Street Choirs Celebrate their Roots
Sunday, July 7, 2002

The Hebden Bridge Street Music Festival had another succesful day on Sunday. Following the takeover of the town by choirs on Saturday afternoon, on Sunday there was a celebration of the tradition of the Clarion Vocal Union picnics. Held at Hebden Hey about 350 people gathered to hear songs from a variety of the choirs and the Hebden Bridge WoodCarft Folk. England arise, the Diggers Song, The World Turned Upside Down were among them . There was the first performance of "A Vision of Jerusalem, song for the Calder Valley" written by Andrew Bibby, celebrating the life of Caroline Martin, as well as readings from contemporary sources. Afterwards there was a barbecue organised by the WoodCraft Folk to raise money for their next international camp. There was a collection for some striking workers organised by the Cor Cochion Caerdydd.

It was a fantastic day to complete a fantastic weekend of celebrating the community choirs movement.

Thanks to Chris Green for this news