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Singing in the Bath!  November 1st 2015

Once again, we sang at an Open Day at the iconic Victoria Baths.  Liz had lost her voice so Chrissie made the announcements. Great acoustics, great day our – as this blog from William West (basses) makes clear

Last Sunday I was ‘in at the deep end’ in the Victoria Baths, one of the most beautiful settings I have sung in and there is something extra special about singing from the bottom of – for now – a dry pool.

We sounded good – OK I am biased but our choir director Liz Powers gets the best out of us, definitely greater than the sum of our parts – tenors, bases, sopranos and altos! And we had an enthusiastic and larger than usual audience with a 3 year old Nyla to sing happy birthday to and a toddler who just had to dance as we sung.

We are a community choir and thrive on our local links – come and listen to us, better still come and join us.


Busking for International Day of Peace 21st September 2015

We started our year off by singing with Open Voice choir on the steps of Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester


Street Choir Festival 10-12 July 2015 Whitby

If you happened to be in Whitby mid July, there were 40+ choirs singing together and then separately around the town on Saturday, with a (limited) ticket only concert on Saturday evening.

For more information see the Steetchoir Whitby site.

Quarry Bank Mill Sunday 14th June 2015

Three performances: at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Free entry to Quarry Bank Mill on this Discovery Day.

This was a free family fun day, with lots to discover both indoors and out! Some had a go at some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ with the NT Rangers and enjoyed stories and games in the Mill.

at Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill Discovery Day June 2015

Chorlton Arts Festival

Friday 15th May 2015 7.30-9.30pm.
Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church, Egerton Road South, Chorlton, MANCHESTER M21 0XJ

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Manchester Community Choir is performing as part of Chorlton Arts Festival sharing the bill with Hard Times Kapelye and SHE Choir – should be a great night! The concert starts at 7.30pm – doors open 7.15pm. Pay on the door £5 (£3 concessions)

Fundraising Concert for The Heap and Growing Together!

Saturday 9th May 2015 7.30pm
Saint Chrysostom’s Church, 4A Anson Road, Victoria Park, Manchester, Lancashire M14 5BG

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Winter Festival in Heaton Park Saturday 20th December 2014

Singing 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.


Quarry Bank Mill Discovery Day June 2015

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
Join 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 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 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 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.
Manchester Community Choir, led by Liz Powers, sings songs from all over the world – and teaches audiences the best ones! Guests Hard Times Kapelye, a lively klezmer band, playing Yiddish and Balkan inspired tunes, and Melody Macs, the Macmillan Centre choir.

“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

Library Service Open Day Saturday 7th December 2013

As the Library Service get ready for their return to the newly refurbished Central Reference Library, we were invited to sing our festive songs in the newly renovated Rates Hall on the ground floor of the Town Hall extension building. As well as songs from our festive repertoire we sang Hayo O Tshwanang Le Yena in honour of Nelson Mandela, and invited the audience to join in.

Some comments from our members afterwards:

“It was really moving singing in honour of Nelson Mandela. We got some strange looks later when we continued singing in the Xmas Market”

“A lovely afternoon Liz. An emotional tribute to Mandela and a great joint sing with the audience.”

And from Angela and the team at Archives+

“I would like to say a massive thank you for you and all the choir members
who came along to the Rates Hall on Saturday and definitely made the event
such a success. There was a wonderful atmosphere that day and the
performance was really great. The Nelson Mandela song was particularly
special and it was a privilege to have you all perform. I hope you are keen
to visit us when we move in to Central Library.”

Fundraising Showcase Saturday 30th November 2013

This was to support and celebrate the Opportunities and Activities Program which takes place at Union Chapel. We were treated to an afternoon of African drumming, guitar playing, dancing by Anne Finnegan’s dance school, and we all took part in some sitting doen line dancing! After the excitement of the line dancing we were ready to tuck into tea and cakes and spend some money buying cards and pictures.

From Hazel Roy, co-organiser: “Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all who came along on Saturday and made the event such a success. We gor plenty of positive feedback . I was so impressed with the range of talents being fostered within the building. great fun. Thanks so much.”

From Michael Welford, co-organiser: “The programme was a great success. There were 80-100 in the audience, including many performers. Raised £360 inclusing entrance, sale of cakes etc and a percentage on the sale of pictures.


National Street Choir Festival Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July 2013

We went to Aberystwyth this year on our annual weekend away for the National Street Choir Festival. Cor Gobaith were our hosts, and it was a wonderful event. The sun shone, we sang at various points on the promenade and in the castle ruins. And the Arts Centre was the perfect spot to watch the sun setting over Cardigan Bay!

Victoria Baths Sunday July 7th 2013

victoria-bath Once again we sang at one of the Victoria Baths Open days, and supported the restoration of this historic building at the same time. Despite it being the Wimbledon finals plenty of poeple came to listen us singing including a lady celebrating her 90th birthday.

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road Manchester M13 0FE


Manchester Museum Saturday 18th May 2013

Singing at 12 and at 1

This event is part of Adult Learners Week – come and find us among the creatures in the Natural History galleries.

Chorlton Arts Festival Friday 24th May 2013

At Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church, Egerton Rd South, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0XJ (on the corner of Wilbraham Road and Egerton Rd South)
Concert starts at 8pm

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Yes that’s right – there will be audience participation!

Tickets £5 /£3 from here or on the door.

Soup Sandwiches and Sing with the Melody Macs Saturday 16 March 2013

A lovely social afternoon at Trafford General Hospital’s Macmillan Centre, which began with lunch, followed by both choirs singing to each other, and Liz and Carol teaching both choirs a couple of songs each which we then all sang together.

City Centre Selfridges Saturday December 15th 2012

Christmas Fayre at Warrington Peace Centre, Saturday December 1st 2012

Singing our festive songs under the Christmas Tree with reindeer outside
Singing our festive songs under the Christmas Tree with reindeer outside

The Foundation for Peace was set up after the Warrington bomb in 1993 which killed Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball and injured 57 other people. It was set up by Colin and Wendy Parry and it now works nationally and internationally on conflict resolution, with victims of terrorism, to tackle racism and to support the emergency services.
The Christmas Fayre was a fundraising event, and also an opportunity to tell people about the work of the Peace Centre.
The choir sang at around 11am and again at around 12 noon.


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“Thank you for the great consert and for arranging such wonderful stay for all of us in Cor Mio. Hope to see you all again some time. Tove”
“You’re great! Thank you again for everything you did for us in Manchester. We will never forget neither you, the buffet or the concert. Warm regards from Monika”
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Monday 23rd July 2012 Manchester Community Choir End Of Year Concert

St Werburgh’s Church, Chorlton

“Kudekukuru! Clicking! Singing! Rubbing of hands! And some first-class stamping! Enjoy …”

July 13th to 15th 2012 National Street Choir Festival Bury

Mass sing, busking and a concert at the National Street Choir Festival

The mass singThe Mass SingAye, ayeBusking in the town centreBusking to a few discerning passers bySat evening concert in Bury

National Street Choir Festival 2012 Bury, a set on Flickr.

Sunday May 20th 2012 Chorlton Arts Festival

“Fantastic event. Almost full house, standing ovation, encore demands, keen audience participation! What a tribute to Liz’s fantastic talents – roll on our return on 23rd July!”

Sunday 13th May 2012 Celebrating Adult Learners Week Showcase

at The Peoples History Museum

The organisers of the Adult Learners event at the Peoples History Museum and from the Chorlton Arts Festival have given us excellent feedback and praised us highly on our performances. ‘Brilliant’.’Fabulous’ Wonderful’ We have also gained new members from both events!

Wednesday 18th April 2012 Celebrating Sustainable Communities Platt Chapel

Action for Sustainable Living have a writeup of the event

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Friday 30th March 2012 Mary Agdenugba’s Campaign Launch Cross Street Chapel

Sunday 11th December 2011 Linton House Residents party.

