Life in Manchester
Manchester is without doubt one of the most energetic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, and has a well-deserved reputation as an educational, media, and cultural capital within Europe.
In Manchester everyone is so friendly and welcoming. You’ll find there’s so much to do and you can connect with different types of people. The culture is diverse, but in a very close community.
Elaine Yau, BMus (Hons), Piano
Renowned internationally as a breeding ground for musical talent and innovation, Manchester is one of the world’s most diverse cities when it comes to musical offerings. Not only is it home to three professional orchestras, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, but bands such as 10cc, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Elbow, Doves and Delphic also have their roots here.
Of course there are plenty of opportunities to see Manchester’s finest classical and contemporary performers, alongside artists from across the world, in the city’s many live music venues – from the imposing Manchester Evening News Arena, which holds 21,000, and state-of-the-art Bridgewater Hall, to more intimate venues scattered across the city and the RNCM’s own performance spaces. The RNCM was ranked as the UK’s 7th busiest performance venue by PRS for Music report 2012.
Without the RNCM, Manchester’s musical life would be drastically curtailed.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
The music scene is really unique, and that’s partly because Manchester’s music scene has such a rich history of both rock music and classical. I find that no matter what music you’re into there’s always a venue you can go to to watch that kind of music.
Asia Smulders, BMus (Hons) Popular Music
Festivals are also prominent in the Manchester; the most notable being the biannual artist-led Manchester International Festival (MIF), which presents new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, music, visual arts and popular culture; FutureEverything, a global arts festival of art, music and ideas; and Proms in the Park.
There are also numerous galleries and museums to visit, including Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Lowry, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the Imperial War Museum, all offering a diverse range of exhibitions and collections.
Talking about Manchester and not mentioning sport would be a sin. The two simply go hand in hand. Not only is Manchester home to two premiership football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, it also offers world-class cycling at Manchester Velodrome, premiership rugby with Sale Sharks, national and international cricket at Old Trafford, and international swimming at Manchester Aquatics Centre. There is a myriad of sporting associations across the city, from archery to volleyball, enabling you to take part in the sport of your choice, and both the Peak and Lake Districts, with their stunning scenery and breathtaking walks, are within easy reach.
The Manchester Social Scene
Manchester is home to an array of places where you can spend your spare time. From the creative haunts of the Northern Quarter to the sophisticated setting of Spinningfields, the city has establishments to suit every occasion. Manchester is also home to The Village, one of Europe’s most vibrant LGBT scenes.
With its extensive selection of shops, there is something for everyone in Manchester. There are two major shopping centres, Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre, department stores, designer stores and over 20 retail parks. For alternative shops, the Northern Quarter is home to many independent stores, including three floor, eclectic shopping emporium Afflecks.
Manchester also boasts a diverse range of cuisines and food stores to suit everyone’s taste. Chinatown and the Curry Mile offer a small selection of the vast range of food options that are available within the city.