Elbow – Open Arms (2011)

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…We had a pair of young ladies called Cupid’s Bow come in and play cello for us. We also crane-lifted a grand piano into the top floor of the studio. Windows had to be removed and it took 12 hours to complete. The 55-strong Halle Youth Choir gave up a Sunday to come in and sing a number of songs. I felt a bit cheeky asking such well-trained vocalists to sound a bit more ‘Manc’ but they were up to it. So many real musicians under one roof, we were very flattered that they agreed to work with us.

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