Wassailing in the age of Covid-19

A busy year for Birmingham Clarion Singers. I would love to have heard their “Sans Day Carol,” a jolly song of which I have such fond memories.
Such things bring joy to the world – but that’s another tune! I wish them well into their ninth decade doing good through the agency of song.

Birmingham Clarion Singers

What a year 2020 has been.

When we celebrated International Womens Day with Erdington Labour Women’s Forum on March 7th,  we could never have imagined the circumstances we would find ourselves in just two weeks later. A global pandemic, social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising everything in sight, became our new normal. Plans to celebrate 80 years of Birmingham Clarion Singers were folded up and put in the cupboard, and the vibrant, noisy celebrations of the Cradley Heath Women Chainmakers were relocated online.

Wednesday rehearsals were temporarily displaced by Zoom quiz nights, as the realisation that singing was one of the most dangerous activities on the planet became apparent (but we always knew that. In times of unrest and protest, song has invariably been used by the people, for the people).

We said some sad goodbyes in 2020. Graham Stevenson, long time supporter of Clarion (and father of…

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