Singing because we must

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Manchester Community Choir at Chorlton Arts festival, 25 May 2017 (photo by Alex Amato)

I did wonder whether the choir should be performing at all just 3 days after the dreadful Manchester bombing. However, Liz Powers our choir director suggested that we change the order of our set to start with Durme the Jewish ladino lullaby, followed by a minute’s silence rather than applause and then the poignant Who will you be? – a grandmother’s song to a new grandchild.

250517_group_singingThen followed some of our favourites – the spirited Nigerian Oremi Je ka Jo, the Irish As she moved, the rousing Zimbabwean/South African Shosholoza, the lovely Woyoya and Julian Lennon’s ecological warning Saltwater. These were songs from many countries and cultures reflecting some of the diversity of Manchester. We finished with Sing John Ball with its message of equality and community of which Liz somehow quickly and effectively taught the audience to sing the chorus for an engaging end to our set.

250517_women_singingAlso performing were the talented Hard Times Kapelye group playing wonderful Jewish Klezmer music and other East European and Balkan tunes and the amazing She Choir who sang with such spirit.

At the end of the concert a collection was taken at the end of the concert, raising a remarkable £237 for families of the victim of the bombing.

Blog by William West.  Pictures by Alex Amato and John Eaden.

About Manchester Community Choir

Manchester Community Choir exists to bring together and to encourage people from all sections of the community to sing together and share the joy of song.
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