Zulu Song Workshop
with Thanda Gumede from Zulu Tradition
This song workshop on Sept 8th followed on from our very popular Zulu harmony singing vocal techniques workshop with Thanda earlier this year.
Our final performance of the year was to ourselves, in the Saints and Scholars pub, on Sunday 22 July. A fine time was had by all. See you in September!
International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen.
Saturday July 7th 2018.
This year our friends Kor Rey from Iceland shared the Amphitheatre stage and Centenary Square with us and everyone had a great time.
Street Choirs Festival Brighton 2018
Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July
On Saturday 30th June, we were part of the mass sing and then we had 2 busking spots in Brighton that afternoon.
We performed on Saturday evening in the Brighton Dome.
Here’s Lizzie Gent’s blog about the fantastic weekend.
More details on the Brighton Streetchoirs website
Celebration Day 2018
Sunday June 10th Central Library
Spirit of Kinder
Saturday 21st April 1.30 – 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
We sang in between talks. poems, exhibition stalls all celebrating the Kinder Trespass of April 1932, which led to the right to roam in the countryside. The event closed withe the audience singing “The Manchester Rambler”, led by local folk singer Jack Parker.
Sat 24 March 2018
14:30 – 18:30
Didsbury Baptist Church Beaver Rd M20 6SX
An afternoon of singing with our inspirational Musical Director Liz Powers.
Whether you’re already a member of a choir or just like singing in the shower, come along and join in the fun.
You’ll learn some new songs by ear (no need to read music) and you’ll be helped along by the friendly members of the Manchester Community Choir. We’ll be joined by our friends from Bristol, The Gasworks Singers and their MD Dee Jarlett who will also lead some of the singing.
There’ll be refreshments and a cake stall, with proceeds to Growing Together Levenshulme, a therapeutic horticulture project for refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester. All you need to bring is a smile, a bottle of water and cake money!
The venue has full disabled access.
Tickets are £14 (£9 concessions) in advance only from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-sing-tickets-42193580134 …
Busking for the Women’s Suffrage banner!
Sunday March 25th 11am to 12.30pm
People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
We will be joining forces with Bristol’s Gasworks Singers, busking to raise money to help the PHM restore the newly acquired suffrage banner.
Zulu Singing Workshop
Led by Thanda Gumede of Zulu Tradition.
Saturday February 24th 2018 10am to 1pm
Cross St Chapel Manchester M2 1NL
Tickets were £15 (£10 concessions).
Central Library Winter Extravaganza
Saturday 16th December 2017
Stockport Fair Trade Xmas Fair
Saturday November 25th 2017
We welcomed in the festive season with two sets for Stockport Fair Trade, and really enjoyed the great atmosphere and the wonderful craft stalls. Here’s the poster for the event.
Victoria Baths Open Day
Sunday 12th November
Manchester Community Choir and Heaton Youth Choir sang in the Gala Pool at 1pm and 2.30pm. Here’s the poster.
International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen.
Saturday July 8th 2017.
We sang twice on the Globe Stage. Then we busked in Llangollen town centre, at the War Memorial.
Between times, we appeared on BBC Radio Wales. You can hear the radio interview and our performance here
Quite a busy day!
STREETCHOIRS FESTIVAL in KENDAL
Saturday 24th June 2017
The annual gathering of community choirs from all over the UK, which this year was in a beautiful Lake District setting.
As usual, there was a Mass Sing of all the choirs together. Well nigh 1000 people singing songs we’d learnt earlier (an hour earlier, actually!).
Then each choir sang outdoors at carefully chosen locations around the town. Here we are outside the Arts Centre, really enjoying ourselves!
Then on the Saturday night, each of the 40 choirs sang a short set of songs on stage at the Kendal Leisure Centre. You can see and hear us singing “You’re The Voice” in the concert on our home page and you can read Sue Nathan’s handcrafted illustrated blog about the fantastic weekend here
Global Re-Grooves (Chorlton Arts Festival)
Thursday 25 May 2017
For the second year in a row, we rocked the Chorlton Irish Club lounge bar, sharing the bill with well known klezmer band Hard Times Kapelye, giving us their toe-tapping Balkan tunes, and the acclaimed Manchester SHE Choir, singing hits new and not so new, arranged by themselves. We rounded off the show by singing many of our favourites, and Liz continued what has become a tradition for us at CAF – she taught the audience a song and they joined in with gusto!
Dig that spooky lighting, man, which just added to the nightclub atmosphere!
However, the night was tinged with sadness, coming so soon after the Arena bomb. We observed a minute’s silence at the beginning of our set, and collected £246 from audience members to give to the Manchester Emergency Fund.
William West’s blog here is aptly titled “Singing Because We Must”.
Peak and City Voices
Saturday May 6th 2017
We joined Whaley Choir in Buxton to sing at a fund-raising concert in aid of the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. The concert raised £1,292. Click on the poster heading to see the full poster:
The photo below shows the two choirs singing together, under the direction of Whaley Choir’s MD, Patrick Gundry-White. Can you spot Liz, our MD, singing with the tenors?
Read William West’s blog about the event here
BUSKING FOR MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE
Saturday March 4th 2017
King Street, City Centre
Our first Manchester gig of 2017. See Peter Willmot’s blog here , including a photo and a video clip.
MANCHESTER ON AVON
Saturday 18th February 2017
Manchester Community Choir went to Bristol to perform with local choir the Gasworks Singers and raise funds for the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres in Syria.
Between us we raised £1,142 for MSF and we shared a weekend of learning and hospitality with the Gasworks Singers. Read our blog about the weekend here
To check out our performances from past years, go to