|Sea Green Singers contact telephone Mike Cox: (+44 (0)7815 914776
| Hidden History
Concert on Saturday 28th April Quakers Meeting House: links
to youtube videos for all the songs.
Here are links to youtube videos of songs from the HH concert:
Introduction to whole concert - 21 minutes
Songs in concert including subtitles
John Ball - https://youtu.be/lusauqioQls
Diggers - https://youtu.be/u2d3ZOWPlko
Bonnie Besses - https://youtu.be/ijaCcN8bJSQ
George Fox - https://youtu.be/uxPxv2XA74I
Tom Paines Song - https://youtu.be/fY6XPuD78Yw
Slaves Lament - https://youtu.be/APuok_bzbFo
Peterloo - https://youtu.be/5xipfcV7HlQ
Chartist Anthem - https://youtu.be/BnWIjKZk1d8
Sow seeds of hope - https://youtu.be/th1rDz1B-CA
Poverty Knock - https://youtu.be/AYCrZ75B10o
Tolpuddle Man - https://youtu.be/QfjInB5t5ao
Emily Inspires Us Yet - https://youtu.be/H2QzjiM8O-k
Which Side Are You On - https://youtu.be/n18r2VyPpY4
Manchester Rambler - https://youtu.be/k6qQ9aJJ7yk
CarryGreenham Home - https://youtu.be/XnJRJunGFOY
No Gong Back - https://youtu.be/xGItwYDRM2Y
We Shall GoSinging - https://youtu.be/MMXMtD5x6qc
Levellers Day, May 20th 2017 - Liz Hodgson very generously agreed to keep us singing on the straight and narrow in the absence of Sarah Westcott on holiday.
1. Bella ciao, 2. Chartist Anthem, 3. Climate sceptic, 4. Fight the
cuts, 5. La lega 7. Oh a revolution now (to the tune of 'A drop o' Nelson's
|Cruse Benefit meeting of 5 choirs*, Saturday,
Oct 1st, 2016, Friends Meeting House,
* Jericho choir, Garsington singers, Joined up singing, Sounds Fun, Towersy choir. Sarah taught Walk a mile in my shoes and finished on the E.
Here is a sample taught by Philip of Spooky Mens choir: Do the Right Thing (not very good sound cos made on an old phone)d
We submitted this video to two groups:
1: Dear One Day One Choir Singers,
When you send the recording to us and visual artist and videomaker
Jan Vromman will make out of all these shootings a video installation.
Thi installation will be disseminated through the world wide web and
|Peace Event, Abingdon, 3rd July, St Ethelwold’s
‘A Celebration of Summer’. Songs of Peace and Social Justice
by the Seagreen Singers
and circle dancing on the lawn with music, the tea and cakes followed by a time in the Sanctuary listening to the words of some of the great teachers of this world.
Song-list for Peace Event, Abingdon, 3rd July
We are the Oxford SGS + Gentle, angry people, We've sung a thousand songs of peace : tune only, Lay down your sword and shield
Bringing peace is on our shoulders, We are all under the stars, We've sung a thousand songs of peace: tune + altos
Foolish Notion, If all the might of darkness, We are for peace, This is my prayer for peace, We've sung a thousand songs of peace: all parts
In reserve, if time and appropriate: songs on other themes
John Ball, Let us in, Txoria - Basque song
|Street Choir Festival: 2016 About 40
or so street choirs from all corners of the country came to Leicester
for a weekend of singing from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th June and will
be based at Curve theatre.
The Massed Sing in Jubilee Square (12 noon Saturday 25th June) when all the choirs, about 800 people, will gather in Jubilee Square to sing:
• Ain't Gonna Study War (Roxane Smith)
• Different Ships (Kirsty Martin) which we haven't sung before
• E Malama (Nickomo)
• Never Turning Back (Pat Humphries) - this is on our web site but we haven't sung it since I have been coming, something like the last 8 years or so.
