Past events

Let us know about your upcoming event, and your ideas for choir participation.

2017

23-25 June Street Choirs Festival

Hosted this year by Lakeland Voices in Kendal.  Website here.

20 May Sheffield: Significant Others (concert)

Happy 10th anniversary to the fabulous Out Aloud!  Flyer here.

10/12 March – Chants for Socialists

Strawberry Thieves are hosting a weekend festival of political song.  Download the poster here!

4 March – It’s our NHS

It's our NHS

21 January – Women’s March on London

2016

2 October – Tory Party conference

We’ll be greeting the Conservatives with song at the conference in Birmingham.  Latest news, Anna tells us ‘we are still working on the arrangements, so please do try and come along. We are hoping that the plan will be for us to meet at midday outside Waterstones on the High Street (end of New Street), but are still waiting to hear back from the organisers.’

Birmingham Clarion will be doing a set at the start of the procession and will join the rest of us as soon as they can.  Because of this, Anna suggests making sure that choirs bring their banners and make them prominent, so they recognise each other!

24-26 June – Street Choirs Festival in Leicester

27 February – Stop Trident demo in London

2015

Saturday 28th November – Time To Act – Climate Justice activities in various cities worldwide

Sunday 29th November – Time To Act – The Peoples March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Billed as the biggest climate protest ever in the UK and setting the people’s agenda for crucial international climate change negotiations taking place in Paris in December.

Campaigning Choirs Network information (including links to songsheet)

Time To Act (for background information): timetoact2015.org/

Facebook page for London demonstration: facebook.com/peoplesclimatemarchlondon

October

Sun 4th – Tory conference demonstration

July

11-13 July 2015, Whitby Street Choirs festival

Sat 4th – Commemoration for Ray Davies of Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Reds Choir).

More:

June

20th – People’s Assembly – End Austerity Now demonstration. London, Glasgow and other places.

May

1 May Day – Labour Day:   Rallies and Demonstrations often on the Monday following.

April

28th – International Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember the dead but fight for the living.  ‘Red tape is better than bloody bandages’.

March

11th – Democracy in action: Trident Oratorio as a flash mob lobby in Parliament

Quote of the day from a big, burly policeman: ‘This is the f… craddle of democracy, let them sing!’

See Action AWE for the story,  while the complete Oratorio lobby can be seen (and heard)  here and Paula Boulton’s interview on her local radio station (about 23 mins in) here

Sat 7th  – Time to Act! on Climate Change – creative action in London

January

Sat 24th Jan – Wrap Up Trident

2014

Through 2014 and for 5 years? First World War commemorations – CND are focused on ensuring the horrors of war are brought to the fore.

October

OxJam Music Festival

18 London: TUC March and Rally – Britain Needs a Pay Rise

Full details for the event: tuc.org.uk/events/britain-needs-pay-rise-march-and-rally

Campaigning Choirs Network information and planning for Britain Needs a Pay Rise: campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=703

September

No NATO demonstrations in Newport, Wales, continue.

7 Burston near Diss, Norfolk: Burston strike school rally (event details here: burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com)

21 London: People’s Climate March

The Campaign against Climate Change is helping to organise the People’s Climate March in London along with many other organisations. For details of the event itself, see www.campaigncc.org/climatemarchlondon.
London choir Raised Voices will be singing – see planning link below for details and songsheet.
Campaigning Choirs Network information and planning for 21 September: http://campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=710

28 Birmingham: Conservative Party Conference on 28th September in Birmingham

Campaigning Choirs Network information and planning for 28 September: http://campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=697

August

9 Aldermaston to Burghfield: Wool Against Weapons

30 (and into September) Newport (Wales): No NATO!

See photos from Campaign Choirs singing with Côr Cochion at No NATO!

There will be mass demonstrations in Newport, Wales, when the NATO summit comes to the town.  Cor Cochion Caerdydd will be singing and would love other choirs to take part!
Campaigning Choirs Network information and planning for No NATO: campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=686

July

11-13 Hebden Bridge: Street Choirs Festival 2014 hosted by Calder Valley Voices

Campaigning Choirs planning for Street Choirs 2014: campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=658.

12 Durham: Miners’ Gala (12th – event details here: durhamminers.org)

18-20 Tolpuddle, Dorset: Tolpuddle Martyrs festival (Details and booking stalls, camping, etc. here: tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk) UPDATE – Line Up Announced

June

6-8 Bradford: Raise Your Banners festival of Political Song – Cancelled

7-8 Leicester: Sing For Water 2014 (part of Riverside Festival).

21 London: No More Austerity – Demand The Alternative National Demonstration and Festival.

Campaigning Choirs Network information and planning for No More Austerity demo: campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=647.

