Members of Red Leicester joined the thousands of people in London protesting at the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK (organised by the Stop Trump Coalition). A Big Choir was assembled by the Campaign Choirs Network to serenade marchers on Regent Street singing songs with anti-Trump lyrics and sentiments (13th July 2018).

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Red Leicester spent a scorching hot weekend in Brighton (29th June – 1st July 2018) at the 2018 Street Choirs Festival.  Here are a couple of photos of the choir busking in the Pavilion Gardens:

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Red Leicester sang two pertinent songs, Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed and Can We Afford the Doctor?, as a prelude to a talk by Professor Richard Murphy to the Secular Society in the Secular Hall (12th June 2018). Professor Murphy is a tax campaigner, academic and author of the book, The Joy of Tax with unorthodox but compeeling ideas about taxation and the economy. Afterwards he paid tribute to the choir in his blog!

Richard Murphy talk 12.06.18

Members of Red Leicester joined singers from Leicester Amika to sing songs in support of Leicester Sing For Water at the Riverside Festival (3rd June 2018). Below is Red Leicester singing I Am A River and Deep Blue Sea.

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Singers from Red Leicester greeting the arrival and departure of the Anti-Poverty Bus Tour in Leicester organised by the European Minimum Income Network. Red Leicester sang several songs (you can view Ambrose Musiyiwa’s videos of these here).  The photo below (again courtesy of Ambrose) shows Red Leicester singers plus City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, local Bangra dancers and members of the EMIN bus tour (22nd/23rd May 2018).

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A few members of Red Leicester joined Friends of the Earth supporters in a vigil for the trees of Prebend Gardens (16th May 2018). You can view a video of this here.

At the annual International Conscientious Objectors’ Day ceremony on (15th May 2018) on Peace Walk, Red Leicester sang several songs following news about Eritrean refugees and an update on the 2017 Leicester Charter on the militarisation of young people (you can sign this here).

Int Consc Obj Day 2018

A hardy few from Red Leicester journeyed to London and walked from the embankment to Hyde Park on the TUC New Deal for Working People March  (12th May 2018):

TUC New Deal March May 2018

Several members of Red Leicester at the International Workers’ Day Rally in Leicester city centre (5th May 2018) listening to several speakers including Marlene Sidaway (President of the International Brigade Memorial Trust):

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A small slice of Red Leicester sang  Unison in Harmony and There Is Power In A Union at the International Workers’ Memorial Day event in Town Hall Square (28th April 2018). Leicester South MP and Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth posted a video of the choir singing on his Facebook page.

Red Leicester busking in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care in Market Street, raising £62 to add to the collectors’ own efforts (14th April 2018):

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Red Leicester sang Bandiera Rossa and the Internationale at a ceremony honouring three Leicester men (Roy Watts, Fred Sykes and Jack Watson) who died fighting in the Spanish Civil War. See more in the Leicester Mercury (30th March 2018).

International Brigade Plaque (Leicester Market)

Members of Red Leicester singing on the UCU picket line outside the University of Leicester in support of their protest against attacks on their pensions (16th March 2018):

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Red Leicester singing at its annual Fundraising Ceilidh (10th March 2018) with Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra at the Ukrainian Hall. The evening raised just over £714 for our chosen charity, the Real Junk Food Project, who also provided all the food (photo courtesy of Ambrose Musiyiwa/Civic Leicester).

Ceilidh 2018

Members of Red Leicester serenading the early morning UCU pickets (6th March 2018) outside the University of Leicester in support of their protest against attacks on their pensions (photo courtesy of Ambrose Musiyiwa/Civic Leicester):

UCU picket line3 March 2018

Red Leicester sang several peace songs at the opening of the Art and Protest Exhibition (27th February 2018) in the Basement Gallery of the Adult Education Centre, Belvoir St. The exhibition was illustrated through the work of local artist and veteran peace campaigner, Anna Cheetham (pictured below with Red Leicester, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and Bruce Kent – photo courtesy of Ambrose Musiyiwa/Civic Leicester).

