Street Choirs Festival is 40!

The Street Choirs Festival grew out of the National Street Band Festival which began in Sheffield in 1984.

Want to know more about our history? ‘Singing For Our Lives, Stories from the Street Choirs’ explores the role of street choirs in British political culture. Tracing the origins of a number of street choirs, the book also tells the story of the Street Choirs Festival from its origins to the present day. Singing For Our Lives is based on oral histories from more than 40 members of UK street choirs, collected and presented by Campaign Choirs Writing Collective.

Campaign Choirs Network

Together we have a voice!

Given the political urgency of our times, the Campaign Choirs Network was formed in 2013 to share information about issues, events and actions. That urgency seems ever increasing. Through the Network, choirs share songs and campaigns and coordinate a collective presence at demonstrations and rallies. We organise through our email list, website and Facebook group. 

Find out more and contact us on our website or Facebook page

Here is the list of festivals which have taken place over the last 40 years.

1984SheffieldNational Street Band Festival
1985 (May)Newcastle
1985 (November)Manchester
1991London, HackneyNational Street Music Festival
Big Red Band and Raised Voices
1992SheffieldSheffield Socialist Choir
1993CardiffCôr Cochion
1994LeedsLeeds People’s Choir
1996NottinghamNottingham Clarion Choir
1998LeicesterRed Leicester
2001NottinghamNottingham Clarion Choir
2002Hebden BridgeCalder Valley Voices
2003BelperThe Rough Truffles
2004LeedsLeeds People’s Choir
2005Saltaire/ShipleyBradford Voices
2006GatesheadNational Street Choirs Festival
Caedmon Choir and Heaton Voices
2007ManchesterManchester Community Choir
2008BrightonHullabaloo Community Quire
2009WhitbyWhitby Community Choir
2010SheffieldOut Aloud
2011WhitbyWhitby Community Choir
2012BuryBury Acapeelers Community Choir
2013AberystwythCôr Gobaith
2014Hebden BridgeCalder Valley Voices
2015WhitbyWhitby Community Choir
2016LeicesterRed Leicester
2017KendalLakeland Voices
2018BrightonHullabaloo Community Quire
2019ManchesterManchester Community Choir
2022WhitbyWhitby Community Choir and Northern Chorus
2023KendalLakeland Voices
2024SheffieldCarfield Community Choir, Out Aloud and Sheffield Socialist Choir