More from The Peoples Assembly

29 Newchurch-in-Pendle, Lancs: Clarion House Open Day

East Lancs Clarion Community Choir would like to invite other choirs to join them at this year’s Friends of Clarion House Family Fun Day and Barbecue at
Clarion House, Jinney Lane, Newchurch-in-Pendle BB12 9LL.

May

5 Burnley: May Day Rally

East Lancs Clarion Community Choir will be singing at this event – possibly the last Council funded Burnley May Day Rally. We welcome all singers from our region who’d like to come & sing with us on the March & busking in the Park. See planning link below for a sing-along songsheet.

Campaigning Choirs planning for Burnley: May Day Rally 2014: campaignchoirs.org.uk/?p=652.

April

1 Burston near Diss, Norfolk: Events commemorating the centenary of the longest running strike in British history (1914-1939). strike school centenary events (event details here: burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com). The Burston Festival and Rally will be in September as usual.
5 Newbury: Action AWE event. Cancelled.
28 Worldwide: International Workers’ Memorial Day

March

8 International Women’s Day.

29 & 30 Stratford on Avon: Community Choirs Festival

2013

November

1 – 3 London: Weekend training conference with People and Planet

for Go Fossil Free peopleandplanet.org/

2 Sheffield: Radical Songwriting workshop with Ray Hearne

The aim is to produce some punchy pieces with memorable lyrics for street performance. Sheffield Socialist Choir.co.uk.

5 People’s Assembly Against Austerity: Day of Direct Action (everywhere!)

Actions are being organised across the country by People’s Assembly groups. See thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/.

Choirs: Probably difficult to do more as a network than share tips and song-sheets – if you’re up to support the People’s Assemblies, do find out about (or help organising) what’s going on in your area.

  • Bolton Trades Council is supporting the call by THE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY for the Bonfire of Austerity Day of Action on 5th NOVEMBER 2013. Leafleting & collecting signatures:
    8.00 – 9.00am Bolton Train Station (BL2 1BE)
    12.30 – 1.30pm (+ mock bonfire) outside Sports Direct on Victoria Square, Bolton (BL1 1SA).
    Singers led by Moira Hill from Bolton Clarion and East Lancs Community Choirs & Calder Valley Voices will be gathering at 12.15pm on the Bolton Town Hall Steps, Victoria Square to add some singing to the protest.
    “PLEASE COME AND JOIN IN – Song-sheets available soon”

20 International: Universal Children’s Day (United Nations)

23 Basingstoke: Sing Trident Out!

Joint National Choirs day of singing in Basingstoke Market Square (11-1 and 2-4) against Trident replacement. For more details contact BasingstokeSingTridentOut@campaignchoirs.org.uk

25 International: Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

October

All month, various locations: OxJam Music Festival

Local music, Global impact

3 AWE Burghfield: All Wales Blockade

From 7am people from Wales and beyond will gather at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield (Berkshire, England) to peacefully blockade the 2 gates with music, dragons, hopes and a vision of British nuclear disarmament. Calling all singers to join us! Contact welshdragonblockade@campaignchoirs.org.uk . Details: actionawe.org/

 

5-12 Various locations: Keep Space for Peace week and Drones Week of Action

Keep Space for Peace week and Drones Week of Action

7 Lincoln: Trial of Waddington 6

In the first mass trespass at RAF Waddington 6 people entered the UK base from where they are remotely controlling the armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan. They planted a peace garden and pasted up photos of people killed. They will be using the recent paper by Public Interest Lawyers on the Legality of British Drone Use in their defence. Details: DroneWars.net.

12 Liverpool: National demo ‘against fascism – celebrating not dividing’

Unite is organising this and will be joined by Unison, GMB, PCS, CWU, NUT, RMT, Trade Union Friends of Searchlight and the TUC. Speakers include Salma Yaqoob, Colette Williams (BARAC/Chair of Unite Community), Len McCluskey (Unite), Billy Hayes (CWU), Bob Crow (RMT), Paul Nowak (TUC), Christine Blower (NUT), Weyman Bennett (UAF), Joe Anderson (Mayor of Liverpool) and there will be music from Kof and Banner Theatre.

Choirs: Please see – and if you can, add to – the information here.

12-13 Liverpool: CND – AGM and Policy Conference

Details ….

** Coordinating campaign choirs contact: This could be you! Please volunteer here.

September

Ongoing from August (details below)

  • Burghfield: Trident Ploughshares Disarmament Camp (to 7 Sep)
  • London: Reclaiming our Futures (to 4 Sep)

29 Manchester: Tell the Conservative Party Conference – March and Rally

Themes are Save Our NHS, Defend Jobs and Services. No to Austerity.

