singing out for a fairer world

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By clarionadmin, Dec 3 2018 08:19PM

This autumn we have been in good voice singing for peace.

In September we were in Chesterfield at a moving ceremony as the local Council and CND laid a wreath of white poppies for peace as a part of the First World War Armistice Day Centenary. We sang before and after the speeches and laying of the wreath, and ended with John Lennon's Imagine - in the hope that we can learn from the horrors of the past and create a future without war.

In October we sang at an event in Nottingham to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

By clarionadmin, Oct 14 2018 04:23PM

Nottingham Refugee Week is now well established with over forty events held across the city In June. The week is a festival of music, theatre, dance, film, literature, art, food and sport celebrating the contribution of refugees to Nottingham. Nottingham Clarion Choir contributed through a performance at the Launch event in the Council House Ballroom on Monday 18th June and through organising a Workshop and Street Performance on Saturday 23rd June.

Over 70 people joined together at the Friends Meeting House to sing songs calling for justice for refugees. Together we learned songs by Boff Whalley, “Citizen's Shanty” and “Three Boats” , together with “Famba Naye/It Could Be Me”, a Zimbabwean song with words by Bronwyn Westacott, who led the workshop. These moving and uplifting songs brought home the tragedy of so many deaths in the Mediterranean and the important message that we share a common destiny as “citizen's of the world”.

Following the Workshop we all took up banners and placards, challenging the lies and misinformation about refugees, and marched through Nottingham to perform together at the Brian Clough statue.

The event also celebrated the Nottingham Clarion Choir's 30th Anniversary with a simple message: we are still out there singing for justice.

Watch and listen to an extract of the performance here

By clarionadmin, Jul 4 2018 11:01AM

We were very pleased to be asked to sing at the launch of Refugee Week at the Council House in Nottingham on Monday, 18 June 2018. The Choir was also proud to sing songs which support the theme of the struggles refugees encounter when leaving their homelands, travelling dangerously over land and sea, sometimes trafficked, then arriving on foreign shores, lonely, bewildered and feeling they have no rights and no-one to turn to when things get tough.

The songs we sang at this event were part of the Choir’s planned theme for Justice this year and included: ‘I want Rosa to Stay’; ‘Deportees’ (the words to this were written by Woodie Guthrie who became very angry when he heard about the tragedy of deportees from the USA who were killed in an aircrash. American radio reported the names of the crew of the plane but referred to other passengers as ‘just deportees’); ‘We Need Each Other Now’ (showing how our similarities are more important than our differences); ‘Finlandia – Song of Peace’, (based on the music of Sibelius with words by Lloyd Stone, an anthem acknowledging the love everyone has for the country they were born and grew up in and by inference, how difficult it is to leave the country you love); and We Shall Not Give Up the Fight’, (a song from the Apartheid struggle in South Africa, which is still so relevant today in seeking justice and freedom for all).

Needless to say, the Clarion Choir, received a great reception on the night, a wonderful reward for the hard work, choir members had put in to learn and practice the songs specifically for the event.

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