The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) choir at the University of Bristol is open to all staff and students to express their feelings, especially around issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity.
The small and welcoming choir is open to all who want to get involved in the creative process and to sing.
The choir originally started as a way to give people a voice around complaints. Turning these issues into song may sound strange at first, but it’s a really powerful way of getting the message across and amplifying people’s voices.
We have now moved onto exploring other issues that are really important such as mental health. The choir was started in 2017 and has performed four times in the University.
The choir is directed by musician Emma Smallwood. Emma leads us through the whole process, turning the material into song, and encourages us to get involved in the creative process in creating the songs as well as learning and singing the songs.
The Bristol EDI choir draws inspiration from other complaints choirs around the world, bringing people together and to using members shared beliefs to work together and use our energy to make positive changes.
Get involved: No auditions, just a willingness to get stuck in!
We normally meet every Monday, 1 pm to 2 pm in the Common Room at 8 Priory Road, Bristol.
As of April 2020, we meet online on Monday lunchtimes.