What a wonderful time we had in Leicester for the weekend of the Street Choirs Festival.
30 choirs, the vast majority being politically engaged, gathered for a fabulous concert given by local musicians and comedians, a great massed sing in Jubileee Square, busking on the streets (including lusty singing as we strolled past marching soldiers gathered for Armed Forces Day), a fantastic concert of all the choirs, and workshops and a picnic the final day.
Phew. Exhausting? Yes. Exhilarating? Certainly. Inspirational? Undoubtedly — especially as it occurred on the weekend after the momentous decision to leave the EU. Wonderful to be surrounded by hundreds of people who care passionately about solidarity and diversity — the twin themes of the weekend.
Many thanks to Shereen and Penny for their brilliant leadership.
My first time at Street Choirs Festival, but definitely not my last!