Welcome to Manchester Community Choir. 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 allcomers, and we don’t audition. We keep our subscription rates as low as possible, and they vary depending on members’ ability to pay.
Rose Hodgson has been our musical director since September 2019. 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. In 2019 the festival was held in Manchester, and Rose is pictured leading the Choir of a Thousand Voices in Cathedral Gardens.
Rehearsals have been online via Zoom since March 2020, but for the autumn term 2021 we will be returning to singing together, although it will be in th open air. Our regular rehearsal venue before the pandemic was Didsbury Baptist Church at the junction of School Lane and Beaver Road M20 6SX. It’s right opposite the Didsbury Village Metro stop.
See our detailed information sheet for even more information about how the choir works.