• Singing For Our Lives (Holly Near arr. Jane Schonveld and Val Regan)
• The Internationale (Billy Bragg)
Busking at around 15 busking sites around Leicester city centre (1 pm until 4.30 pm Saturday 25th June)
Example of workshop learning from Kirsty Martin: 'Music's not gonna change the world' - mid voice, all
|Levellers Day, Burford,
14th May 2016: click on image to enlarge it.
Womens International Festival, Tuesday, 8th March, in the Oxford Town Hall on Women's Day. The room will be laid out in ten tables & there will be refreshments available.
1. Intro: We are the Oxford Sea Green Singers; 2. Women
in Harmony: 3. Women's song: 4. Nana
was a suffragette: 5. Wangari: 6. La
lega: 7. No going back:
8. Bread and Roses: 9. Rosa
Parks: 10. Bella Ciao - For Women
|Anti - Trident demo, London 27th Feb. 2016:
Assemble 12 noon, Saturday Location Marble Arch, London
Campaign choirs singing at Trident demo. (Calder Valley Voices, Yorkshire; Côr Gobaith, Aberystwyth; East Lancs Clarion Choir, Lancashire; Liverpool SocialistSingers; Protest In Harmony, Edinburgh; Raised Voices,
London; Red and Green, London; Red Leicester; Red Notes, Bristol; Rise Up Singers, London; Sea Green Singers, Oxford; Sheffield Socialist Choir; StrawberryThieves, London; TubThumpers, Brighton.
Click on left image for video of Trident has got to go - Click on right image for Siya Hamba video
Friday, 5th February Support gig for Oxford City Farm. singing for around 20mins and there is a band and ukelele group planned. The event will be in St Gregs school in Cricket Lane at 7pm
singing Sea Green Singers: Climate Sceptic: Carbon free society: When I needed a neighbour: Bella ciao for the climate: Just desserts round: Those were the days
|Saturday, 12 December, 2015, Paris, COP21
Climate change demo: crowd on march around choirs singing Bella Ciao
- Click on image to see video clip of Bella Ciao
Saturday, 5th December, 2015, Green Fair,
Town hall, Meet in the Town Hall at 11.45pm (probably) - two
sessions: first at 12.30, second at 1.30pm). Songs (in singing order
in two sessions)
Click on images to enlarge.
|29th November 2015, COP21 Climate Change
Demo: 'Raised Voices so enjoyed your company at the Climate Demo on Sunday!
And although it was grey and windy, the rain held off. We didn't get an
accurate count but think we were at least sixty singers in the first stand,
on Hyde Park Corner at the start of the march, and probably thirty-five
or forty at the second stand, down at Downing Street. Certainly we had
singers there from East Lancs Clarion choir, Red Leicester, Sheffield
Socialist Choir, Sea Green Singers from Oxford, and Hullabaloo / R&G
from Brighton. From London we had members of the Rise-up group, Red and
Green, and a great input from Strawberry Thieves - John very usefully
playing our pre-recorded songs to boost the volume. Alone, Raised Voices
wouldn't have been more than fifteen or sixteen - our sound would have
been feeble without you all!' Play a video|
Click on photo to see clip of singing at demo
|3rd October 2015, Saturday, Songs
for the International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT) to raise funds to
pay for a memorial to the 26 men and women from Oxfordshire and Oxford
University who went to Spain to defend the Spanish Republic against Franco
and the nationalist rebels. 2nd Concert: Aidez L'Espagne,
A Concert in tribute to the men and women of Oxfordshire who fought for freedom in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT, Car Park, 5 minutes walk from railway station, Saturday, October 3rd, Concert 7.45 to 11-15, Ran Kan Kan, The SeaGreen Singers, John Christie, Maeve Bayton, La Pasionaria's. The Internationale, Film by Sonia Boue at 7pm when bar opens
N'kosi Sikelele, Bella Ciao, Derry Streets, Asikhatali, Maria Luisa, La Quince Brigada, Jarama, Rosa Parks
16 May, Saturday, 10.30 to 3.30
- Levellers’ Day 2015, Burford,
|9, 22, 23,25th April Hustings
for election singing songs to Save the NHS: Hustings
9th April Thurs ,
Election Hustings for CPRE about rural England Thursday 9th April, at St. Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX26BG, 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
Chair: Bill Heine, BBC Radio Oxford. Clip of singing on local news TV.
|4 April 2015: 'Counter cultural' event
in Bonn Square against EDLwho marched in Oxford 4th April.We sang before
the SWP sound system drowned us out with revolutionary songs on their
sound system. No footage of singing but a clip of what we were demonstrating
against: around 100 EDL persons trying to march through Oxford. They didn't
click on image to see video near police station.
