Welcome to Manchester Community Choir, in this our 20th anniversary year! Our repertoire includes songs from all over the world, both modern and traditional, with the odd pop song thrown in for good measure. Within this rich and varied mix, all our songs reflect our values of respect for the world and its peoples, and a belief in freedom, fairness and peace.
We sing acapella (unaccompanied) and we aim to have fun while we practise and perform. We welcome all comers, and we don’t audition. We keep our subscription rates as low as possible, and they vary depending on members’ ability to pay.
From September 2019, Rose Hodgson is our talented musical director, taking over from Liz Powers who had been our MD for eleven wonderful years. Rose is a member of the Natural Voice Network and has been leading choirs for 15 years, in community, health and workplace settings. She has a wide ranging repertoire of songs, including songs from southern Africa, Hawaii, Georgia, Czech Republic and Ireland. She also arranges acapella songs herself and sings in the vocal group The Lovenotes.
Manchester Community Choir has around 100 members and we perform regularly at events in and around this great city – including at the recent unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst – in venues as varied as Victoria Baths, St Peter’s Square, Royal Northern College of Music and Chorlton Irish Club. We also travel further afield to the the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod and to the annual Street Choirs Festival. This year the festival was held in Manchester, and Rose is pictured leading the Choir of a Thousand Voices in Cathedral Gardens.
Our regular rehearsal venue is Didsbury Baptist Church at the junction of School Lane and Beaver Road M20 6SX. It’s right opposite the Didsbury Village Metro stop. Check our calendar here to see dates of all our rehearsals from Sept 2019 to July 2020.
More about the choir gives you even more information about us.