Women's Voices Choir
The Women's Voices Choir is a singing group for vulnerable BAME women and victims of domestic violence in Longsight led by musicians from Olympias Music. Our first 10-week project ran from March-May 2017. Now into our second year we are delighted to have been awarded an 'Awards For All' grant from National Lottery which will carry the project through until July 2019.
Previous engagements include concerts at the Pakistani Community Centre, Cross Street Chapel and, most recently, a production of Humperdinck's opera, Hansel and Gretel, at the Edge Theatre. Current projects include a collaborative composition with composer, Carmel Snickersgill, combining music written by the women with poetry written by the women on the theme of 'Women Who Dare'.
The women we work with are primarily members of Women's Voices, a charitable organisation which supports women refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable women to achieve empowerment equality and inclusion in Greater Manchester. Led by soprano and musical director, Abi Kitching, the purpose of this project is not only to teach women how to sing, but to create opportunities for BAME women and female victims of domestic violence to meet one another and encourage community integration through shared musical experience.