This was the choir’s first outdoor event since the unveiling of the Pankhurst statue just before Christmas before a massive crowd. In contrast our first set at the Manchester Marathon, admittedly at 10.20am on a coolish Sunday morning, attracted a rather small audience. But, as ever, we put our hearts into our singing and rose up (!) to the occasion.
Our second set, at 11.50am did attract a slightly larger audience, some of whom were somewhat distracted by a large TV screen nearby that showed the finishing line for the marathon. It was curious how fitting some of our lyrics turned out to be – “And we will get there, heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will. It will be hard, we know, and the road will be muddy and rough” -‘Woyaya’. Well maybe not the muddy bit!
Singing ‘We need each other now’ seemed to capture the mood of the moment – “And while we sit upon the fence/ In harmony and dissonance/The bells toll out intolerance/We need each other now.” But as ever, singing together as we do, lifts our spirits and lifts those of our audience and sheer numbers matters less than the quality and spirit in which we sing.