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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Join our Protest Choir

Sociology Sings Back

Sociology Sings Back

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Sociology’s ‘Protest Choir’ signs about Active Bystanding. Join us this year

Sociology Sings Back

Sociology Sings Back is a virtual protest choir open to staff, students and members of the wider University. We sing songs of protest based around research themes of Durham's Sociology Department and these are intended to be a call to action. Performances are led by our Protest Singer in residence Nicky Rushton.

Come and meet us and find out more

We will be holding 3 half hour zoom workshops at the dates below:

To sign up, please join using the Event-Brite links below.

19th November 1.00-1.30

26th November 1.00-1.30

3rd December 1.00-1.30

The workshops will involve some short fun warm up activities, a sing through a protest song learning the current song and how to record yourself. Participants can come to any or all of the activities.

Our current Project - How to Submit Your Video

We are currently singing the song ‘Active Bystander’ written by Nicky as part of our Artist in Residence Programme in Spring 2020. The song is a call to action and singers provide backing and a chorus. A small group of 25 singers have produced a first version and you can see an excerpt on youtube.:

To participate you should first familiarise yourself with the full song at this link.

Next you should listen to the choir backing track .

You will need:

  • a smart phone with a camera (to record yourself)
  • a laptop, pc or tablet (to listen to the YouTube backing track while singing)
  • a set of headphones connected to the laptop/pc/tablet.

1. Connect your headphones to the laptop/pc/tablet and bring up the following YouTube clip in your web browser ready to play.

2. With the camera app on your phone set to record video in ‘Portrait’ (phone upright) start recording with your face central. You will need your hands free.

3. Start the YouTube clip playing through your headphones. A few seconds in you should clap your hands together on the sixth ‘pip’ together with Nicky.

4. Sing the choir harmony and chorus with Nicky following the words.

5. At the end of the song stop your video recording.

6. Send your completed video to by . All videos should be submitted by mid day on Monday 7th December.