Welcome to the Street Choirs Festival
A brief history
First held in Sheffield in 1983 as the ‘National Street Band Festival’, the Street Choirs Festival brought together musicians who played in the signature marches and protests of a turbulent decade politically defined by Thatcherism, the Falklands/Malvinas war, and the miners’ strike.
The intention of the Festival was to put the music into protest to make it more creative, joyful and thought-provoking.
The festival carried on as the National Street Choirs Festival and in 2013 ‘National’ was dropped from the Festival’s title to extend a welcome to choirs from all nations of the UK.
With its roots in the North of England, the Festival has blossomed across the UK, from Edinburgh to Brighton, Aberystwyth to Whitby.
Since its inception the Festival has expanded to welcome community choirs who sing together for a variety of reasons, not least the sheer love of singing, and the range of Street Choirs now includes anarchist choirs, women’s choirs, LGBTQ choirs, choirs of women asylum seekers, choirs singing to raise awareness of human rights, and community choirs simply enjoying singing together.
The Festival ‘anthem’ is Billy Bragg’s 1990 version of the Internationale.
In 2018 the street Choirs Festival was hosted by Hullabaloo Community Quire in Brighton. This website provided information for the choirs and singers attending the festival. We developed online registration, and allowed delegates to log into the website to access the resources they would need for the festival, including audio rehearsal files and workshop reservations. The website is now being handed over the team working on the Manchester 2019 festival, and we wish them every success.
- 2018 Brighton (Hullabaloo Community Quire)
- 2017 Kendal
- 2016 Leicester (Red Leicester)
- 2015 Whitby
- 2014 Hebden Bridge (Calder Valley Voices)
- 2013 Aberystwyth
- 2012 Bury
- 2011 Whitby
- 2010 Sheffield (Out Aloud)
- 2009 Whitby
- 2008 Brighton (Hullabaloo Community Quire)
- 2007 Manchester
- 2006 Gateshead
- 2005 Saltaire (Mass sing in Shipley)
- 2004 Leeds
- 2003 Belper
- 2002 Hebden Bridge
- 2001 Nottingham (Nottingham Clarion Choir)
- 2000 Manchester
- 1999 Bradford
- 1998 Leicester (Red Leicester)
- 1997 Morecambe (Pete Moser)
- 1996 Nottingham (Nottingham Clarion Choir)
- 1995 Stroud
- 1994 Leeds (Leeds People Choir)
- 1993 Cardiff (Cor Cochion + band)
- 1992 Sheffield (Sheffield Socialist Choir + band)
- 1991 Hackney (Big Red Band and Raised Voices)
- 1990 Newcastle
- 1989 Leicester
- 1998 Liverpool
- 1987 Bristol
- 1986 Bradford
- 1985 Newcastle (May) and Manchester (Nov)
The images used on this website come from various sources:
- NSCF 2014 Hebden Bridge
- My Brighton & Hove Website
- Choir members’ own photo collections