On the way to the gig the heavens opened and there was rainwater everywhere. Was this an omen? Well if so a good one! The Manchester Histories Festival was a good place for the Manchester Community Choir to perform and be part of. And the banqueting suite of the Town Hall was some venue. So many local groups were represented with a historic or heritage link; reminding us that history is also about (extra) ordinary people and the lives they lead. Our chosen songs reflected these themes with ‘John Ball’ reminding us of the enduring importance of love and equality and other songs from around the world such as ‘Riu Riu Chiu’ a song of peace, and ‘Tedumela’ – we are one, echoing the increasingly multicultural nature of Manchester today. Perhaps our encore song ‘Happy Together’ made popular by the Turtles in the late 1960s might be seen by some as rather corny but it sure seemed to lift everyone’s spirit. To my untrained ear the choir now sounds better than ever!