Writing in New Statesman, its political editor George Eaton reported on his encounter with the (campaign) choir at the anti austerity in Manchester in October:
‘A choir of middle-aged women stands along one side of the road singing an adapted hymn about the bedroom tax. It is haunting and powerful.’
Actually, George, it wasn’t only middle-aged women. The bass section, not to mention tenors, altos and sopranos of wide-ranging ages and a gender spectrum, would like to have a not-so-harmonious word in your ear about that! ‘Haunting and powerful’ might just let you off the hook, though. In fact, it wasn’t just one choir that George heard either, it was assembled singers from street choirs across Britain, from Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leicester, Birmingham, Aberystwyth, Cardiff… Bringing all these street choirs together was down to the Campaign Choirs initiative.