The Campaign Choirs Network is a loose affiliation of like-minded choirs across the UK sharing a belief in a better world for all and dedicated to taking action by singing about it!
Use the tabs above to find out more about:
- the origins and aims of the Network
- other member choirs
- events, demonstrations and rallies
- stirring and moving songs, both traditional and new
- useful links to other organisations and groups
This is the site for campaigning choirs to come to share events, music and ideas – please join us!
Latest CCN open online singing session
This will take place on Thursday 29th April from 7.30 to 9.00 pm and will be co-hosted by Raised Voices and Sheffield Socialist Choir with the theme of ‘Anti-Racism’. Further details of this event will be posted on the Upcoming Events page.
Will There Also Be Singing? article in Peace News (29th March)
Kelvin Mason and Lotte Reimer (Côr Gobaith) joined forces with Penny Stone (Protest in Harmony) to write an inspiring article for Peace News – the UK’s only grassroots newspaper covering the full spectrum of peace and justice issues – about the effects of the pandemic on choirs and the various creative responses within the CCN to the current constraints on singing together. Click here to read this article.
Côr Cochion’s final (maybe!) lockdown song (20th March)
Wendy Lewis from Côr Cochion, plus her sister Elaine and brother Frank on keyboard, have recorded another lockdown song, Bullies of the Town, based on an old fiddle tune. The words include the following: ‘Those bullies stay in power by repeating their big lies, but we have far more in common than that which can divide. And we will stand in unity and pride.’ I’m sure that we would all agree with these sentiments!
Also In Dark Times from Côr Gobaith (19th March)
On Friday 19th March, Côr Gobaith’s recording of Also in Dark Times was shown for the first time with words and music by members of the choir and images of them laughing, walking, running, paddling, singing and generally doing stuff that we all look forward to doing again together one day soon.
The video was made to celebrate Côr Gobaith’s 15th birthday (Penblwydd hapus, Côr Gobaith!) and to raise desperately needed funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians, so CCN members are invited to give generously at: https://www.map.org.uk/donate/donate.
Dates for CCN open sessions (March/April 2021)
The next confirmed date for a CCN open session is Thursday 29th April. See the Upcoming Events page for more details.
Open Shuhada Street Campaign (24th Feb – 20th March 2021)
This is the 12th year of this annual event to call for an end to the restrictions in the city of Hebron: to reopen Hebron’s main street; to end segregation in Hebron; to end human rights violations; and to end the Israeli occupation. See the Upcoming Events page for more details and materials.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb 11th 2021)
The Network celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with an online session hosted by Sheffield Socialist Choir. The video below, created by the niece of one of the choir’s members, gives an insight into why young women are choosing to follow scientific careers.
CCN Nuclear Ban Burns’ Night celebrates historic UN Treaty! (Jan 22nd 2021)
Following the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Friday 22nd January 2021, the Campaign Choirs Network celebrated with its Nuclear Ban Burns’ Night hosted by Protest in Harmony. Many of the songs from the event are featured on the Protest in Harmony website but we have selected the ICAN Can-Can for showcasing here with a special mention of total admiration for the brave souls filmed enthusiastically can-canning in the sea – hardy souls, the Scots!
Oxford’s Sea Green Singers have also recorded ‘One Nuclear Bomb Could Ruin Your Whole Day’ to celebrate the occasion reminding us that there is still a struggle to be waged against those nations that yet retain their nuclear arms. You can view and hear this performance here.
A Christmas carol from Penny (Dec 18th 2020)
Penny Stone has made a recording of the alternative version of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ (lyrics by Just Peace UK) illustrated by a short video featuring Palestinian wall art (see below). Please share this with others.