and members of the emergency services.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester city council, said: “Music is in Manchester’s soul and it is only fitting that it should play a central part in marking what will be an emotional anniversary. We saw in the aftermath of the 22 May attack how spontaneous song captured the city’s spirit, its solidarity and refusal to give in to hatred.

“Coming together in song will once again demonstrate that remarkable sense of togetherness and we invite choirs who can help lead us in raising our voices to get in touch. It is a fitting way for us to honour those who went full of joy to a music concert but never came back, or saw their lives changed forever.”


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