William West writes: Our Global Grooves gig at the Irish Centre in Chorlton, as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival, was one of our best yet. First up was the fantastic Hard Times Kapelye, a six piece band that played compelling Yiddish and Balkan-inspired Klezmer music. Next was the incredible She Choir, with their catchy arrangement of pop and not so pop songs. Two inspiring acts hard to follow! We, the Manchester Community Choir, were meant to be the penultimate turn, but illness prevented the amazing Wangari, a high energy women’s drumming group, from performing. We rose to the occasion, in front of a lively and very engaged audience that packed out the venue. It’s hard to pick out one song from our list as our best on the night, but ‘Sing John Ball’ seemed such an appropriate song to sing just now, with its focus on equality. Liz Powers, our musical director, had teased the audience with the possibility of an encore and such was the audience’s response we had to do ‘Happy Together’ but, in this case, with a twist. The Choir, having sung it in fine voice, Liz then taught the audience how to sing it and they responded with gusto. If this is typical of the Chorlton Festival audience then the rest of the events will play well, and if this is a benchmark of what our choir can achieve, then our forthcoming gigs hold a lot of promise!