POST FEST BLOG FROM KIRSTY…it ain’t over ’til it’s over!

…and it ain’t over (to quote Seize the Day) until all oppression is dead!

Happy Wednesday, Choral Comrades.

I have been in a bit of a retreat these last couple of days; processing, resting and remembering the weekend, but am now slowly coming back to earth/ life / my senses as I realise that… It Really Happened! And it was (literally) awesome! Thank you so much for making the pilgrimage South and bringing your positivity and passion to make Street Choirs 2018 so wonderful.

I want to give a really special shout out and thank you so much to the dedication of the steering group and crew volunteers who have worked for the last 18 months to create such a great festival experience for everyone. I got so many compliments about the organisation of the festival over the weekend, to which I mostly replied something along the lines of ‘monkey and organ grinder!’ ‘Tis true – I dread to think what would have happened if it had been down to me to organise…! This festival, quite simply, was a success because of these wonderful people.

Sure – some things went in an… unplanned direction! (Arriving at the sea front and being the only MD out of 5 was an interesting moment) – the busking started later than we had planned and we lost a few stewards along the way, but ’twas ever thus! It is the attitude of positive solidarity that allows us to rise above these moments as a collective and thank you to all those who were really understanding of this. All the stewards and crew were volunteers and we were all –  crew, MDs and singers alike –  doing our very best and all in it together!

I especially want to share the really positive feedback I received from so many folk about the new two night concert structure and how much people really appreciated us making the bold move to make more space for our growing community. I really hope that Manchester continues with this as a format and it becomes a tradition. MCC – put Hulla down for Friday night next year… we’re up for it!

We raised over £900 in the charity collections, which will be shared between the two charities: Music in Detention and Audio Active. You can still donate to them directly online if you didn’t get a chance to add to the buckets on the day. They do such amazing, lifeline work. Please do continue to support them in any way you can.

We are preparing the website to pass the address over to Manchester for the 2019 festival. It was always our intention to give the SCF a stable cyber home. We’ve left the pdf version of the programme and photos of the event online for you to remember the weekend. If you have any photos you would like to add to the website, or if you want any photos taken down, please email us

A boring but important  technical note here: for data protection/GDPR reasons we will be deleting everyone’s individual logins to this site in the next few days. We will only be handing over to Manchester the contact info of the MDs and the Choir Reps. We will be emailing all the Free Rangers to ask them if they would like to remain on the contact list also. We have been looking after your data since you registered, and want you to know that we will delete sensibly….

Looking forward to Manchester 2019 but first we are going to have a gin and lie down!

Kirsty Martin
MD Street Choirs Festival 2018