An operatic journey to rediscover our cities


Re:sound was a year-long festival that encouraged artists and audiences in London, Manchester and Nottingham to rediscover their cities through the eyes – and voices – of people who’ve been homeless.

Running from April 2022 to March 2023, the festival brought together composers, choreographers, designers, filmmakers, singers and people with experience of homelessness, to create a collection of nine micro-operas. The works were performed live, re:sounding together, in March 2023.

This microsite includes information about the Impact of Re:sound, how the Press covered this project, the Heritage Research done as part of the co-creation process, and more.

Re:sound in numbers

2,141 people attended performances

1,179 pupils from primary schools in Manchester saw the performance at Bridgewater Hall

270 people with lived experience of homelessness co-created the micro-operas

100 people who’ve been homeless performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

61 instrumentalists on stage with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart

9 micro-operas co-created by people with lived experience of homelessness

9 composers leading the co-creation process

6 homelessness-partners in London, Manchester and Nottingham

4 singers from The Sixteen

3 movement directors leading the co-creation process of the choreography

3 musical directors

3 venue partners: Southbank Centre in London; Bridgewater Hall in Manchester; and Nottingham Playhouse