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We are a choir of about 25 people based in Telegraph Hill, South-East London, although we travel well. Strawberry Thieves was formed in 1996, the centenary of the death of William Morris, one of whose designs we are named after.
We sing at demos, labour movement meetings, birthday parties and at festivals of political song. We have close links with revolutionary choirs in France, Italy and Belgium and meet with them several times a year. Here's a short video of us at le Villard Reunion of French Choirs at Villard 2011.
Our repertoire draws on modern songs, as well as the wealth of political song which chronicles the history of struggle over the centuries, both in Britain and abroad. We bring a musical dimension to protests about the cuts in public spending.
We like singing - but most of all we like singing songs with a meaning - songs for change.
If you look at the Music tab you can download the sheet music for many of our songs. We are also expanding the website to include midi files so that if you want to learn the melody from the sheet music you can listen to the midi file on your computer, or as an MP3 version on your MP3 player or phone.
Most of our songs are sung in four-part harmony so it can be confusing to be singing one tune while other people around you are singing something different - but the end result is usually very pleasing!
If you would like us to sing at your event, or join the choir, do get in touch with us by phone or email.
Click here to listen to one of the songs we've been singing quite a bit recently: Ode to Privatisation Right click to save to your computer.
Here's a link to a short video of us singing against the privatisation of the NHS on the occupied Westminster Bridge: Siya Hamba on Westminster Bridge
We rehearse every Sunday evening and the choir is open to anyone interested in choral singing who supports our political aims - you don't have to be able to read music.
Rehearsals are generally at The Hill Station Community Cafe, Kitto Road, SE14 5TW from 7.30 - 9.30pm. Buses 343 and 484 stop virtually outside at St Catherine's Church and rail stations Brockley, Nunhead and New Cross Gate are within 10 minutes walk.
Ring John on 07986 998 172 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand and we can send you some of the songs we will be practising at our next rehearsal.
Follow us on Twitter: @StrawbThieves
We are also on Facebook
We have recorded "Don't Fence TTIP In" and War On Want have put images to it. Hope you like it: