Here’s what we got up to last year, 2016. Or click here to browse our entire history since 1999.
Central Library Xmas Family Extravaganza
Saturday 10 December 2016
MCC sang in Manchester’s iconic Central Library at 10.50 for about 30 minutes; just the one spot this year. We sang on the ground floor, near the shop and cafe.
Read William West’s blog about the performance here
Freedom From Torture Winter Fundraiser
Friday 2nd December 2016 St Werburgh’s Church Chorlton
We rehearsed in the church hall and then processed into the church, where we we shared the bill with four very classy acts – the Manchester College Choir, the Bernstein Clarinet Quartet, Paul Twine and the Schubert trio. Between us we gave the packed house at St Werburgh’s just what had been promised – an evening of classical music, blues, show tunes and world music, plus a few Xmas tunes for good measure. The concert raised £834 for the charity Freedom from Torture which all went to helping survivors of torture who now live in the UK. Read William West’s blog about the concert here
Stockport Fairtrade Xmas Fair
Saturday 19 November 2016 Stockport Guildhall
Read Peter Willmot’s blog about the event here
Victoria Baths Open Day, Art & Craft Fair
Sunday 6 November 2016.
We sang at 1pm and 2.30pm in one of the pools (drained, of course – we think of everything, you know!). Read William West’s blog about the event here
Northern Lights Concert!
Manchester Community Choir and Kór Reyðarfjarðarkirkju from Iceland (Kor Rey for short!)
Sunday 9th October 2016 Didsbury Baptist Church,
A concert featuring Manchester Community Choir and Kór Reyðarfjarðarkirkju (Kor Rey for short), a village choir from the mountains and fjords of eastern Iceland, who were on their first visit to the UK. Each choir sang a selection of their songs, then we performed four songs together. The concert was a sell out, and all proceeds went to Shelter, which benefited to the tune of £1000.
Read William West’s blog about the concert here
One Day One Choir (Peace Day)
Wednesday 21 September 2016 Media City, Salford
We teamed up with the Open Voice Community Choir to sing outdoors to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace as part of One Day One Choir
Read not one but two blogs about the event by Ray Dumpleton and Mary Kirrane here
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod
Saturday 9th July 2016
We sang on the Royal Mail Stage and busked on the Eisteddfod site, sometimes dodging the rain in the VIP tent. We performed as non-competitors and had a really great day.
Read William West’s blog about the day here
Street Choir Festival 2016 in Leicester
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th June
Our annual weekend away!
Public events on the Saturday started at noon, when hundreds of singers joined together for a mass sing in Jubilee Square. Then from 1pm to 4pm, thirty six individual choirs took to the streets and busked the afternoon away. The finale of the day was a formal concert at The Curve, where thirty six choirs got a chance to sing on stage one after another.
The Friday and Sunday concerts and workshops were for members of participating choirs only.
Further details of the festival.
Manchester Histories Festival Celebration Day in Manchester Town Hall.
Saturday 11 June 2016 at 1pm in the Town Hall Banqueting Hall and later – weather permitting – outdoors, in Albert Square. More details of the free Celebration Day are found here http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/whatson/celebration-day. It’s the exciting culmination of the week long Manchester Histories Festival.
Chorlton Arts Festival at Chorlton Irish Club
17 High Lane, Chorlton Cum Hardy, M21 9DJ
Thursday 26 May 2016 at 8pm.
Join us for a colourful and joyful evening of ‘Global Grooves’, featuring Manchester Community Choir(singing and teaching the audience acappella songs from around the world), Hard Times Kapelye (lively klezmer band with Yiddish/Balkan inspired tunes), SHE Choir (acclaimed Manchester women’s choir)
and Wangari (high-energy, female drum troupe). Due to illness Wangari won’t be able to join us on this occasion.
Entry £5 / £3
Victoria Station, Manchester Saturday 19 December 2015
The choir busked to raise money for Children with Cancer UK and we raised £340