Organised by TUC. Also The Peoples Assembly; Unite The Union.

UPDATE: Choirs gather at the junction of Deansgate and John Dalton Street at 12 noon. More details and updates …

22 Belt it out at Balcombe (West Sussex)

A call for singers against fracking. From Noon (or officially 1400) 5 minutes from Balcombe train station. More …

14 London: Secular Europe Campaign – March and Rally

Speakers include Bob Churchill – International Humanist & Ethical Union; Sue Cox – Survivors Voice; Rory Fenton – AHS President; Professor AC Grayling; Charlie Klendjian – Secretary of the Lawyer’s Secular Society; Adam Knowles – Chair of GALHA (LGBT Humanists); Stephen Law; Nahla Mahmoud – Council of Ex Muslims; Maryam Namazie; Naomi Phillips – Chair of Labour Humanists; Nina Sankari – Polish Rationalist Association; Anne Marie Waters – One Law for All.

Details …

7-13 London: Stop the DSEi Arms Fair

Check out stopthearmsfair.org.uk for a full list of how to get involved and info about why.

7 September – East London Against Arms Fairs musical protest from 2-5pm at Custom House side of Excel. All musical groups welcome to protest before the arms fair happens, especially choirs singing peace songs, it will be peaceful and non-violent. elaaf.org/#events

8 September – Occupy Vs. The Arms Fair from 12pm onwards near the Excel Centre, which hosts the arms fair. (exact location announced day before) Will be a family friendly atmosphere with lots of entertainment from a stage and around the area, much fun, music, and revelry welcome. #stopdsei #occupydsei facebook.com/events/1406612642887333/?fref=ts

11 September – Wreath laying in memory of all victims of the arms trade. from 2pm-3pm at South exit from Royal Victoria DLR station. Would be great to have a choir, or small group of singers, end the silence with a peace song or two.

3 London: US Embassy Demonstration – No attack on Syria

Assemble 5:30pm at Grosvenor Square to urge US Congress to follow Britains lead and say “No attack on Syria”. Called by Stop the War and CND.

1 Burston, Norfolk: Burston Strike School Rally

Annual rally to celebrate the longest strike in history: Schoolchildren ‘went on strike’ in 1914 to support their teachers, sacked by the rural squirarchy for organising agricultural workers. Join Unite members and many more for food (or bring a picnic if you wish), drink, entertainment and speakers from across the union movement. Details …

August

31 Cardiff and London: Demonstrations – No attack on Syria

London: National Demonstration: No attack on Syria.

Assemble 12 noon at Temple Place (nearest tube Temple) for march via Parliament and Downing Street, ending in central London for a political rally to say “No attack on Syria”. Called by Stop the War and CND.

Cardiff: Syria Rally

Castle Square, 1pm – going ahead to celebrate the Commons victory.

UPDATE (30 August): Last night’s Commons vote has stopped British missile strikes for the time being. France is equivocating. But with the USA still gung-ho for bombardment, the need to register protest remains. See stopwar.org.uk/news/stop-the-war-coalition-welcomes-parliament-s-rejection-of-war-on-syria.

Choirs – click here!

29 (to 4 September) London: Reclaiming our Futures

7 days of direct action against the cuts, mass action London on 4th organised by Disabled People against the Cuts. dpac.uk.net/2013/07/reclaiming-our-futures-7-days-of-action/

28 London: Emergency protest: No attack on Syria

stopwar.org.uk/events/emergency-protest-syria

“We need the maximum level of protest to stop them plunging us in to yet another catastrophic war”. Choirs – click here!

26 (to 7 September) Burghfield: Trident Ploughshares Disarmament Camp

tridentploughshares.org/awe-burghfield-summer-disarmament-camp-2013

Includes 2 September international blockade

16-20 Balcombe, West Sussex: Reclaim the Power camp

nodashforgas.org.uk (note changed location)

11 Belt it out at Balcombe

1400 at Lower Stumble, Balcombe, West Sussex. Join a collective of choirs from across the South East and Belt It Out @ Balcombe. Bring your best pair of lungs and any instruments you claim to be able to play. This is a family-friendly event and open to all. We’ll sing and stand as one – a formidable and harmonious show of community protection! Suggested dress-code: all clothing and shoes, black and white, with a yellow ribbon for your wrist or sash. TOTALLY NON-COMPULSORY, but unified colours will counteract the corporate media’s incessant attempts to divide and categorise us.

6 and 9 Hiroshima and Nagasaki days

Various local and regional vigils and events – see cnduk.org/get-involved/events

July

19-21 Aberystwyth: 2013 Street Choirs Festival, including the workshop that began this Campaign Choirs Network.

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