14th March 2015 Pre-election busking, Saturday: Carfax next to 'Save NHS' stall. Singing to support Saving our NHS, Stopping the EU-US trade deal TTIP, Cracking down on tax dodging
14th Feb 2015: Global
Divestment Day: People across 6 continents are planning a day of action
that will challenge the fossil fuel industry’s social license
to operate and bring divestment campaigning to a new, truly global level.
To break the climate deadlock, we celebrate a Global Divestment Day
in Oxford on Feb 14th. There were a number of "flash mob"
type events, meeting at 1pm in Radcliffe Square.Photos of the event
by the professional photographer are here in large and small formats.
They probably won't be there for too long so download what you want
(right click each photo and use 'Save as' on the menu). I will put a
few on this web page in due course.
|22th Nov One World Fair, Town Hall.|
|6th Dec. Green Fair, Town Hall. Usual performance time between midday and 2pm, tbc|
|15th November 2014 Commemorating
the Peacemakers, Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW,
Day conference with FoR, Oxford Quakers, Movement for the Abolition of
War and Ruskin College.There are plenty of events around the world marking
100 years since the start of “The Great War”. Our programme
aims to offer an alternative history and focus on those who tried to prevent
the war, and those who resisted it, both before it started and during
it. We will learn about the peace, labour and women’s movements
leading up to the war and what they were doing in 1914. We will try to
relate their struggles to those of peace-makers today and what lessons
we have learnt about peace-making for 2014. In the evening Free Concert,
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Sea Green Singers – songs of justice and
peace interspersed with poetry readings about war and peace, Ciaran Walsh:
story-teller, recounting the Christmas Truce. Men’s group singing
songs about the pity of war, East Oxford Community Choir: excerpts from
‘The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace’, by Karl Jenkins.
Hear songs from the concert here
Click on image to enlarge
28th September 2014: Lewisham People
Before Profit and Strawberry Thieves Choir invite SeaGreen Singers to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International
Working Men’s Association (the First International on 28th September
1864 at St Martin's Hall, Long Acre, London. The event is at 3.00pm
at the Rivoli Ballroom, 346-350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, London
SE4 2BY (opposite Crofton Park Station served by trains from Blackfriars).
There will be an opportunity for discussion and celebration of achievements
of the international working class movement with songs, posters, banners
in a non-sectarian atmosphere. There will be entertainment from from
revolutionary choirs in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and other parts
of Britain. We are also inviting acoustic musicians known for their
commitment to the working class movement. Marxist magician Ian Saville
will participate and perform (check him out on YouTube).
6th September 2014: Concert in aid of International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT) to raise funds to pay for a memorial to the 26 men and women from Oxfordshire and Oxford University who went to Spain to defend the Spanish Republic against Franco and the nationalist rebels. to be placed in Bonn Square in Oxford. 6.30 p.m at The Gladiators Club, 263 Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1SJ
Songs: Maria Luisa, Asikhatali, Bella Ciao, Dance des bombes , Derry Streets , Jarama, Nkosi sikelele, Rosa Parks, Viva la Quince Brigada
|17th May 2014 Levellers Day: Speaker:
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary. Due to planned refurbishment
of hall next to church we sang in front of the church under the tree for
30 minutes and at the recreation ground at the top of the hill.
below left: 30 mins singing before the comemoration ceremony by the church; right: singing Internationale and Red Flag at end of debate.
