some of what we got up to in 2016

Sharewear

We performed at a musical fundraising evening for the Nottingham charity Sharewear on Wednesday 12th October.

The evening raised over £1000 for the charity

sharewear Oct 2016

We Shall Overcome

On Sunday 9th October we helped organise and sang at the wonderful Alternative Sunday Service at the Maze in Nottingham

This was a part of the national week long We Shall Overcome festival of music organised by the People's Assembly and hosted in Nottingham by Nottingham People's Assembly

Bread and Roses Theatre Collective performed their play about food banks

There was also a solo set by our very own Bronwyn Westacott, and a performance by Rosa's Lovely Daughters.

The Hope Community Gospel Choir gave a rousing performance, and we joined with them at the end of the afternoon for a moving rendition of We Shall Overcome

The event raised £262 for the Nottingham People's Assembly and a substantial amount of food donations for the St Anns Food Bank

alt sunday service 2016

A People's History in Song

On Saturday 17th September we performed our People's History in Song again in Chesterfield to a small but enthusiastic audience

Gathering of Clarion choirs

On July the 9th and 10th a small group of us made our way to the Clarion House Cafe near Pendle in Lancashire - to join up with members of the Bolton, East Lancs and Birmingham Clarion Choirs.

Huge thanks to Moira and other members of the Bolton and East Lancs Clarion Choirs who organised the event. We had a great time and look forward to being invited back next year!

Clarion House is the last of a network of Clarion cafes that were a part of the once vibrant Clarion movement, started in the 1890's, bringing together cyclists and walkers celebrating the active outdoor life and working class culture while selling the Clarion newspaper and campaigning for socialism at the same time. For more background about Clarion House, see their website and this BBC coverage, there is more about the history of the Clarion movement here.

Nottingham Clarion Choir were named at our formation in the 1980's to recognise and honour this tradition

Clarion House 2016

Cuba Organic Garden Party

On Sunday July 4th we turned out again to entertain the annual Cuba Organic Garden Party. This year funds were raised the Nottingham Refugee Forum destitution fund

Street Choirs Festival 2016

We sang at this year's national Street Choirs Festival just down the road in Leicester.

Joining around 40 campaigning and community choirs from all over the UK we added our voices to a mass choir performance in the City Centre, and joined other choirs busking and filling the streets with song all around the City.

In the evening we laid into the government, austerity and corporate greed, channeling Queen, John Lennon and Holst to rock Curve theatre with our 2016 miscellany

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Derby Silk Mill Turnout Festival

On Saturday 18th June we sang in Derby at an event to commemorate the historic 1834 Derby Silk Mill Turnout.

light night 2016

Nottingham Light Night

We sang again at Nottingham's fantastic Light Night, on Friday February the 5th.

We performed two sets in the Long Gallery of the Castle. It was a great night with a wonderful audience

light night feb 2016
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