A powerful meditation on what it means to be together.

This ground-breaking musical film directed by Mathew Beckett and Lee O'Connell sees Manchester Camerata, composer Daniel Kidane, poet Roma Havers, music creator Ben Nobuto and community groups from across the country explore the theme of togetherness.

Featuring specially-curated music and a new commission from Daniel Kidane, the film represents a profound and moving new cinematic experience.

Featured music:

Daniel Kidane - Breathe (new commission)

Daniel Kidane - Be Still

Jessie Montgomery - Starburst

Arvo Pärt - Fratres

Shiva Feshareki - Venus/Zohreh

Interludes and Narrative created by:

Music Creator - Ben Nobuto

Poet - Roma Havers


Manchester Camerata

Movement artists from LIPA

B R E A T H E will be touring across the country from summer 2022 and we’re delighted to be partnering with Cinema For All to distribute to a range of new venues.

9 June Sheringham Little Theatre

20 July Darlington Hippodrome

10 August Saltburn Theatre

To book a screening of B R E A T H E for your venue contact screenings@orchestraslive.org.uk

The B R E A T H E Story

B R E A T H E is the first artistic production from our new Create Space strand. Devised by now retired Senior Creative Producer Jan Ford, Create Space aims to blend the mediums of orchestral music, film and community creation to create new orchestral work for the screen. This will enable a broader range of inspiring orchestral experiences to reach audiences across the country.

The first pilot Create Space project has worked with our partners at Darlington Hippodrome, Redcar & Cleveland Council, Sheringham Little Theatre and Wiltshire Music Centre as well as Manchester Camerata’s Music Café in Gorton. Partners asked groups in their community to respond to the theme of togetherness and share their creative work and thoughts with the artistic team. We received poetry, lyrics, a range of artwork, and audio and video recordings of their discussions.

Over three creative workshops, the artistic team explored the content created by our communities and their own responses to this. Through these creative discussions, they devised the concept and programme for the new film.

  • Composer Daniel Kidane was commissioned to write a new piece, Breathe, which gave the film its title.
  • Music creator Ben Nobuto and poet Roma Havers collaborated to create a series of interludes that bring the communities’ words and voices into the film.
  • Director Mathew Beckett created the visual concepts/narrative for the film.

The film itself was recorded on location at Victoria Baths in Manchester by River Rea Films with audio recorded by Apple & Biscuit Recordings. A beautiful and interesting gem of a building, the Victoria Baths was a vibrant space with swimming pools and Turkish Baths. Locals led a campaign against its closure in 1993 and continued to work to restore the building, which now hosts a range of events as an arts venue as restoration continues. It was the perfect location for our film, bringing the artists together in a community space with a long history of deep connection to its community to create a film exploring the concept of togetherness.

Produced by Orchestras Live in association with Manchester Camerata and River Rea Films.

In partnership with Darlington Hippodrome, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Sheringham Little Theatre, Wiltshire Music Centre.

We are grateful for support from Arts Council England and the Weston Culture Fund.