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EXCLUSIVE: Singing Beetham: Other City Buildings To Join In

Manchester to become the World’s First Singing Tower City

Published on December 5th 2013.

EXCLUSIVE: Singing Beetham: Other City Buildings To Join In


MANCHESTER’s tallest buildings are going to be re-calibrated with classic Manchester tunes Confidential's Sleuth hears.

City agencies believe the singing towers could generate over £25m in annual revenue for the city, “but it’s anybody’s guess really,” said a spokesperson, "as long as the amount sounds significant. We can hope, can't we? And guess."

The recent success of Beetham Tower’s enthusiastic whistling has brought together architects, city councillors, Bruce Forsyth, Dave Haslam and the fella who conducts the Halle Orchestra.

110929_078Beetham Tower, you hum it and I'll join in

Beetham Tower (171m), the CIS Tower (118m), City Tower (107m) and Student Castle Tower (106m) will be ‘tuned’ so that on windy days they can serenade citizens, visitors and bag-ladies.

“It’s simple,” said Councillor Karnage. “As a city we are well-known for our musical heritage so we’ve commissioned a team of experts and a very old man who dances a lot, to choose Manchester tunes that will reflect what’s going on in the city.”

Sleuth hears that  old classics from the Bee Gees will be included such as ‘More Than A Windy Building’ (surely ‘Woman’, Ed).

The Smiths, ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ will be played early on a Sunday morning and for people living high in Beetham Tower New Order’s ‘True Faith’ will feature on particularly windy days.

For those contemplating jumping off the towers because of the noise, Hurts' ‘Wonderful Life’ might be aired.

“It’s another example of Manchester’s pioneering spirit,” said Karnage dancing a jig and rill on Deansgate under Beetham Tower.

City agencies believe the singing towers could generate over £25m in annual revenue for the city, “but it’s anybody’s guess really,” said a spokesperson, "as long as the amount sounds significant. A bit like the amount the city earned from Manchester International Festival. Or the Christmas Markets. We can hope, can't we? In fact let's say we'll earn £50m."

Sleuth has learnt that Manchester Arndale Tower is annoyed at not being asked. The building told Sleuth, “It’s not about talent any more with bands just about looks. My face clearly didn't fit.”

The RSPCA has complained about the decision to make the buildings sing, "on behalf of all the dogs out there, this will be torture."

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Arndale Tower - Very UpsetArndale Tower - Very Upset

City Tower2City Tower really wants to 'Shine'

2006_0303Viewandsnow0011The CIS Tower's favourite song is The Hollies, 'He Ain't Heavy Because He Got A Good Policy With Us'.

Student CastleStudent Castle says 'Thank You For The Music (Played Too Loudly, I've Got Lectures Tomorrow)'

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18 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Anne BeswickJanuary 5th 2012.

Great! A Mancon classic. Is it true that the fins/fence on top of the Beetham is just there to make it the tallest residential building in UK? Is it a sort of architectural mohican or is there some reason for it?

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Calum McGJanuary 6th 2012.

I heard the same last night in the pub (so it must be true). Apparently they'd wanted 50 storeys, but in wind tunnel tests it swayed too much, so they lopped 3 storeys off and added the towel rail.

the Whalley RangerJanuary 5th 2012.

Heard the humming in Whalley Range. Thought my buddha chimes alarm had gone off. Cool!

FurFoxAcheJanuary 5th 2012.

Councillor Karnage... love it.

Kevin PeelJanuary 5th 2012.

I just spoke to Councillor Karnage for his reaction, he had no comment!

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AnonymousDecember 5th 2013.

Jeez, that's a first. Ask him about the AMAZING lights on King Street!

SibbyJanuary 5th 2012.

I'm using the humming as the acid test for whether to commute into Manchester on two wheels.

So far it's been remarkedly accurate, as I'm still alive. (But skint, due to the extortionate tram fares.)

JoanJanuary 5th 2012.

Presumably they're gonna learn "Singin' in the Rain"? Or are we not mentioning that?

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SibbyJanuary 5th 2012.

We're not mentioning that, on account that th'Ed bans all rain references. As you well know Ms Joan.

AnonymousJanuary 6th 2012.

The white footbridge in Castlefield was also 'singing' this past week.

SleuthJanuary 6th 2012.

Anon....do you mean swaying?

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AnonymousJanuary 6th 2012.

No. The bridge was humming both Tuesday morning (woke me up) and Weds night.

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AnonymousJanuary 6th 2012.

HILARIOUS... erm...

Nigel WoodcockJanuary 6th 2012.


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AnonymousJanuary 10th 2012.

sue 'em - only that will get things going

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2012.

When we direct people to our premises we tell them to head for the tallest building with the scaffold on top,wonder if it can sing 'lily the pink'

AnonymousDecember 5th 2013.

I had to check the date... too many at the markets I think

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