Warm up those singing voices

If you’re coming to our EqualiTeas event on the 24th June then you’ll have a chance to listen to some Suffragette songs performed by the fabulous Swindon Community Choir and join a Pop-Choir to sing a modern anthem from the current women’s movement.

The March of the Women was composed by Ethel Smyth with words by Cecily Hamilton and was often sung by members of the WSPU at rallies, and on one occasion in the courtyard of Holloway Prison while Ethel Smyth conducted from a window using her toothbrush. Members of the Swindon Community Choir sang this for us at Radnor Street Cemetery in October 2015 – here is a snippet of the song as they greeted our Suffragette marchers.  The lyrics of several of the original suffrage songs can be found online: http://www.thesuffragettes.org/resources/anthems/

We would love it if people coming to our event joined us in singing a modern anthem called I Can’t Keep Quiet. If you would like to learn the chorus members of the Community Choir can teach you on the day and then you can join in a performance at 12.30pm. The song was written by MILCK and Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez and the #ICantKeepQuiet Global Community is dedicated to supporting organizations that are anchored in love, inclusivity, and hope, and that empower, unify, and mobilize fellow Gentle Rebels.

Watch the song performed by the Swindon Pop-Up Choir and filmed by Swindon Viewpoint.

I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone



EqualiTeas & Illustrated Talk

We are delighted to announce that this June we will be working with Eastcott Community Organisation on two events to celebrate Swindon Suffragette Edith New and have been awarded almost £1700 from the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme to support this. This is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebration of the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Thanks to the grant there will be two events at Savernake Street Social Hall in June; a family friendly EqualiTea on 24 June – a day of theatre, arts and crafts, song, a voting booth and a gardening activity; and a talk titled ‘Worth the Whipping’ on 29 June. Both events will be free to attend and more information will be coming soon.