|1st May Soapbox City Broad Street Oxford, Oh Mr Cameron: see the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqPVsXZoRM|
|13th April 2014, Sing with 'Raise the
rafters' (Jenny Wright - Aylesbury) and Strawberry Thieves (London): 11am
till 5pm, FoR, Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, We learnt: Oh Mr Putin,
Danses des bombes and Don't Believe what you read in the papers. We didn't
learn Badger Song, Deserter and Tom Paines Bones (they didn't cut the
mustard). Photos thanks to Martin Vickers (Strawberry Thieves)
|8thFeb 2014 at 12.00 noon: Concerned
citizens, including Sarah L., Owen, Mike, Jane, Emma and Siobhan, and
the Raised Voices of London choir converged on Reading Police Station
on Saturday 8 February to report on crimes being committed at the Atomic
Weapons Establishment (AWE) nuclear bomb factories in Aldermaston and
Burghfield, Berkshire. In conjunction with Action AWE (Atomic Weapons
Eradication), calling on the police to arrest government and AWE officials
responsible for nuclear warhead production and deployment, which facilitate
preparations to use nuclear weapons, contrary to International Humanitarian
Law. The crime ref. no. was EA4402481-**.
Click on the image below to see a video clip
1st Feb. 2014, Carfax, Oxford. Songs for the NHS Support Rally, Feb 1st, 2014 Noon. 1.Its the same the whole world over, 2. We got fooled again, 3.Fight the cuts, 4. Siyahamba, 5. Don't believe what they say...., 6. I/We want Rosa to stay, , . O Mr Cameron + Bandiera Rossa, 8 . Singabahamba, 9 . Fat Cat, 10. Internationale (Billy Braggs version)
|16th November 2013, One World Fair, 2.45pm Town
1. We have got the power, 2. We got fooled again, 3. Peace is on our shoulders, 4. Siyahamba, 5. Don't believe what they say....
6. We want Rosa to stay, 7. Foolish Notion, 8. O Mr Cameron + Bandiera Rossa, 9. Singabahamba, 10. We are not just against the fighting
11. Fat Cat, 12. One nuclear bomb, 13. Internationale
(sorry for the blurred pictures, we appear to have asked the only Japanese tourist in Oxford with little idea how to take a picture)
|26 Sept. 2013 'Events' play by David
Grieg, North Wall theatre, Summertown.
Video clip of last verse of Siyhamba which opened the play
(only the back view I'm afraid - still it may induce some memories) -
If the movie does not play when you click on the link you should download it (right click and 'Save As' - see Downloads page) and open it in Windows Media Player.
Backstage getting ready; Final song of show: 'We are here'
Fiona, Eliane and Alistair; Nicola, Bob and Jane before the show. Outside the theatre: Polina (animateur), Don, Rudi (star).
Rudi Dharmalingam on stage; Script
The Events: The North Wall, Oxford, Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Oxford Times Theatre Reviews By Angie Johnson, *****
The North Wall arts centre continues to programme some of the best contemporary touring theatre available and their latest coup was to host one of the most lauded productions to come out of this year’s Edinburgh Festival — The Events by David Greig. The ‘events’ refer to a shocking shooting spree in a seaside village unleashed against a community choir by a lone gunman.
This play explores the shock, bewilderment and anger of the aftermath through the eyes of traumatised local priest and choir leader Claire, played by Neve McIntosh. Her heartfelt performance is passionate, intelligent, and perfectly controlled as the time-shifting structure of the play interweaves her story before the attack with that of the very different Claire who emerges from it. The other actor in the piece, Rudi Dharmalingam, plays the disturbed teenage gunman and several smaller roles. As The Boy, he gives a well-judged and finely balanced portrayal that shines light into unimaginable darkness but is completely devoid of sensationalism.
Onstage throughout is the choir — singing out with passion both the dark and the light undercurrents that are at the heart of the story. In every venue of the tour local choirs are recruited to perform. On the night I went, Oxford’s Sea Green Singers and Sounds Fun performed with great accomplishment. Not only were they in great voice but many took on small acting vignettes too.
