singing out for a fairer world
Part of the Campaign Choirs Network
By clarionadmin, Aug 2 2019 03:14PM
We had a quiet start to 2019. Our first performance was in February, with a lively and well received performance in the Nottingham Central Library as our contribution to the Nottingham Light Night.
We were next out on the street singing in suport of Nottingham's annual Mayday celebration.
At the start of June we helped to organise, and performed at a concert to celebrate the life of one of our founding choir members, Alison Boyd. Later that month we were singing at the Council House as a part of the launch of the 2019 Nottingham Refugee Week.
July has been our busiest month so far. Right at the start of the month we were supporting and entertaining a Nottingham UCU picket line in opposition to the unilateral imposition of punishing new contracts for teaching staff.
Later that week we were performing at the annual Nottingham Organic Garden Party.
Straight after this we headed off to Manchester (with 9 of us walking all the way) to the annual Street Choirs Festival.
Here, we joined tha mass sing of 2000 voices in Manchester's Cathedral Square, busked around Manchester city centre, and in the evening performed our new climate action Recycled Miscellany to much acclaim.
By clarionadmin, Dec 3 2018 08:48PM
Oh come all ye people
Rise up in defiance
Oh come ye, oh come ye to make your stand
Never to bow downn
Strong when we're united
Put Universal cre-dit (x3)
I-in the bin
Just one of the altenative Christmas carols with which we serenaded shoppers at Bulwell Market on Saturday 1st December, as a part of Unite the Union's community campaigning against the imposition and roll out of Universal Credit.
The songbook has been written as a part of a national campaign by Unite to stop universal credit, and will hopefully be sung by others in market squares and on street corners all around the country in the run up to Christmas.
On a miserably cold and wet Saturday lunchtime we managed to bring at least a few smiles and comments of support from the bedraggled passers by.
By clarionadmin, Dec 3 2018 08:32PM
Five Leaves Radical Book Fair Saturday November 16th
We were pleased to support this event, which took place at the Mechanics Institute in Nottingham. Our first set was downstairs amongst the book stalls. We’d been concerned that folk might not listen as they were busy looking around, chatting and (hopefully) buying books.
We started to sing ‘Not in my Name’ and were delighted when everyone stopped talking to listen to us. It was great to have such a captive audience! Finishing with our rendition of Finlandia was, as always, very emotional and the audience were really appreciative.
Before the 2nd set we sang ‘The Red Flag’ in the entrance hall and as we marched upstairs. The acoustics here were fantastic and our singing powerful.
Upstairs Lotte Reimer from the Campaign Choirs Network presented the newly published book about political and campaigning choirs ‘ Singing for Our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs’ It was good to hear more about the book and we enjoyed singing in support of it.
Lotte recorded clips of a couple of our songs - Singing for Our Lives and Imagine - and posted them on Youtube.
Some of what we've been up to
Events on this page start with our new website launch in 2018.
For information about us and what and where we have sung in the 30 years since we started in 1988 see Our Story Page