for you to sign up to forthcoming events
Choir festival, Brighton, 29th June to 1 July. Festval
website is here
Day Hidden History Concert, 19th May, in Burford church
after commemoration which is 2pm
event 11th November. Bonn Square at peace plaque, 11
Mina Bazaar, Dec 10th: Event will be open to the general
public and those who don’t celebrate Christmas per say. It’s
a way of introducing it and welcoming it those of different religions
Poll for One World Fair (Nov 18th) , Green Fair (2nd Dec), and Englands
Hidden History (28th April 2018):
City Farm, Sat. Oct 7th, Cornwallis road, OX4 3NH.
Meet at 12.45, sing at 13.00. for about 15 mins.Possble songs: Bella
Ciao (for the climate), In a carbon free society, Climate Sceptic,
Leave the oil in the ground , One song, one dance, one world, one
chance, Transition Town Medley, Wangari
City of Sanctuary: We are writing on behalf of Oxford
City of Sanctuary to invite the Sea Green Singers to take part in
a Sanctuary Fair as part of Oxford Refugee Week on Saturday
24th June 2017 at Oxford Town Hall (TBC).
Our aim is to use the umbrella of â€˜Sanctuaryâ€™
to bring together a diverse mix of local organisations that work
for refugee rights and migrant solidarity, so that they can meet
sanctuary seekers in need of support, attract new volunteers, meet
potential funders and backers in local government, and showcase
their work in the community, hopefully educating and inspiring the
We are currently putting together a programme of speakers, musicians
and poets to perform during the event (between 2pm - 5pm) and we'd
be delighted if you are able to join us!
Day: Burford, May 20th 2017, Outside church, 10am.
STREET CHOIRS FESTIVAL - JUNE 23-25, 2017 -
You must all decide in a week.
The Kendal street choirs festival will be June 23-25, 2017 - the
main events will be in the Kendal Leisure Centre hall which seats
900 - the busking, massed sing and workshops in venues throughout
the town, many of which are used by our Street performers festival,
Mintfest. As well as the main hall, the Kendal Leisure centre has
an inexpensive swimming pool with showers.
The Friday concert with Coope Boyes and Simpson and others starts
at 7.30pm - singers can collect their wrist band tickets for the
weekend from the Leisure Centre from 4pm on Friday or early on Saturday
The Saturday massed choir workshop starts at 9.30am in the Leisure
The massed sing in Kendal town centre outside the Brewery Arts Centre
is at 12.30pm followed by busking around town.
The Saturday evening concert with the visiting choirs each performing
a short set is from 5pm in the Leisure Centre. Followed by a party
in the bar.
The Sunday morning workshops are from 9.45am in different venues
around Kendal (including the Castle Street Centre) followed by a
picnic ending c. 2.30pm.
To bookÂ Choirs wishing to book at this late stage are welcome
to do so but a place cannot be guaranteed until all the individual
singers from the choirs have registered and paid by February 15.
Each choir needs to send a Â£40 booking fee (cheques
made payable to Howgills Harmony and sent c/o David Burbidge, Smithy
cottage, Farfield, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW - or if paying by
internet bank transfer please send me an email for bank details.)
Please include with your booking - both in a letter with the cheque
and in an email - this informationÂ
1) the name of your choir,Â
2) name of the choir rep.,Â
3) phone numbers and email addresses,Â
4) address of the choir, and if you know itÂ
5) the address where you are staying in Kendal (if known).Â
6) Number of expected singers who are coming to KendalÂ
7) if you would like to join a pre- and post- festival event in
the Lake District on Thursday evening 6-9pm on June 22, and Sunday
late afternoon (4-8pm) June 25.
