Live show

What audiences are saying about Battle for the ballot

“Wow! Battle for the Ballot was incredible. Such a beautiful and moving project of music/history teaching/storytelling. It is difficult to explain how brilliant this was – you had to be there. One of my favourite bits of the festival.”

“It was SO good! We all loved it – from my 9 year old niece to us oldies! It’s so accessible! Great gig. Great way to tell history, engaging and educational.”

“Awesome, moving, inspiring and educational. Should be required in every school in the land.”

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An educational, entertaining and thought-provoking live show that tells the story of how everybody in the UK came to have a vote. Using original songs alongside content from the collection of the People’s History Museum, Battle for the Ballot crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.

Format : The show is around 60 minutes long and features around 10 original songs alongside projections of images, posters, and other items from the Museum’s collection. Matt can also take part in open discussion sessions, panel discussions and workshops about the vote/citizenship, history as artistic inspiration or songwriting.

Suitable for : The show is suitable for all ages but is most appropriate for those 10 years and above. The show can be performed in music venues, community settings, arts centres, schools and colleges, libraries and museums.

About the show : This show was written as part of a Songwriter in Residence project which aimed to interpret the collection of a museum through songs and in doing so increase public engagement with the collection. The project was supported by a grant from Arts Council England and was premièred in June 2016 as part of Manchester Histories Festival.

About the museum : The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. Following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries it aims to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

About the songwriter : Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Music critics have praised his albums for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener. He’s been featured on BBC6 Music and has performed at Glastonbury Festival.



A3 Poster – Battle Ballot Print ready
Poster - Battle Ballot


Quiet Loner

Through 2016 Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) was songwriter-in-residence at The People’s History Museum in Manchester, UK. This site contains the blog about the residency along with information about the show and album that sprang from it – The battle for the ballot.

The project was supported by a grant from Arts Council England.

The album

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