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Protest at Elbit Ferranti factory in Oldham (Tuesday 13th July)
Tadhamon choir will be joining one of the weekly protests at the Israeli Elbit Ferranti factory in Oldham on Tuesday 13th July from 2.30 pm to sing songs of solidarity with the ongoing protests there, calling for the factory to be closed down and an end to military links between the UK and Israel.
Tadhamon says: ‘We would love other singers in the region to join us – we will be singing outside (on the pavement/road outside the factory) and socially distanced singing is possible there. We will have song sheets, including some simple new/adapted street songs for the occasion. We plan to arrive at 2.30 pm and sing at 3.00 pm.
The factory is owned by Elbit Systems, responsible for the majority of the drone warfare unleashed on Palestinians in Gaza. Oldham Peace and Justice have been protesting at the factory for a number of years, supported by a range of other groups from the Manchester and Oldham area. The factory has also been targetted by direct action occupations, including several by Palestine Action over the last few months. During and since the latest onslaught on Gaza by Israel there have been weekly protests at the factory, and Oldham Peace and Justice have called for support from other groups to sustain their campaign to shut the factory down. It is in response to this call for support, and as an act of solidarity with all those in Palestine, that Tadhamon have decided to support the protest on 13th July‘.
The address of the factory is: Cairo House, Greenacres Road, Waterhead, Oldham OL4 3JA
Online Singing Sessions 2021
Several CCN members have agreed to host online singing sessions over the duration of the pandemic whilst we cannot get together. The Zoom link for each of these sessions will be sent out to the Campaign Choirs list during the week before the session, so please keep an eye out and circulate to your singers. If anyone wants to add or amend a session, please email Penny at email@example.com so that all can be informed.
Upcoming dates agreed are:
Friday 10th September 6.30 – 8.00 pm: Online Singing Session led by Tadhamon Singers and Penny Stone centred on current events in Palestine.
Leni Solinger writes: ‘We are asking choirs if they want to share/teach a song about present campaigns around Palestine. There are lots of songs we have been singing for years but we would like some newer ones. We thought there would be time for about four songs’.
If you want to be one of the choirs contributing please email Leni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 29th – Saturday 30th July 2022: STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL 2022
Rebecca Denniff writes: ‘After talking to lots of you, Northern Chorus have teamed up with Whitby Community Choir singers, and have provisionally booked Whitby Spa Pavilion for 2022 – we know that the festival has happened here a couple of times and Jill at the Spa has agreed to take the booking – where no-one else would. There are lots of spaces where we could split up the singers if necessary. We would welcome additional support/input and in this new world of Zoom, we think that a steering group that includes lots of choir reps would be great. We would definitely want to have meetings with choir reps online in the run up to the festival – which will be wonderful and bring us all closer together. We would welcome a strong theme/message for this festival – we need to use our voices now more than ever. Send us your suggestions! Those dates would be 29/30 July 2022 – and if this is agreeable to everyone, we would strongly suggest that you book accommodation as soon as possible.’
At some point, possibly…
International ‘short song share’ with choirs from USA and Canada, connecting with the People’s Music Network.