21 March 2018 | Community

The Manchester Survivors Choir

A unique group of people doing incredible things.

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Written by John Shepherd

22nd May 2017 was a devastating day not only for one city but the whole world. The great city of Manchester fell victim to an atrocious act of terrorism that took place after an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena. Those tragic events brought a lot of grief and heartache, and it’s a pain that we will always remember. 

Being based in Lancaster, we are proud of our North-Western roots and our close links to the city of Manchester. In the aftermath of the tragedy, we heard that tickets to the Ariana Grande concert were bought through our app which gave us an even stronger desire to help out in any way we could. 

In moments of sadness, there are so often people that show strength in adversity, who can forget the rousing ’This is The Place' from Tony Walsh, supported by thousands of people in Albert Square. 

'And they left us a spirit, they left us a vibe, The Mancunian Way to survive and to thrive, and to work and to build, to connect and create, and Greater Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great’ 

We were particularly moved when we found out about an incredible group of people, a group of people who were all there on that fateful night, and a group of people that have come together to provide strength for each other and take positive action to create something so special.

The Manchester Survivors Choir are a choir of 20 people. who got together in February to sing some songs and most importantly to be a source of support for each other after what they have experienced. 

Cath, from the Manchester Survivors Choir, sent us an update last week in which she said, ‘After we sang together, we then enjoyed tea and cake and had the opportunity to chat, offer each other support and generally feel the solidarity of others who have experienced something so awful. We have been brought together because we have shared something so horrific and tragic, which has impacted us all immensely, but it was so comforting to be around others who truly understand what we have been through, it really has been some of the best therapy we could have.’

The choir have a Choir leader, have their harmonies locked in and have already been booked for a gig at The Etihad!! This really does show the power of a community, it's amazing that a group of courageous people can create something so beautiful from something so tragic, we’re really in awe of this fantastic group. 

The Manchester Survivors Choir don't want to stop there, they want to ‘grow and grow’ and they have asked for our support in helping them reach out to any business or to any people that may also be able to sponsor the choir or help them in any way.

So this is our rallying cry, if you can assist us in any way, please let us know!! Let’s do our bit to keep this inspiring movement going, The Manchester Survivors Choir are spreading so much positivity and long may that continue.