Manchester Community Choir was founded in 1999, and has over 100 members. Our talented, enthusiastic and inspirational musical director Liz Powers, has been directing us since 2008. We sing acapella songs, which are mostly ones about equality, peace and respect, from all over the world, both modern and traditional. Some of our songs have been arranged especially for us. We sing for pleasure, well-being and friendship and enjoy supporting good causes. We don’t have auditions; we accept all comers and the choir is non-political and non-religious.

Although we don’t go in for competitions, we are proud of our high performance standards and we have appeared at many important events in our 17 year history. These include the Commonwealth Games Closing ceremony, the televised National Holocaust Memorial Day at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the re-opening of the People’s History Museum, the annual Manchester Day parade and the Manchester Histories Festival. We’ve been lucky enough to be invited to sing at some pretty iconic venues, such as the Royal Exchange Theatre, Victoria Baths, the Band on the Wall nightclub, Quarry Bank Mill, Heaton Hall and Manchester’s beautifully refurbished Central Library. We’ve also had the pleasure of performing with choirs from Norway and from Iceland.

In between these and many other performances, we find time to organise singing workshops, record CDs and raise awareness of the UN’s annual Peace Day. We also help raise funds for charities, having performed for Freedom from Torture, The Foundation for Peace, Shelter, Children with Cancer UK and charities supporting asylum seekers. We always sing at the annual National Street Choirs Festival, which pitches up at different towns each year, and last year we appeared at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod for the first time ever, which was a really great experience – hence this application for 2017.