Archives 2014

Winter Festival in Heaton Park Saturday 20th December 2014

HEATON.jpgSinging in The Music Room, Heaton Hall (It’s a Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th-century country house, by the way!)

1.30pm and 2.30pm: The Friends of Heaton Hall present the Manchester Community Choir in the Music Room, Heaton Hall. Performances last approx. 30-45 minutes, limited to 50 places per session, no charge but booking required through the Heaton Park feedback form.

See here for information about what else is happening on the day.

Crafts and Choirs Celebration Saturday 13th Dec 2014

Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square

Archives+ and Central Library hosted an afternoon of festive activities including musical performances. Father Christmas attended and there were be crafts and family activities throughout the afternoon.
There was a selection of festive archives and special collections available with a specialist on hand to answer all your questions. There were also free mince pies.

Musical Performances *
12 pm – Cavendish Singers
1pm and 1.40 pm Manchester Community Choir
2.30 pm MyUK
3pm Grace Darling Singers
4pm Pleiades

* Please note performance times are subject to change.

Free entry.


Central Library Christmas Extravaganza December 13th 2014 by Maxine Bamber

Winter Concert in aid of Freedom from Torture 4th Dec 2014

Date: 4 December, 2014 – 19:30 to 21:30
Venue:St Werburgh’s Church, 388 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0UH
dsc_0713_13476960554_o.jpgJoin FFT for their annual Winter Concert at St Werburgh’s Church, Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, an evening of light music including choral works, instrumental favourites and Christmas Classics.
The evening will include music from pianist Matt Whitham, the soprano Celia McGoldrick, the Bernstein Clarinet Quintet, and a performance from The Manchester College Choir . FFT are delighted this year to also be joined by the Manchester Community Choir.

Tickets can be purchased from the FFT website or on the door. For more information contact Alice on 0161 236 5744 or anicolay at

International Day of Peace – Sunday 21st September

The Stone Flowers were performing in Albert Square.
Stone Flowers is a music project which began in 2011, led by Musicians without Borders, working with survivors of torture at our North West centre.
The choir supported this project by singing at 2pm and 4pm on stage in Albert Square.
It also happened to be the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, so there was plenty going on in Albert Square on Sunday.

Fri to Sun 11th-13th July National Street Choir Festival, Hebden Bridge


A wonderful weekend of music and singing –

Starting with Friday night: Concerts by Seize the Day (plus Red Hippo), and O’Hooley and Tiddow (plus Deep C Divas);

Continuing on Saturday: Mass sing, busking, choir concerts and Party/get together;

20140712_15084620140712_201336_LLSFinishing on Sunday: Workshops and mass picnic/get together

Sunday June 22nd 2014 Manchester Day

The choir sang in Albert Square, Manchester at 12.15 and 1pm

Organisers Walk The Plank had this to say about the event as a whole:

This year’s Manchester Day brought a hint of the tropical to the city centre as our theme Going Global saw us travel across the continents, under the sea and everywhere in between. Record crowds filled the streets and squares with over 75,000 people joining us from across the region for a day which was jam-packed with entertainment and activities.
This year saw a new programme of events surrounding the annual Manchester DayParade, with performance taking place in four central squares: Albert, St Ann’s, Great Northern and Exchange. Alongside the creative costumes and impressive makes which wound their way through the city, the squares played host to a human board game, a safari animal dance-off and a team of Italian Sbandieratori (flag-throwers).

Sunday June 15th Adult Learners Week

Choir Performance at Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anne’s Square, Manchester
On Sunday 15 June the Royal Exchange’s Great Hall was filled with song.
The Royal Exchange hosted a singing extravaganza- Singing in the City– in partnership with the regional Adult Learners Week campaign team, and Manchester Community Choir took part.

RoyalX10Also taking part were Golden Voices Community Choir, Picturehouse Choir, Gallery Choir and Do Your Thing.

Sunday June 1st 2014 Victoria Baths

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photo taken by @Socialfabrik

The choir sang a couple of sets at the June Victoria Baths Open Day where a Book and Collectibles sale was taking place. As usual we made a great sound singing to a great audience ‘in the deep end’, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

One of our members commented “My daughter and her boyfriend were there for the first set. They said we sounded really good, Durme in particular was fantastic according to both of them! The tune was being hummed by the whole household by the end of yesterday evening!”

Another said Yesterday I decided to listen to the second set we did at Victoria baths and wanted to let you know that it sounded really lovely – I could have listened for longer

And a potential new member contacted us to say “I saw your choir today at Victoria Baths and I really enjoyed the concert, I’d love to come and sing with you!”

Friday 16th May 2014 Chorlton Arts Festival

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8pm to 9.30pm at St Werburgh’s Church
Entrance £5 (£3 concessions).
Singing for Pleasure : Manchester Community Choir and Guests.
“Please pass my thanks on to all at MCC for last night – great for Melody Macs to be part of such a fabulous event.” – Carol Donaldson

An Evening With Manchester Community Choir and Friends


On Friday March 14th 2014 Manchester Community Choir (and friends) took part in a fundraiser for Freedom From Torture.
An Evening With Manchester Community Choir

“Still buzzing from last night. What a fantastic evening, thanks to inspirational conducting and outstanding impresario/organising!” Caroline

“As a member of the audience, I was so very impressed by your performance and hope to see you all sing again soon. Brilliant!” Kylie

“Lovely singing and playing, and a tasty piece of coffee cake!” Jude

Saturday 18th January 2014

Manchester Community Choir took part in an early evening fundraising cabaret with
poems from Mark Abraham
songs from Kerry Firth
music Dave Taylor
at Manchester Bridge Club

The fundraiser was organised by Olayinka’s campaign supported by

RAPAR – working together to achieve equal human rights. Please see for more information and how to help.

a HUGE THANK YOU for your time, effort and lovely performance yesterday afternoon at Olayinka’s benefit. It was a good event in general I thought and the choir sang really well – a number of people commented on how good we were. I felt very proud of us.” Ruth