We All Can Stand Together


Liz Powers sings and conducts on ‘Nana was a suffragette’

The Fair Trade Fair in Stockport is the first performance in the Choir’s busy run-up to Christmas, and was well received by an enthusiastic audience that included the Mayor of Stockport. This was a chance to sing some of our festive favourites such as: Past Three A’Clock, and Oley ley loyla with its reindeer shouts. We also sang Dindirin which is a curious medieval madrigal that spans three or four languages. We also sang some songs to welcome in the New Year(!) – Tar Barrel, Ring it in and Auld Lang Syne (an extraordinary barbershop-inspired version).

And we had the chance to try out three songs – Nana was a suffragette, Pankhurst Anthem and an old favourite of ours You’re the Voice – that we will sing on Friday 14th December at lunch time when the new Emmeline Pankhurst statue is unveiled in St Peter’s Square in front of a large crowd: more details here.

When our choir performs in public there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make it possible. Clearly our Choir Director Liz Powers plays a vital role in getting us to sing so good, performing some well-chosen and well-arranged songs – thanks to Alison Crutchley.

Others worthy of a mention include: Mick and Larraine for their invaluable work in setting up and liaising; Ray for the great new teardrop flag and Nikki Bishop from Stockport Fair Trade group for videoing us sing Nana was a Suffragette. See you in St Peter’s Square!

Blog by William West.  Video by Nikki Bishop. Photo by James Nightingale.

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