We want to gather the oral histories of street choir members, publish a book and establish a living archive online
'I CERTAINLY will endorse and support the project!' Peggy Seeger.
Campaign Choirs want to collect the oral-histories of members of community street choirs from across the UK and publish an illustrated book 'Singing for our lives: stories from the street choirs'. The book will be rich with photographs, song lyrics and music as well as people's stories. Street choirs are a cultural tradition within which is woven the rich histories of people, places and communities.
We will gather stories that reveal why people sing, how they choose a choir, which songs and practices of singing inspire them, why choirs sing in the public space of the street, and how members imagine the future of their choirs and the world that they sing in.
We want to share the heritage of street choirs with a wider public, train members of street choirs in oral-history interviewing and engage street choirs in this inspiring project. Take a look at the rough-cut case studies of Red Leicester and Liverpool Socialist Singers that that we've put together.