‘Zhoosh’* is our current music making project for young people who identify as LGBT+(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other identities such as intersex and questioning) funded by Youth Music.

The young people will be from three different LGBT+ youth support groups each based in a different Greater Manchester borough; Rochdale, Salford and Wigan. Each group will take part in 12 music workshops. The workshops will explore individual musical abilities and genre and style preferences, develop skills in individual and group composition, lyric writing, singing, conducting and performance and culminate in the young musicians own composition work. These compositions will be recorded in a professional recording studio.

All three groups will come together for one week to take a backstage tour of a music venue, learn and rehearse each other’s group compositions and conduct for a visiting choir. The groups will then perform in music venues in each of the respective boroughs and at the LGBT Centre in Manchester. On completion of the project the young musicians will have achieved the Silver Arts Award.

*Zhoosh is a term used in the Polari slang language popular in gay subculture meaning ‘to make more exciting and lively’.

Salford Zhoosh have already worked really hard composing and recording their songs, you can listen to their amazing tracks below:


Tandem Theatre | The Castle | Lewis Street | Eccles | Manchester | M30 0PU

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