This cross-over of performers from choir to characterisations was an inspired touch from director Ramin Gray as it evoked a palpable community populated by individuals. As the Repetiteur, Magnus Gilljam directed both the blocking and the musical aspects of the choir perfectly. He pulled the whole piece together seamlessly as they flew through John Browne’s eloquent score with its wildly contrasting emotions. The play ends on a strong note of compassion, acceptance, and moving on, as choir, cast and audience join in a final song that brings the community together to heal.
|19-21 July 2013 Aberystwyth
street choir festival: sang La Lega and We Got Fooled Again on stage (7
minutes) and busked from Levellers Day progamme
|14th July General Meeting at Sarah H's house|
|4th July People and planets, Hogsacre common, sing and lead workshops for Tara's activists camp|
|15th June 2013: Second national choirs
demo/protest sing in support of Action AWE in Reading and Burghfield
on Saturday 15 June. Download
replica (Word doc) of 'Action AWE Songbook' for Reading/Aldermaston
demo': On April 20 and 15 June political choirs from all over the UK will
come together to sing songs in support of Action AWE. Download
small version printing double sided to A6: (printing
|18th May 2013 Levellers Day: SGS lead the singing of Internationale (old words), the Red Flag and the Levellers Song outside the church. We sang in the church after the procession from 1.30pm until 2pm: Rolling Home, Blood and Gold, Under the stars, War Machine, Tom Paines Bones, Bread and Roses, The Diggers Song, Senzenina. Recordings of some these are here: levellers page)|
Oxfam farewell to their CEO Barbara. Thursday, 28 Feb 2013: Programme Haere Mai, Dinoke'eng tse Bablione, Janie Mama, Siyahamba, Nada et turbe, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
|Bury Street Choir Festival, July
13 - 15th 2012.
|Saturday 30th June, 10.30– 4.30pm
in St Columba’s Church Hall, - One voice - Singing workshop with
of the a capella group Coope Boyes and Simpson, Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH. -£12 early booking before 15th June - £15 on the door - £10 unemployed
|Saturday, May 19th 2012, Levellers Day, Songs for levellers day: Levellers Day song, Which side are you on?, O Mr Cameron + Bandiera Rossa, I paradisi, Bread and Roses, Diggers, Siyahamba, Tom Paine’s bones, Singabahamba, Internationale, We are all under the stars|
|March 8th: Internationale Womens Day:
Morning at Oxfam singing at the start of conference: Singhaba Hamba ya Tina, No going back, We are all under the stars
Evening between 7.10 to 7.30 at the Town Hall singing:
Freedom is a voice, La lega, Nana was a suffragette, Bread and Roses, Wangari, Rosa Parks, Singabahamba, No going back, We are all under the stars
In Oxfam business centre, Cowley, for mid-day gig
In town hall rehearsing prior to evening gig - its a serious business!
|Raise Your Banners political song
festival at Bradford Nov 25 - 27th 2011. Performance at choirs
concert Saturday afternoon:
| August 7th 2011 Sunday, Lantern
floating to commemorate Nagasaki Day, Donnington Bridge, Oxford.
Only 5 people were available so we organised singing 'We want peace' (round).
Click on image to see a 45 second movie
|July 9th Bobs birthday
at St Mary's church, Barton, on Bayswater Road just after the Headington Roundabout. .
Welcome - we're gonna sing together, Thina Simunye, War no More, La Lega, fight the cuts song, Siyahamba.
|June 26th Wittenham festival, 1.30 in pub|
15th May, Sunday, International Conscientious Objectors Day, at Peace Plaque in Bonn Square, 12.30pm when there will be some prayers etc organised by the four City Centre Ministers from the Faith in Action Group. The Fellowship of Reconciliation will also be there. Contributions from 4 City Centre Ministers from the Faith in Action Group and from The Fellowship of Reconciliation. Also from personal recollections of conscientious objectors. Songs: Foolish Notion, We've sung a 1000 songs of peace, Aint gonna study war,
|14th May 2011, Levellers Day,
Burford. 1. We are the Oxford Sea Green Singers, 2. Levellers Day Song,
3. FIght the cuts, 4. Which side are you on, 5. Not in my name, 6. Hard
7. We'll fight on, 8. La lega, 9. William Brown, 10. It's the same the whole world over, 11. Joe Hill
2nd May Monday bank holiday 2011: After-May Day rally entertainment in 'Far from the Madding Crowd' pub, Oxford: Bella Ciao, Fight the Cuts, Its the same the whole world over, La Lega, Internationale, We'll fight on,Which side are you on, William Brown. Video clips of us in the pub on Youtube (also Horns of Plenty clips) on http://www.youtube.com/seagreensingers
11th December, Saturday Green Fair, Town
Hall: 14.00hrs until 14.40hrs.