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Red Leicester opening a series of Choir Nights at Upstairs at the Western theatre and raising £123.60 from the ticket sales for Leicester Time To Change, a local mental health group (24th January 2018):

Choir Night at the Western Jan 2018

Red Leicester busking in the cold and damp and raising £71.50 for Leicester Friends of Bethlehem (13th January 2018):

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Red Leicester busking in Market Street and raising nearly £150 for Women’s Aid Leicestershire (9th December 2017):

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Red Leicester supporting a small gathering of Leicester City UNISON in support of the Fair Pay Now campaign for public sector workers (8th December 2017):

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Red Leicester singing at the University of Leicester UNICEF on Campus society’s Sing for Syria event in aid of the UNICEF Syrian refugee appeal (5th December 2017):

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Members of Red Leicester and Leicester Friends of the Earth protesting inside and outside Barclays bank in Leicester at the bank’s lack of clarity on when they would fulfil their pledge to disinvest from Third Energy, the company intent on fracking in Ryedale (2nd December 2017). More photos are on the Leicester FoE Facebook page and a report on the protest appeared in the Lutterworth Cloud.

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Red Leicester at a meeting of the Leicester Secular Society where they told their story, why they sing and what they sing about – What We Sing Is What We Are (19th November 2017):

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Red Leicester busking in Market Street  and raising £120 for two local charities for homeless people: One Roof Leicester and Festive Shelter (4th November 2017):

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Red Leicester singing in the choir accompanying Elaine Pantling in her one woman show, Alice In Her Shoesabout the Leicester suffragette, Alice Hawkins (28th October 2017). The photograph below shows the whole choir (also including members of Fosse Singers and DMU Square Mile choirs):

Choir for Alice In Her Shoes

Click here to see a video of the audience at the end joining with the choir in singing one of the show’s songs, Rise Up Women.

Red Leicester busking in Market Street and raising £122.20 for the We Shall Overcome anti-austerity campaign and local food banks (14th October 2017):

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(Picture by Lianna Etkind)

Red Leicester sang at the Palestinian Culture Event at the LCB Depot, Rutland Street to raise money for the Leicester Friends of Bethlehem (7th October 2017):

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Two photos of Red Leicester at the Gandhi Global Family Peace Festival at De Montfort University (19th July 2017):

Gandhi Global Family Peace Festival July 2017

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Three photos of Red Leicester busking at the Street Choirs Festival in Kendal (24th – 26th June 2017):



Busking at SCF 2017

and singing in the Saturday evening concert:

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For more photos of Red Leicester at the Street Choirs Festival in Kendal, click here.

Red Leicester singing at the Great Get Together in Leicester Cathedral Gardens (17th June 2017):


(Picture by Mike Sewell, courtesy of Leicester Mercury)

Red Leicester supporting International Conscientious Objectors’ Day on Peace Walk, Leicester (14th May 2017):

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Red Leicester outside Barclay’s Bank after the anti-fracking flash mob event (6th May 2017):

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Red Leicester singing at International Workers’ Day (1st May 2017) in Jubilee Square, Leicester:

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Adey with the banner:

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Red Leicester singing at International Workers’ Memorial Day (28th April 2017) in Town Hall Square, Leicester:

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Red Leicester performing at the Community Choirs Festival in Stratford (1st April 2017):

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Ambrose Musiyiwa has taken a number of photos and videos of Red Leicester performing, which can be seen on his CivicLeicester facebook page.

Some videos of Red Leicester singing can be seen on YouTube.

Videos of Red Leicester performing four songs at the national Street Choirs Festival in Leicester in 2016: You’ve Got a Friend, Walking Into Battle With the Lord, We Will All Go Together When We Go and Feeling Good.

Photographs of Red Leicester members at the national Street Choirs Festival in Hebden Bridge in 2014.

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A video of Red Leicester performing at the national Street Choirs Festival in Aberystwyth in 2013.