Who we are

The Campaign Choirs Network is a group of street and community choirs. Typically, member choirs campaign for equality, social justice, environmental sustainability, non-violence and minority rights. The Network’s aim is to support each other, especially in local, national and international campaigns.

We do this by:

  • alerting each other to protests, demonstrations and other events, including our own initiatives
  • sharing songs and information
  • co-ordinating shared actions and campaigns

However, recognising that each choir in the network will have its own priorities, the Network is inclusive, celebrates difference and fosters diversity.

Currently 45 choirs are members of the Network – if you aren’t already on our list of  member choirs, do join us!

Origins

The Campaign Choirs Network grew out of a workshop led by Lotte Reimer from Côr Gobaith at the Street Choirs Festival in Aberystwyth in July 2013. The workshop was described as follows:

Campaigning choirs’ joint actions in the year to come – let’s plan

We don’t often have the opportunity to get together and discuss our campaigns and the Street Choirs Festival seems such an obvious chance – not to be missed. Singing in London during the anti-cuts demonstration, organised by Raised Voices, was a powerful experience with various people conducting, sharing and learning songs and, as a big group, being a real presence. It builds solidarity and the more we can cooperate, the better. So, the idea with this get-together is to bring our campaigns to the fore and see how we can support each other and where we can link up in joint action. Bring your diaries, dates, causes and actions and let’s get planning!

An email list of interested people and choirs was set up by Lotte and Frank Friedmann from Red Leicester devised this website. We also discussed how we’d share material and ideas, and the kind of campaigns, movements and demonstrations we wanted to support. Since then the Network has been active at various events and demonstrations including those calling for action against war, Donald Trump, austerity and climate change.

This website is the place for sharing resources and news so that choirs can be more effective both individually and collectively. We need your support – and input. Please get in touch with ideas and thoughts via our Contact Us page.

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