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-…/
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.
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
[blog by Lotte]
Raised voices: the campaigning choirs movement
Lotte Reimer and Kelvin Mason report on the blossoming movement of radical street choirs
Apologies for the title, ours was ‘Campaign Choirs: Singing for our lives’ but that’s editors for you – Raised Voices, maybe it can act as a little advertising for you!
Campaign Choirs joined the demo – contact Penny Stone for songsheet – and, choir reps, check the email list for more details as they appear!
It was the biggest anti-nuclear demo in a generation.
Support the Heathrow 13 – Wednesday 24 Feb, 9pm, Willesden Magistrates Court, London.
Despite the backing of Caroline Lucas and John McDonnell, they were given suspended sentences.