Author Archives: Alan McDonald

‘Singing for our lives’ now has a publisher

We now have a publisher – HammerOn Press – for our book: ‘Singing for our lives: Stories from the street choirs’. As you know, it’s about street choirs in the UK as a social movement and is based on around 40 oral history interviews with street choir members from the far north to ‘the beautiful south’, and east to west right across the country, and a cluster in the north of England, also the Midlands.

When it’s published, in the next year we hope, we’ll be looking for a serious ‘popular audience’ that might include academics, activists, choristers, musicians… There’s a marked connection between many of the street choirs and British socialism through the Clarion Movement, Workers Education Association, Big Flame and street bands, if that’s any indicator. Watch this space!

For a reminder of the project see http://www.singing4ourlives.net/ and http://www.redpepper.org.uk/raised-voices-the-campaigning-…/

Progress on action points from our Leicester meeting, hooray!

Website:

Alan McDonald has volunteered to run our website and Frank has finally been able to hand over the responsibility. Massive thanks to Frank for starting it up and running (and funding) it for the past 3 years! And to Alan for taking it over!

Changes are happening and before too long we’ll be set up with song categories, links and more thanks to Penny Stone.

Finances:

We agreed to have a bank account to cover expenses such as banners, printing, website etc. and all choirs should be asked to contribute towards setting up starter funds. £20 suggested donation per choir (smaller or greater amounts according to choir size and financial situation plus individual donations welcome).

Bolton Clarion have agreed to act as Treasurer and hold the account for Campaign Choirs. Now open for donations, so roll them in, folks! ?

Big thanks to Moira and Bolton Clarion!

Cheques to be made out to Bolton Clarion Choir and addressed to:

Bolton Clarion Choir

c/o Moira Hill

126 Victoria Road

Horwich

BL65PA

[blog by Lotte]