Sunday 11th December 2011 Busking outside the Friends Meeting House

Listen to us singing some of our festive winter songs, as recorded by Joseph McGarraghy

25 – 27th Nov 2011 Raise Your Banners UK festival in Bradford

Thursday, 24 November 2011 Georgian singing workshop

led by Sakhioba, a fourteen-piece male-voice choir from the Republic of Georgia. The ensemble,
founded in 2006, is directed by Malkhaz Erkvanidze, the leading authority in the
post-Soviet revival of ancient Georgian church chant and founder of the renowned Anchiskati Choir.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 Ceilidh with a difference

an evening of singing and dancing
led by Northern Harmony (organised jointly with the university)

Saturday 22nd October 2011 A get together with the Melody Mac’s Singing Group

at Trafford Macmillan Care Centre


Wednesday 20th July 2011

we helped to celebrate alto Margaret’s forthcoming wedding, by singing at the Band On The Wall.

15th – 17th July 2011 National Street Choir Festival Whitby

Sunday 3rd July 2011 Victoria Baths Open Day.

Part of NotPartOf Festival 2011

Sunday 19th June 2011 Manchester Day Parade

taking part in Sing for Water North.

Wed 25th May 2011 Chorlton Arts Festival


Saturday 15th January 2011 Not Part Of event

at FAC251

Friday December 3rd 2010 Changemakers event

at St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road Precinct.

Sunday 7th November 2010 Victoria Baths Open Day

jointly with Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus.

Saturday October 23rd 2010 Soup, Sandwiches, Sing

at the Trafford Macmillan Care Centre


9th – 11th July Sheffield 2010 Street Choir Festival

Sunday 4th July 2010 Co-Op Day Morecambe

Mon 24th May 2010 Chorlton Arts Festival

Mon 3rd May 2010 Celebration at Kersal Moor

Sat 20th March 2010 The Retirement Show at Manchester Central (G-Mex)

Saturday 27th February 2010 Workshop with Chris Rowbury

Friday 26th February 2010 People’s History Museum official reopening

Saturday 19th December 2009 Asylum Seekers Social at Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester

Sunday 13th December 2009 Linton House (international students and families)

Saturday 12th December 2009 ‘Busking in Chorlton’

Wednesday 9th December, ‘Be Proud Awards’ ceremony at Manchester Town Hall

Saturday 21st November 2009. Charity event in aid of Christies Hospital

November 2009 Raise Your Banners, Bradford

Saturday 3rd October 2009 Workshop with Mary Keith


2nd August 2009 Victoria Baths

10th to 12th July 2009 Street Music Festival in Whitby

Thursday 20th June 2009 One World Festival, New Mills

20th May Chorlton Arts Festival

4th May 2009 Whalley Range Festival

Saturday 14th March 2009. Asylum Seekers Social, The Mosses Community Centre, Bury.

Sunday 10th Feb 2009 10th Birthday Party

Saturday 31st January 2009 Workshop with Beth Allen

Sunday 14th December 2008 Linton House

Sunday 14th December 2008 at the Triangle Shopping Centre.

Sunday 30th November 2008 at The Craft Centre


13-15 July 2007 Manchester Community Choir hosted the 2007 National Street Choir Festival.

On stage at the RNCM


Here are rather a lot of photos of ourselves and the other choirs in action…
rehearsing, choirs performing in the concert and busking.

Also a ‘Flikr’ album of the Mass Sing, some photos taken by our own Mary O, and some more photos taken by our Barry.

15th July 2005 – International Conscientious Objectors Day

There’s a mention of the choir on the Peace Tax Seven website.

15th January 2004 Manchester Against Racism launch rally

Chris Edwards published a report of the event and a video of us singing.

August 2002 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

January 2002 Holocaust Memorial Day

“The evening will be supported by contributions from diverse community organisations, performance poet Lemm Sissay, the Halle Orchestra and the Manchester Community Choir.” Read more here. And watch the video