Choirs who book at this late stage cannot be guaranteed participation
until all the individual registrations from singers within the choirs
who have already booked have been sent by February 15. This is because
of a limit of 900 on our main hall, in the Kendal Leisure Centre.Â
Singers within these choirs which have booked now need to register
by paying Â£38 (or Â£28 if on a very low
income) with their choir reps before the end of January. This will
be collected by the choir reps and then sent here along with theÂ
1. singer's name and email address,Â
2. how they are paying (cheque or BACs) and how much,Â
2. which choirs they are singing in (some singers sing in more than
one choir) andÂ
3. if they are coming to the pre- and post- festival events in the
Haywards funeral at Islip: Fruday
17th Feb 12 mid-day. sing Singhaba.
The funeral will be held on Friday, February 17th at 12.00 noon
in St Nicholas church, Islip (https://stnicholasislip.wordpress.com/)
and followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. Sarah's family
want the funeral to be open to all and are anticipating a full church.
Those of you who know Islip will be aware of the challenges of parking.
There are some spaces at the Village Hall, and there is a car park
near the bridge. We are not sure about parking options at the railway
station. But if some Oxford based friends could car share that might
The service will folllow the traditional pattern, with two songs
with an African theme to acknowledge Sarah's strong links with Africa
throughout her working life. The Seagreensingers, with whom she
sang for many years, will sing one of her favourites Singabahambayo
Thina ( I think this translates as 'We are the ones going through
this world to our home in heaven'). The other song will be for the
Sarah's niece Deborah is creating a collage of the many photographs
that mark Sarah's life. There will also be a board with the tributes
that have been flowing in over the
Heyford commemoration Sun 29th Jan 2017
The history of Upper Heyford base should not be forgotten,
An event is being organized on Sunday 29th January. He invites us
to sing a song or two. Time not set, probably around mid-day.
Carols Thu 15 December 4pm - 6pm!
Pal-ternative Carols! Alternative words to familiar carol tunes.
And raising funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
This year we are also inviting Oxfam singers and other choirs.(w
hich is late night night shopping?) In Cornmarket Street.
This year we are inviting all other choirs to join us to sing for
the people of Gaza and West Bank and all Palestinians everywhere.
December 15th from 4pm to 6pm - or later if people can manage it
as it is late opening. Meeting in Ship Street by St Michaels. Then
we can see where we should stand. In front of the Saxon Tower or
Jane will bring all the placards with the words so no need to worry
about words and we will encourage the public to join in.
Possible social meeting afterwards (meal? Drink)
Fair: Oxford Town Hall at the top of the stairs...
Saturday 19thNovember. 1pm
Fair: Sing at the top of the stairs... for the Green
Fair in Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 3rd December
Thieves celebration of 20th birthday and an opportunity to mingle
and get to know people from other choirs in an informal weekend
of activities. Date is Friday 10th to Sunday
Dear Political Singers,
Sorry for the delay in communication about the London meet-up and
thanks to all those choirs who replied.
The festival will be from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March and will
still be centred on New Cross in South East London, easy by public
We have the lovely Zion Baptist Chapel as our main venue for Saturday
with spaces for everyone together or other rooms for dividing up
to learn different songs. We also have hArts Lane Studios for a
party on Saturday night (no alcohol allowed at the Chapel) and also
as a sleeping option for Friday and Saturday nights if we can't
find enough beds with our London choir members for all the out-of-London
singers, though we will do our best.
The aim of the weekend is to have fun, get to know each other, sing
songs together and have a public concert on Saturday evening in
the Chapel and an open air concert on the embankment on Sunday lunchtime.
We aim to make everything as cheap as possible and will charge a
small registration fee (still to be calculated but between £5
and £10) to cover the costs of Saturday lunch, tea/coffee/biscuits
and a songbook.
Please think about whether you and your choir would like to teach
a song to everyone and send that initially as a score and a recording
of any quality. We envisage four songs being taught but in parallel
Please also send words to songs which you think would be good to
share informally - songs that we can all sing along to if we know
the words - songs you know are sung by several choirs. We will compile
these into a songbook for the event with a copy for everyone. Please
send before New Year to me.
Strawberry Thieves is glad to welcome organisational input from
Red & Green choir, Raised Voices and Oxford's Sea Green Singers
and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon,