Back in the day, when you went on a march through London – something I did a lot of in my youth, starting with the march against the Corrie Bill, and moving on to Section 28, the Police Bill, Anti-Nuclear marches with CND, Reclaim the Night, anti-cuts marches with various unions, Lesbian Strength, Gay Pride (back when it was really a political march not a fun day out) …gosh so many marches – anyway, way back then, we used to SING, and in local protests more recently (library under threat, arts venue funding being cut, entire hospital threatened with closure) we’ve gone out and sung too.
I’ve been on a few marches recently, the political climate having taking a heave to the right, and feeling the need to do some shouting in public, but no one is singing anymore.
There is a fantastic tradition of protest songs, and they are (Usually, from necessity) easy to sing and easy to remember.
And they are fun too.
I’ve been suggesting we do a season of protest songs at Vocal Chords, my regular choir for a couple of years and we have finally done it. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about protest songs in perfect harmony in a church – they should really be rough round the edges and raucous, and full of joy and anger and defiance, and most importantly – outside! However, I’ll take what I can get.
Come and have a listen!
Saturday 1st April 7pm for 7.30
Holy Trinity Church, 66 Lennard Road SE20 7LX
£7 on the door in aid of Wheels for Wellbeing.
Reprising at Brockley Max festival Sunday June 4th 3.30pm at St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE4.