|Saturday 27th November: Campsfield
Anniversary demo at Main Gate and around fence
Shouting over the back fence to inmates - as we left they shouted back "bring a ladder next time"
something stirs in the soup?
|2 October 2010 - at "RAF" Croughton US Communication Base Oxon Peace campaign annual demo, part of the annual Keep Space for Peace Week: we organised singing and eat a huge amount of delicious food and heard some riveting speakers and had hoops. The pix are to encourage more people to come next year.|
and lion-taming practise!
and the police made sure nobody ran away with the flag.
|21st September 2010: Unveiling of
Peace Plaque in Bonn Square, 2.00 pm Aint gonna
study war no more,Bringing Peace/Salaam, Siya Hamba
The plaque reads: 'Peace - To honour those who seek another path in place of violence and war'.
Levellers Day May 15th 2010 at
Burford: Doug Hamilton, who sent us the 'climate sceptic' song
sang in the middle of our slot
Blockade - February 15th 2010, Main Gate
Movie of Dancing and Singing at Main Gate
Janet, Mike, Pierre, Sue and Sid freezing at the main gate
SGS cheering up a security guard with Eh Malama with Sid radiating gently)
Fair - Town
Hall - 12 December 2009 - Same songs as One World Fair
- Town Hall - 21 November 2009 - Words
to the songs in Word doc (2 pages)
Campsfield Campaign - 28th November 2009 - making a noise at
the back of the camp where detainees can hopefully hear
On October 24th 2009, we joined Greenpeace and a broad coalition of groups participated in an international day of action singing at Bonn square, Oxford. Click to hear sound clips of the songs we sung: More CO2 in the air (Brick in the wall); Ed's got the whole world in his hand; Let coal be; When I needed a neighbour; Coal must have a cap on; No Coal (My girl);
Words of the songs here: Songsheet
Sids blue period
Whitby Street Choir Festival, 11th July 2009 - see clips at Youtube site of: I want to have a little bomb like you and Mangwala a Chechni . If you want a cd containing mp3 files of most of the final concert let me know.
Stupid Climate Change refugee camp 17th February 2009, Southampton
video of Greenpeace and sgs members Pete and Janet with
Elbows soundtrack 'One day like this'.
Drinking in the morning sun/ Blinking in the morning sun/ Shaking off the heavy one/ Heavy like a loaded gun
|Green Fair, Town Hall, 13th December 2008 - see clips at Youtube site of At the Coop, Hamba Kalale, E Malaama, They're building a wall, U Mandela, El Pueblo, Fair Trade Rant using Coffee words|
One World, Town Hall,
17th November 2007:
workshop given by Kirsty Martin: we learnt 'My Eyes Are Open'. Hear
the Manchester Festival version with beatbox here;
and the parts taught at the workshop here: bass,
and what we made of it here;
and what we made of 'Your
Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher'
One World Fair, Town Hall, 17th November 2007, The TEAM: 'Ginger and Fred' reincarnated (it was raining!) - click on the image to see the motion.
25th National Street Choir Festival, in Manchester,
Busking in one of the dedicated concert spaces in a busy Manchester mall
6th June 2007: At the official opening of Barracks Lane Community Garden:
|Siya Hamba -
We are Dancing in the Name of Peace (click on image
left for movie)
Performances (windows media player .wmv video) at debate 'Can music change the world' at Ruskin College, Oxford, Feb 25th 7pm, organized by 5 Arts Cities - Key Changes, a joint initiative betweeen Five and the Arts Council. You can see them from this site or on Youtube (the latter of poorer quality:
Captain Crow, a multi-choir formal work about a slavery trader broadcast by the BBCOxford on April 20th 2007: click here to visit a link to the BBC website with the broadcast performance.
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