Street Choirs Festival 2019


The 2019 Street Choirs Festival will run from Friday 12th July until Sunday 14th July in Manchester and is organised by Manchester Community Choir. More detailed information about the event can be found on the Festival website and on Facebook.

Festival venue

The Festival will be based at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Red Leicester has now registered as a choir for SCF 2019.

Online individual singer registration is now closed. If you wish to register at this late stage, please contact the organisers direct at info@streetchoirs.orgIndividual registration costs £40 plus £1.95 admin. fee (there are a number of free registration places for anyone on means-tested benefits for which they can apply in confidence by emailing You can also order Friday night concert tickets, T-shirts and Sunday picnics whilst registering.

Once you have registered individually, you will be able to access the Singers area of the website to find out about other registered choirs, learning resources, including the Massed Sing songs, timings of the festival, mobility/access advice, homestay details and other useful information.

Sunday Workshop Registration

Sunday workshop registration is now open. You will need to go to the Singers area of the website to find a list of these from which you can make your choices. There are 15 to choose from (including singing, dancing, circus skills, walking tours etc.) each running twice at 9.30 and 11.15 am.


Manchester Community Choir has reserved rooms in student accommodation run by Liberty Living very close to the RNCM. These include a range of single and double rooms, all with en suite facilities and self-catering kitchens in 4-6 person units. Prices start at £50-£75 per person per night. Click here for more details.

This accommodation is also available in the days before and after the festival for those who want an extended stay. For more information about what lse is happning around Manchester at that time, have a look at

There will also be a limited number of places available in Manchester Community Choir members’ homes. If you are interested in this option, you can register your interest here.

Massed Sing songs

I will add links below to music and lyric files as these are made available. The Massed Sing songs are:

Sing John Ball (Sydney Carter, arr. E Powers) Link to YouTube clip of Manchester Community Choir singing this at SCF 2017.

Nana Was A Suffragette (Jules Gibb)

We Need Each Other Now (John Kettle, arr. A Crutchley)

Freedom Is Coming (Traditional, South Africa)

Pokarekare Ana (Traditional, Maori)

We Shall Not Give Up The Fight (Traditional, South Africa)

Busking programme

We have three busking slots (2.20, 3.20 and 4.40 pm) and we will be singing songs from the following: Is This The World We Created; William Morris; Quiet; Can We Afford The Doctor?; Unison in Harmony; Turning the Clock Back; Get On Your Bike; Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?; You’ve Got a Friend; Pointless Packaging; Song of Peace; I Am a River; Bandiera Rossa; Citizens’ Shanty; Internationale.

Saturday Concert songs

We will be singing at 9.30 pm in the Theatre (there are two parallel concert venues). Our songs are: Lives In The Balance and PET (Plastic Bottles).

Street Choirs Festival on Facebook

Click here for the official SCF 2019 Facebook page.