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Links to some UK Choirs, mainly political choirs with songs on their websites.

A list of British Street choirs and links to their websites is on Wikipedia here

Commoners Choir: www.commoners.choir

co-ordinates choir actions around the UK. It has a list of websites of participating choirs at:

Brighton Hullabaloo
http://www.hullabaloobrighton.org.uk/index.html : contact details, programme but no songs or music. Not a political choir

Bristol, Red Notes
: has a list of songs in their repertoire http://www.rednoteschoir.org.uk

Côr Cochion Caerdydd - Cardiff's Red Choir
Has words to the songs on their CD, many of which we sing:

Edinburgh, Protest in Harmony
: Currently organizing Songs for Faslane 365 Rise up Singing Blockade. For each song there is the score to print out, and also mp3 files with each of the parts. Good links page: http://www.protestinharmony.org.uk

Jubilee Community Choir, Stoke Newington, London. The choir sings a variety of pop and folk songs. Current set list inludes a handful of 1960's pop classics, a few jazz and swing numbers, a madrigal from the 1600s and they put scores lyrics and recordings on their site. It was here I got the translation to Plegaria a un Labrador and the link to Victo Jara's rendition on YouTube.

Leeds People's choir : no dedicated website, contact details for Yorkshire choirs including LPC here:

Liverpool Socialist Singers: Campaigning red choir with lots of song lyrics, songbooks and some sounds often in the form of YouTube videos. http://www.liverpoolsocialistsingers.net/

London, Velvet Fist: contact and cd details http://listen.to/velvetfist

London, Strawberry Thieves (London) : has scores for 33 songs some of which we already sing but many we dont complete with sound files (MIDI) for the parts. http://www.strawberrythieveschoir.org.uk and for mp3's

London, Raised Voices : good links page: http://www.raised-voices.org.uk

Nottingham Clarion choir: contact details: http://www.nottinghamclarionchoir.org.uk . You need to log in to access music.

Manchester Community choir : contact details but access to songs, music, parts requires a members password 'for copyright reasons': http://www.manchestercommunitychoir.org.uk

Oxford Community Choir: 'Sounds Fun': Gives contact details of a choir with a repertoire of traditional, folk, pop, ballads, gospel, jazz, blues: http://www.oxfordcommunitychoir.co.uk

Oxford Community Choir: 'Joined Up Singing' Their site gives contact details, gigs, no music. Not a political choir

Protest in Harmony: Scottish (Edinburgh) group much involved with anti-Trident missile campaigns. Lots of songs, scores, lyrics and mp3's at: http://www.protestinharmony.org.uk/wp/songs/

Sheffield Socialist choir: http://www.socialistchoir.co.uk : Very large choir. Lots of songs in variety of formats: some mp3's, some Sibeliius files, lyrics and scores. This link appears to go to the music site in spite of saying its is members only elsewhere.

Raised Voices Kings Cross, London has lots of songs with music and mp3's of parts.

Red Leicester Choir
http://redleicesterchoir.com/music/ has a large number of good songs, scores and midi files of the music

Raise Your Banners: home page for festival of socialist choirs meeting in Bradford bi-annually.
23 recordings for singer/songwriter competition 2011 on Soundcloud

International Links


A festival of revolutionary choirs called La Belle Rouge takes place in Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine, Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme (63), between Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Etienne occurs over the last week-end in July 2008. The way in which previous festivals have been organised is described here ; the way in which 2008 was organized is described here. French choirs who attended were Les Oies sauvages (Montreuil-93), La Barricade (Saint-Etienne 42), Choralternative (Rouen-76), Atelier Chanson de La Belle Etoile (Saint-Denis-93), Les Gaperons Rouges (Riom-63), Les Barricades (Grenoble-38), Les Josettes Rouges (Le Havre-76), La Bande à Rosa (Amiens-80), Les Joyeux Mutins (Lille-59), La Lutte Enchantée (Marseille-13), L’Accord Râle (Charlieu-42), des chorales révolutionnaires de Perpignan (66), Tours (37) et Lyon (69), La Chorale des Sans-Noms (Nancy-54), La Canaille du Midi (Toulouse-31)

http://www.rencontreschorales.eu for music and song recordings from Vassivieres 2011:
http://www.rencontreschorales.eu pour les enregistrements et la musique en notation de Vassivieres 2011:

Link for music and song recordings from St Amant 2008:
Lien pour les enregistrements et la musique en notation de St Amant, 2008:

Link for English songs sung by Strawberry Thieves at Amant 2008.
Lien pour chansons anglais de Strawberry Thieves chanter a St Amant 2008:

Compagnie Jolie Môme - a theatre group organizing La Belle Rouge
Links to choirs singing activists songs in France:

Chorale des Sans Nom - Nancy - This site has lots of mp3's of songs here
Le Drapeau Rouge - lots of lyrics but no music
Les Barricades - Grenoble - lots of songs, lyrics, and music with midi files of parts.
Compagnie Jolie Môme - a theatre group organizing the festival.
Canaille du midi - Toulouse - lots of songs with lyrics and documents, some mp3's, no music
Chor'alternative - Rouen - lots of original songs, with mp3 files of the parts and music in notation form.
La Lutte Enchantée (Marseille)
Gaperons Rouges (Riom)
La Barricade (Saint-Etienne)
La Bande À Rosa (Amiens)
Chorale des Canulars, Lyon
Espèce De Chorale (Brest): email pour renseignements: espece-de-chorale@listes.infini.fr


Il Mafatorri (Parma)
Voci Di Mezzo (Milano)
Il Deposito est en extraordinaire archive, une vrai mine des chants qui recueille beaucoup beaucoup de chants de proteste politique et social, pas seulement italiennes.
Il Deposito is an archive of activist songs in many languages with recordings, lyrics and details.
La Barricade - St Etienne - Textes, scores, MP3's

Other choirs without links
Joyeux Mutins (not known yet - see them in action at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7f1ws_les-joyeux-mutins_music
Les Oies sauvages (Montreuil)
Les Josettes Rouges (Le Havre)
La Lutte Enchantée (Marseille)
Les Joyeux Mutins(Lille)
L’Accord Râle (Charlieu)
Espece de chorale (Brest)

Anarchist songs
Irish site of anarchist and freedom songs from all over the world with English translations (the original site which does not seem to be so complete is here)

Chants de lutte - lyrics and activist documents
Chants de la rue - modern songs particularly new words to old songs
Mix-Cite - site of feminist songs
Merle Rouge - lyrics and documents
Drapeau Rouge - Many songs and some music here

Pages of links to French choirs and songs:

Karaoke: (http://karalbol.free.fr/) Unfortunately has been closed down as at 2015. A site of popular and revolutionary songs with the songs below in karaoke as well as the original versions. The karaoke versions show the words highlighted so you sing along to a backing track together with suitable graphics background. The site requires the download and installation of a free program <karafun> which can be downloaded from the site.

A bas l'état policier, Bella ciao, Bienvenue en chiraquie, C'est dans la rue, Chanson de Craonne, El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido, Front ouvrier (ou Le Front des Travailleurs), Gloire au 17ème, Hasta Siempre, Here's to you, Il est 5 heures (mai 68), L'appel du Komintern, L'âge d'or, L'Estaca, L'hymne des femmes, L'Internationale, La Butte Rouge, La Carmagnole, La Chanson du Père Duchesne, La Cucaracha, La Jeune Garde, La Semaine Sanglante, La Varsovienne, Le Déserteur, Le Drapeau Rouge, Le temps des cerises, Le temps perdu, Les Anarchistes, Les Canuts, Les Mains d'or, Les Nouveaux partisans, Les Partisans, Lily, Magouilles Blues, Motivés, Ne te trompe pas de colère, Ouvrez les frontières, Parachutiste, Porcherie, Potemkine, Quand un soldat, Salutations révolutionnaires, Sans la nommer, Solidarité, Son bleu (repertoire at Jan 2009 - new songs are added continually).

Outside Europe

Collection of anti-war songs of all types - An Italian site that collects anti-war songs world-wide hence in all languages and scripts. The home-page has links to lists of songs already translated from pop, folk, etc. It contains mostly lyrics but some mp3 downloads with some translations.
The main site doesnt seem to access the list of songs pending translation from English so here it is and it contains an enormous number.

Union Song - Australian site with songs and documents from all over the world: more than 600 songs and poems and links to over 240 Authors; some french translations of union songs.
New York City Labour Chorus: several sound files for Solidarity forever, Get thee behind me Satan, We shall overcome, Bread and Roses.

You can hear about 100 versions (mp3) of the Internationale sung in many languages including those by Billy Bragg and Pete Seeger: http://www.hymn.ru/internationale/index-en.html

Links to historical talks
by Paul Foot on YouTube, probably at Annual Socialist Workers Party yearly meetings on sbects like Percy Bysshe Shelley, Toussaint l'Ouverture (Paul Foot talk on YouTube first successful revolution by slaves in Haiti), Peasants Revolt, The Chartists

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