Autumn Concert 2015

Last month Birmingham Clarion Singers hosted a successful evening to support Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. A full programme of songs from the choir (see below), supported by two very special performances by Maria Caravanas and Gary O’Dea.

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Speaker from Birmingham Women’s Aid

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Donations can continue to be made to Women’s Aid here.

Maria Caravanas

Maria Caravanas

Gary O'Dea

Gary O’Dea

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An appreciative audience

Time for cakes...

Time for cakes…

...and refreshments

…and refreshments

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Programme notes

Bring out the Banners – A union song written by Australian John Warner, rearranged by Jane Scott to the traditional folk song “Sovay”.

Joe Hill – symbol for labour movements from around the world. Written by Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson in the 1930s.

The Sun (Greek Freedom Song) – Mikis Theodarakis has consistently opposed oppressive regimes and was a key voice against the Greek junta 1967-1974, which imprisoned him.

This Path – music by Clarion member Ben Aitken, words by Rebecca Matlou.

Sing John Ball – written by Sydney Carter to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Peasants’ Revolt, also called Wat Tyler’s Rebellion or the Great Rising.

A Man’s a Man for A’ That
– 1795, Robert Burns. An expression of egalitarian ideas of society. In memory of Mo Powell).

Scarecrow – written by John Tams, choir arrangement by Sue Gilmurray.

Hiroshima – written by Ishiji Asada and Koki Kinoshita.

H-Bombs Thunder
– written by John Brunner in 1958 for the Aldermaston March, and unofficial anthem for the anti-nuclear movement.

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Gary O’Dea presenting Jane and Annie with a portrait of Paul Robeson (by the very talented Peter Alexander Shields).

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